Blueberry Maple Shortbread Cookies

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There used to be this little bakery in Cincinnati called Queen City Cookies that made amazing shortbread.They were shaped like elephants, and were tender and delicious. My favorite was a rosemary sesame flavor, but they also had a blueberry maple that tasted exactly like blueberry pancakes.

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I used to buy these at Whole Foods, but I noticed they didn’t have them anymore, so I thought I could get some online. Sadly, the bakery closed, and these cookies are no more 🙁

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When I saw some dried blueberries at the grocery store, I thought I could make them myself. While I don’t know the original recipe, I made one myself that turned out pretty good. Some butter (because you can’t have shortbread without butter!) dried blueberries, and a bit of maple extract are all you need to get the flavor right, and while I don’t remember if they taste exactly the same as the little elephant cookies, they are tender, and buttery, and taste pretty much like blueberry pancakes covered in butter and maple syrup.
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Blueberry Maple Shortbread Cookies

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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Desseert

Ingredients
  

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the maple extract and continue blending. Slowly beat in the flour and salt and add the blueberries until you have a slightly crumbly dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll the dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle and cut out using your favorite cookie cutter or just a floured drinking glass. Carefully lay the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with a little sugar, and bake for about 10 minutes, being careful not to overbake.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely before serving.
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