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Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

A recipe submitted to Family Circle at one point and said to be Michelle Obama's. It probably is!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Michelle Obama, Shortbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • Electric Mixer


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened (230 grams)**
  • 1 cup sugar 200 grams
  • 1 large egg separated
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Amaretto
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (I'd probably use more like 3/4 teaspoon)**
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 cups flour 260 grams
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Have ready an ungreased 10x15 inch jelly roll pan.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes).
  • Slowly add egg yolk, Amaretto, salt, orange and lemon rind, mixing well.
  • Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time and stir by hand until mixture is well blended.
  • Pat the mixture into an even layer in the pan.
  • Whisk the egg white until foamy, then brush on top of dough. Sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Cool slightly and cut into two inch squares while still warm.
  • Yield: 40 squares


The recipe calls for 1 cup of unsalted butter and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  I'd probably use salted butter and keep the 1/4 teaspoon of salt or go with unsalted and increase the salt to at least 3/4 teaspoon.  I'll update when I test.