Disconnected {Recipe: 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies}

3 Ingredient Simple Shortbread Cookies

Have I mentioned I’ve deleted all the social media apps from my phone?

Instagram has stayed, but everything else has gone. In addition, I’m keeping my phone downstairs instead of having it in my bedroom next to my bed. Some of you with the same addiction to being connected may understand how hard this has been for me. Others of you, who have a healthy relationship with social media and your phones may not. Either way, I knew it was something I needed to do to become more present in my life, less sidetracked when I should be on task, and more productive. 

iphone pictures being taken

It was my friend Kelley who gave me the suggestion… we were at a wonderful retreat together at the beginning of the month and she told me how much deleting social media apps from her phone has improved her life. It also hit me kind of hard when I was sitting with some of my best blogging friends in person… people I am used to connecting with only via social media…and we were all around a big table, in person, together and Kelley whispered across the table to me “Every single person is on their phone!”. Sure enough, I glance around and we are all chatting with each other but our faces were buried in our phones. How can we be truly connecting with each other when we are not even looking at each other? Is what I saw at that table, surrounded by beloved friends, what my family sees when they look at me?

Talk about a wake up call!

Tea time with shortbread cookies

So now, my phone will not be the first thing I connect with in the morning and the last thing I connect with at night. I’ll have more time for being with my family, reading, exercise, and all the other things I need to make space for. Social media will be reserved for the times where I am sitting at my desk by my computer, during my set work hours (which I’m still trying to carve out…that’s really hard too!).

What does this have to do with these amazing shortbread cookies? Nothing really… except for the fact that these are about as simple as can be and sometimes simplifying your life and the things around you is what will bring you the biggest riches. I know I will gain so much more by disconnecting some than I ever will have from being too connected. Don’t you agree?

3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
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This recipe was featured on Food.com and makes the best, simple shortbread. Serve with tea or coffee or use as a base for any recipe requiring shortbread.
Serves: 2 dozen
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks real salted butter (if using unsalted butter, add a tiny pinch of salt)
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Once blended, add the flour. Continue to mix together until mixture becomes a soft dough (it'll be crumb like at the beginning...keep mixing and it will turn to dough. If needed, add 1-2 Tablespoons of water).
  4. Roll dough out onto a slightly floured surface until ¼ inch thick.
  5. Cut into rounds and place on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a pale, golden brown.

I used this set of cookie cutters to get the perfectly, round shortbread cookies pictured above. 

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  1. says

    Welcome to my very small club. I’ve been going against the grain forever; I think initially because my job requires so much connectivity and I needed space from that but also because I’ve seen exactly what you did. My grown children come visit and bury themselves in their phone, catching every FB update and text message, yet not present with me or able to truly converse. It has seemed to me that their increased ‘sociability’ has resulted in something just the opposite.

    I stopped for lunch last weekend and could not help but notice the dad and his daughter at a table next to mine. My first thought was, ‘how sweet’ until I realized that he was on his phone the ENTIRE time and she basically sat there alone. It made me so sad and yet I see that a lot. She looked so lonely it almost made me 1. Cry and 2. Want to say something to him.

    Good choice…for you and everyone around you. Let’s start a movement!

  2. Icy Pie says

    I use a similar recipe 1500g plain flour 900g unsalted butter , pinch of salt and 500g caster sugar same method however I roll them into sausage shape, roll in demerara sugar slice and bake at 160c for 15-18mins also can put zest of orange, lemon, nutmeg or vanilla or all four!! these are called Balmoral Shortbread well I am Scottish! , I love the simplicity of them and thank you for putting up this recipe and yes they ARE great dunkers !

    • john smith says

      a stick of butter is like a liget stick of butter like you dont need to know it in grams it is a ligit stick of butter one that you can hold in your hand it is a rectangular prism go to goolge imajes and look up stick of butter to get an idea

  3. L. Shoberg says

    How well do these hold up in a Tea Duel? I am looking for a good cookie for our Tea Duel Society.

    • says

      Ha! I’m not sure at all, but know they taste good with tea :) I had no idea there was such a thing as a Tea Duel Society… just looked it up and am fascinated!

    • L. Shoberg says

      Oh, yes! There are rules, officials, specified sizes of cup, everything to make it a fun and exciting time! One of the Steampunk groups to which we belong, through rather new at it, is quite enthusiastic about our duels.


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