Brown Sugar Shortbread

I like to sneak a bit of light brown sugar into almost everything I make. I love the flavor of the molasses in brown sugar. White sugar, a peerless product in many ways, doesn't taste like anything but sweet. Using brown sugar, like toasting nuts before adding them to a recipe, adds another level of flavor. You won't think "Oh, this tastes like brown sugar." You'll simply think "Oh, this is the best shortbread I have ever had." Homemade shortbread with ice cream is one of the coziest desserts you could possibly make for a dinner party of friends. Though it used to be commonplace (under the name short'nin' bread), almost no one bakes it at home any more. It's a snap.

Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, Butter Sugar Flour Eggs