HEIRLOOM RYE SHORTBREAD
About: Beautiful little cookies made with freshly milled flour (which makes them healthy!) These are incredible quick and easy to make. The freshly milled rye flour leads a wonderful grassiness and minerality to the cookies; this pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the benne seeds and the tartness of the orange blossom. Dough can be made days ahead of time and baked at your convenience.
Mixing: Use a hand mixer/kitchen aid to cream the butter. Sift rye and salt together. Sift powdered sugar; cream with butter. Add vanilla. Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper 1/4" thick. Cut into shape with a knife or cookie cutter. You can reroll scraps once. If dough becomes too soft, you can refrigerate until stiff. Bake in a 325 F oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.