Cooking With the Wood Sisters

Sally and Kathryn Wood bring their lifetimes of thinking about, preparing, and eating good food to Cooking with the Wood Sisters. They invite friends and family members onto their show to talk about and share favorite recipes.

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Sally Wood (above) lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Kathryn Wood (right) lives in Bend, Oregon.

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May 2022

Ina Garten’s Shortbread Cookies


Sally Wood recommends using following Ina Garten’s Shortbread Cookie recipe. You can find the recipe on line at


Sally’s make a few adaptations to the recipe:


1. Sally does not dip the baked cookies in melted chocolate.


2. Before baking, she shapes the dough into two rolls, wraps each roll in waxed paper, and puts them into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (The fat in refrigerated dough solidifies. The chilled dough spreads less than unchilled dough.)


3. When the dough is sufficiently chilled, Sally slices it, puts the slices on an ungreased cookie sheet, sprinkles them with sugar and bakes them in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Remove the baked cookies from the oven and let them cool to room temperature before removing them from the sheet.


4. No need to bake all the dough at once. Bake as needed.