Classic Shortbread Cookies

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Classic Shortbread Cookies – it only takes 3 ingredients to make these mouthwatering shortbread cookies. These shortbread cookies melt in your mouth.


Let the baking begin!

I love the month of December. I get to bake lots of cookies and share it with all my friends. Baking around the holidays is so nostalgic for me. I love to bake in my kitchen as I listen to Christmas music, sometimes the same song over and over, because I have a handful of Christmas songs that I absolutely love. But the trick to baking lots of cookies is coming up with new recipes all the time. I know there are thousands of cookie recipes out there, but I want to bake the ones that look good to me, cookies that I know I’d eat, and others would want to eat.

Alright, who am I kidding. I haven’t met a cookie yet I haven’t wanted to eat. And these cookies here, couldn’t wait till they came out of the oven, just desperately needed to put one in my mouth as soon as possible.

You don’t understand, I haven’t had much carbs lately but I swore to myself that I will have a cookie, just one cookie! I had one, I’ve been good so far, but all I keep thinking about are these cookies downstairs on the counter just waiting for me, tempting me, calling me.


I mean who can have just one cookie? You need to have at least a couple cookies, with a nice cold glass of milk.

Anywho, let me tell you about this beautiful and simple recipe for classic shortbread cookies. 3 ingredients my friends, only 3 ingredients and you get to have the most delectable and buttery and sweet shortbread cookie you’ll ever have in your life. And if you’re really brave, unlike me right now, dip them in some melted chocolate. Are you with me?

Or simply drizzle some caramel sauce, or chocolate sauce, or a light dusting of powdered sugar. And dip, dip in your coffee, or tea, or even hot cocoa. I think I need to go downstairs, I have an appointment with my cookies.

Help me!


5.0 from 2 reviews
Classic Shortbread Cookies
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Serves: 20
  • 1½ cups salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (icing sugar or powdered sugar)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees.
  2. Blend butter until smooth in a large bowl using an electric mixer set at medium speed. Slowly blend in the icing sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and combine thoroughly. Add flour and mix at low speed until well blended.
  3. Pat dough into an ungreased cookie sheet. Alternatively you can roll out the dough so that it's about ¼ of an inch in thickness and cut them to your desired shape. I placed parchment paper on my cookie sheet, but it's not necessary.
  4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until just done (slightly golden in color). Do not let it get brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with colored sugar or other sprinkles if desired. Cut into squares if you haven't pre-cut them and place cookie sheet on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and enjoy!


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  1. bertha says

    I just got done making these delish shortbread cookies and I will never ever have to look for another recipe it’s the the easiest cookie you will ever make

  2. Laura Sammons says

    i am sooooo glad I found this recipe! I make sugar cookies with royal icing and I hate making sugar cookies. I’ve made this just like you did and then one day I decided to do cutouts and WOW were they delish. This is the easiest and tastiest cookie recipe. I have made it a bazillion times ( ok, maybe not a bazillion ) but a lot and they come out perfect every time. You do have to be careful with the pressure you put on the rolling pin because they are soft, but they are so quick and easy. I will never make another sugar cookie recipe. This is my go to recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Dianne says

    Best ever shortbread cookies!!!!
    So easy and simple to make! You can never go wrong. The cookies melt in your mouth!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

  4. Mindy says

    I made these tonight with my mom. We both love shortbread cookies. They were so amazing and buttery. For the last batch we decided to indent the center and fill it with raspberry jam for a thumbprint cookie. They were phenomenal!!! Thanks for such a great and easy recipe.

  5. Marty says

    These shortbread cookies are amazing, made them tonight for my cookie gifts, the only thing I did different, I cut them and rolled the edges in green and red sprinkles

  6. Donna says

    This is almost the same recipe I use for my shortbread only I use brown sugar instead of icing sugar. Give it a try sometime. It’s really good. The recipe came right from Scotland.

  7. sabahat says

    Hi jusystarted following your blog… love this recipe. Can you tell if I make th er m in microwave. j donot have an oven. And any more microwave oven recipes

    • says

      They sure are, that’s actually something I was planning on doing next time I’m making these cookies, dunk them half in either white or dark chocolate, they’d be perfect!

  8. Patty says

    I wanted to make shortbread cookies for this Christmas as I had never made them before. I found your recipe on Pinterest and I decided to add chocolate chips and they are so good! First time I ever made shortbread cookies but I will make this recipe again. I am giving them out for gifts and I am sure everyone else will enjoy them too!

  9. Judy says

    Really? Just like that? I’m a goin’ to try them and I bought me a biscuit dhrrt last week.
    I don’t understand this cool it on a rack business though?

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