Three Easy and Delicious Shortbread Cookie Recipes

Updated on January 10, 2020
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Homemade Shortbread Cookies
Homemade Shortbread Cookies | Source

It Isn't Christmas Until I Make Shortbread Cookies!

To me, it is just not Christmas until I have made shortbread. My grandmother made shortbread every Christmas, and my first recipe is from her. I should add that she was from Paisley, Scotland, so this recipe is genuine shortbread.

Cook and Prep Time (With Stand Mixer)

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 48 min
Yields: 62 Shortbread Cookies
5 stars from 1 rating of Grandmas Shortbread Cookies
4 cups of flour, 1 pound of butter, and 1 cup of packed icing sugar are the only ingredients needed for my grandma's shortbread cookies.
4 cups of flour, 1 pound of butter, and 1 cup of packed icing sugar are the only ingredients needed for my grandma's shortbread cookies. | Source

Grandma's Shortbread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup (packed) icing sugar
  • 4 cups of flour

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 275˚F.
  2. Beat and cream butter until fluffy.
  3. Add icing sugar and flour. Mix with your fingers (make sure your hands are clean) until all is well blended.
  4. Make into several balls and pat out on a floured countertop or wax paper.
  5. With a rolling pin, roll out to about ½ “ thick.
  6. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. You can also make the dough into a pie shape and place it into a pie pan. Score a design into the shortbread pie.
  7. Bake in oven until set and very light brown. Every oven is different so time fluctuates. I just keep checking after about ten minutes.
  8. Remove shortbread cookies with a spatula, and set onto a cooling rack.

Tip: Refrigerate Dough to Cut It More Easily

Sometimes with this recipe, I will make the dough into logs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until the next day. Then I simply cut into the cookies with a sharp knife and decorate with sprinkles, chocolate chips, or blended granulated sugar.

Using a Stand Mixer for Shortbread

This year, I decided to try this recipe using my stand mixer. It was so much easier than kneading with my hands, and with the time I saved, I was able to make some peanut butter banana cookies for the dogs.

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Beat butter until creamy. In this picture I started out with the whipping attachment and then switched to the paddle, which worked much better.Add flour and icing sugar in increments mixing well. Once your dough looks like this it is perfect to form into several large balls. Then proceed to roll and cut into cookies.
Beat butter until creamy. In this picture I started out with the whipping attachment and then switched to the paddle, which worked much better.
Beat butter until creamy. In this picture I started out with the whipping attachment and then switched to the paddle, which worked much better.
Add flour and icing sugar in increments mixing well.
Add flour and icing sugar in increments mixing well.
Once your dough looks like this it is perfect to form into several large balls. Then proceed to roll and cut into cookies.
Once your dough looks like this it is perfect to form into several large balls. Then proceed to roll and cut into cookies.
Shortbread Bars
Shortbread Bars | Source

Shortbread Bars Recipe

The next recipe comes from an old friend, and these are very good!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pound of butter
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F.
  2. Blend 1 cup of sugar in blender for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the sugar to softened butter and cream until fluffy.
  4. Combine flour and rice flour, and beat into butter gradually.
  5. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  6. Add up to ½ more flour if needed.
  7. Press into a 15 x 9” cookie sheet.
  8. Score into bars with a sharp knife. Prick surface with a fork up and down the dough.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  10. Bake to a golden brown, which takes 30–40 minutes.
  11. Cut along scored lines, cool and store in an airtight container. Makes 48 bars.

Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Whipped Shortbread Cookies | Source

Whipped Shortbread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup corn starch

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325˚F.
  2. Beat butter until white.
  3. Beat in all the following as you add it. Add sugar and cornstarch gradually. Add vanilla, and then add flour gradually.
  4. Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12–18 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool the cookies on a cooling rack.
  6. Makes 100 cookies.

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Robbie so nice to see you here.

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      Robbie Cheadle 

      10 months ago

      These are all nice recipes, Susan. The one I use is most similar to the last one you have here.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes they all are authentic recipes. Hope that you enjoy the shortbread as much as we do.

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      Aya Katz 

      2 years ago from The Ozarks

      I love shortbread. All these recipes look good! And if your grandmother from Paisley taught them to you, then they must be authentic. I will try one of these recipes for Christmas.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cris Sp, Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too!

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'll have to try this and will start from your Grandma's original recipe. I'm pretty sure my daughter will like it.

      Well, we love shortbread cookies. Glad to have landed here.

      Shared and pinned.

      Merry Christmas!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Val, So nice to see you here. Yes confectioners sugar is the same as icing sugar.

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      Valerie Newman 

      5 years ago

      You certainly have a variety of recipes for shortbread. I am not familiar with icing sugar. Is that confectioner's sugar? My recipe is 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar (white or brown). It's all good.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Patsy and I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audrey, Thanks!

      Deb, Thanks and I hope you like the recipes. Made my first batch of the season yesterday.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Wow, this is the authentic recipe. I look forward to trying this.

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      O wow these sounds so easy to make and great tasting. They also look so yummy. I am going to have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing! I am bookmarking this one and sharing too.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Oh yummy!!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Peg, I really appreciate that. Hope that you enjoy the recipes.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks bravewarrior, they are great aren't they.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      These are so pretty and festive. I can't wait to try them. Posted to Facebook for my sister, the baker, to try. And pinned for me to remember the recipe. Thanks for sharing your Grandma's finest shortbread recipes.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love shortbread cookies because they're not too sweet. The baking season is fast approaching. Thanx for sharing these recipes, Susan!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vacation Trip, Nice to meet you and I hope you enjoy the shortbread as much as we do.

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      Susan 

      7 years ago from India

      Interesting and easy.. Will try it soon.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      unknown, Thanks :)

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      sound so delicious!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      TT, Hope you enjoy the shortbread. This reminds me I need to start baking and hiding them myself :)

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      these are SO easy I am going to have to make these for Christmas...and I *might* share...ok, not really...I don't play well with others. ;)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, We're going to make a baker out of you yet :) When I first started making my grandmothers shortbread recipe it took me several attempts to make them taste as good as hers.

      Carol, I usually start making shortbread sometime in November to get ready for the Christmas season. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Shortbread with the buttery taste..My tastebuds are dancing the jig. I rarely bake but this has brought some inspiration. Add a cup of coffee as realhousewife suggested and you have a sweet feast. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I LOVE shortbread...I did try to make it before and it was as hard as a rock! Lol. I'll have to try this I'd love to make them well...perfect as they go great with coffee!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Frank, Hope you do, they are delicious.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      Just Ask Susan I can't wait to trick my grandmother into making these so I can try them :) Frank

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks everyone and sorry for the delayed response.

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      nathandanials 

      9 years ago from Golden Valley, MN

      I'm so hungry right now. I was just a little before. Wish I had time to make these right now.

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      Kathy 

      9 years ago from California

      I can't wait to try these, which one do I try first though, that is the question? Great Hubs, very well done.

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      Sunnyglitter 

      9 years ago from Cyberspace

      This sounds delicious!

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      Sima Ballinger 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Great job on this Hub. Looks good and sounds yummy. Nice work. VOTE UP!!

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      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Nice recipe, similar to the one I use to get the children involved in, see my hub.

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      Susan Kaul 

      9 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      thank you so much. I thought it might be but wanted to be sure. The recipe sounds so good I didn't want to mess it up. thank you also for the quick response.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes nightbear it is powdered sugar just like the kind you use to make icing with.

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      Susan Kaul 

      9 years ago from Michiagn, USA

      I have never even thought about trying to make my own shortbread. As many of your readers already said, this seems simple enough to try myself. I am not sure what icing sugar is. Would another name for that be powdered sugar?

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      Eaglekiwi 

      9 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi Susan

      Loved your hub ,so well set out and very easy to follow!

      Cant wait to try them out as well ,especially your Grandmothers ,mine was from Scotland too,and I have a sneaking suspicion that we loved her shortbead for the same reasons as Ill love yours.

      Merry Christmas xo

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      Lamme 

      9 years ago

      Oh yummy, I can't wait to try this! I'll start with your grandma's recipe and probably try them all, I love shortbread. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you everyone so much! Johnny sorry to say that no I do not have a recipe for Black Bun and if I find a really good one I will let you know.

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      Johnny Parker 

      9 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Excellent!

      Do you have a recipe for Black Bun?

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      Tammy L 

      9 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      Voted UP and useful! I'm sure I could replace the icing sugar with some sort of sugar substitute for my diabetic relatives. Congratulations on your Hubnuggets win!

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      Elayne 

      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      One of my favorite things - shortbread - thanks for the recipes. No wonder I love it - all the butter and sugar. Oh well, it is the holidays, right? Thanks for sharing and congrats on the nomination.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The recipes sound very good and the pictures make them look good. Congrats on your nomination.

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      Jo Deslaurier 

      9 years ago

      Very yummy! Will definitely recommend to others.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I usually make shortbread on board ship as snacks. Sailors often whined; they like toasted bread to be dunked on hot coffee (hehe!). Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination. ;)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Deborah. I am sure you will love them as much as I do!

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      Deborah Demander Reno 

      9 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination. I can't wait to try these cookies.

      Namaste.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Denise. Merry Christmas.

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      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice recipes. I have a friend who LOVES shortbread. Congratulations on your nomination.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hear Ye, Hear Ye...this hub is a Hubnuggets Nominee! Woohoo Be sure to check your email Just Ask Susan and the official announcement is there for you. Or you can follow me in a merry trail. This way to the Hubnuggets forum https://hubpages.com/forum/topic/61041#post1353813 and tell the world why you are excited about your nomination. Then follow the link to Zsuzsy Bee's hub to vote!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Looks like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Rosie Merry Christmas to you too!

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      Rosie Rose 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      WOW! Three great shortbread recipes.. I love shortbread. The recipes and the pictures look yummy.

      Merry Christmas!

      Rosie

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Patty!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Up and awesome! Photos look very nice with the recipes, too.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      All three recipes are easy to make cashmere and I look forward too seeing what you think.

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      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      Sounds simple enough for me to risk. Will post again once I try it out :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      mmmm sounds good Princessa!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I love short bread, especially dunked in a good malt Whisky!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Christy

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      Christy Zutautas 

      9 years ago

      Susan gives this shortbread out at Christmas time and it is the absolute best I've ever tasted! This hubber knows how to bake!

      Sue - Now you have to make a hub about your Nuts N Fluff recipe(with the Shreddies), that's my second favorite!

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