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Quick and Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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Quick and Easy Shortbread Cookies

This holiday shortbread cookie recipe is unique from other recipes in that the dough does not need to be refrigerated during the preparation process, which means that this recipe is much quicker and easier to prepare than other shortbread recipes.

You simply prepare your dough, shape it into cookies, and then in the oven they go. No fuss, no muss, and in just a matter of a few minutes, you have the most wonderful shortbread cookies. These treats are so delightfully delicious and buttery soft that they simply melt in your mouth.

Keep in mind that this recipe requires real butter to make them a true shortbread cookie. Margarine or lard just will not give your cookies the great taste that they are so famous for. Stay genuine and true to your recipe and use only real butter when baking them.

The key to a perfect shortbread cookie is using real butter in the recipe.

The key to a perfect shortbread cookie is using real butter in the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (also known as powdered or confectioners' sugar)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Maraschino cherries (optional garnish)

Notes:

  • Soften butter in the microwave on high for between 10 and 15 seconds. The soft butter should then easily create a dough that can be used in your cookie press.
  • If you do not own a cookie press, keep the butter at room temperature and roll out the dough, then cut into shapes. For a firmer dough, you can also hand-form by rolling them into a ball and then pressing them flat with the heel of your hand. See second photo guide, below.

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine together butter, vanilla, and icing sugar. Stir till smooth.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients, and mix to form a sticky dough. It should load easily into your cookie press. Choose your design and press out your cookies. (Or ball them up if you don't have a press.)
  3. Optional: Pop 1/4 to 1/2 of a maraschino cherry in the center of each cookie.
  4. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for around 10 to 12 minutes.

Kids Love to Help in the Kitchen

Get your children into the kitchen early. Children like nothing better than to help out in the kitchen, especially when it involves the making of sweet treats, so get them their own kitchen utility set.

If You Love Sweet Desserts Too Please Rate This Recipe

It's really easy to make shortbread cookies!

It's really easy to make shortbread cookies!

Not Having to Refrigerate the Dough Saves a Lot of Time

This shortbread cookie recipe is much quicker, and easier, than other shortbread recipes. You simply prepare your dough, then shape it into cookies, and in the oven they go.

No fuss, no muss, and in just a matter of a few minutes you have the most wonderful shortbread cookies. These cookies are so delightfully delicious and buttery soft that they simply melt in your mouth.

What If I Don't Have a Cookie Press?

© 2010 Lorelei Cohen

Which is Your Absolutely Positively Most Favorite Cookie?

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on May 11, 2018:

Lorelei, these remind me of the wonderful shortbread cookies my mother and I used to make together! I loved choosing different designs to use in the cookie press. We'd take some of the cookies and dip half in melted semisweet chocolate - yum! I've long since lost my mom's recipe, so I'm grateful to find yours.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on November 19, 2017:

I'm saving this recipe Lorelei, my hubby's fave - looks really good

Robie Benve from Ohio on December 10, 2015:

Sounds like an easy recipe and they look so cute! :) I'm not quite a baker but maybe I could try these...

Lynn Klobuchar on March 01, 2014:

Hard to beat a butter cookie like these! Used to make dozens of "spritz" cookies for Christmas!

Martina from Croatia, Europe on February 13, 2014:

Nice idea and a lovely lens. I love to make and to eat shortbread cookies, but prefer to work with cold ingredients.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on February 12, 2014:

Looking at your cookie recipes is making me very hungry! These look delicious. Love that you included directions for no cookie press too. Will be trying that for sure. Yummy!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on February 12, 2014:

Nice how to make instructions of these cookies. They are a nice simple cookie. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on January 12, 2014:

My husband would love these, and they look fantastic too!!

SteveKaye on January 12, 2014:

You must be a masterful cook, and you certainly are a master at creating beautiful articles. This one is absolutely delicious.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on December 26, 2013:

these look absolutely amazing. Just printed them out to try.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on November 28, 2013:

Those look so pretty and I bet they taste good too. Happy Thanksgiving.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 26, 2013:

@favored: Some people call it confectioners sugar or it can be called powdered sugar as well.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 26, 2013:

@Susan Zutautas: I love cookies and especially shortbread. They are so wonderfully rich without being too sweet. I always feel very spoiled when I have one. A luxurious cookie.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 26, 2013:

Shortbread is actually my favorite cookie. I have many different types I make every year at Christmastime. Sometimes I'll use a small glass as a cookie cutter.

Fay Favored from USA on September 12, 2013:

Shortbread cookies are my husbands favorite. I'd like to make these, but have no idea what icing sugar is. Checked it on Amazon and it only gives the bottle for it. Where can I get it? Can you use regular sugar? Giving this a tweet

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 07, 2013:

@Diana Wenzel: I grew up on the farm and we always made basic cookies without gadgets so when she gave me the cookie press I did not think that I would be using it too often. Boy was I pleasantly surprised the first time I used it. Now I love it.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 07, 2013:

@poutine: Mine too. I love them. I remember the very first time I tasted them and I thought they were the most extravagant treat I could have been given.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on September 07, 2013:

@poutine: Mine too. I love them. I remember the very first time I tasted them and I thought they were the most extravagant treat I could have been given.

Marie on June 28, 2013:

How pretty those cookies look with a cherry in the middle - I've not seen that done before that way. You make some brilliant recipe lenses and they are making me feel very hungry.

poutine on January 05, 2013:

Shortbread cookies are pretty high on my list.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 31, 2012:

Stopping back by to bless this delicious lens. I love shortbread cookies! It would be great to have that cookie press your daughter gave you. So many possibilities.

JimMcD on December 27, 2012:

Yes indeed, shortbread is totally the best !!! :)

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on December 25, 2012:

Love shortbread. The little rosettes are cute.

Angeltraveler LM on December 22, 2012:

Great shortbread using the press. I just use cookie cutters with a Christmas theme like stars and xmas trees. I also cut out a big xmas tree and my grandchildren decorate it.

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on December 22, 2012:

Your shortbread cookies look delicious, and your recipe really brings back some fond childhood memories. I haven't seen it in years, but my mom had a cookie press and used it to make some of the best Christmas cookies.

kerilovesadeal on December 20, 2012:

Great lens! I like baking and cooking with the "short people" in the family during Christmas or any time. LOL :D I usually find a few kid friendly recipes and let the little ones (2 nieces) do everything except put stuff in the oven or chop stuff. I think these shortbread cookies will be great for next week. Thanks! :D

gemjane on December 17, 2012:

This is a good tutorial on shortbread cookies!

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 15, 2012:

@ClassyGals: In the old days women fancied up their meals in simple ways. Butter and cookie molds were used to decorate these food for the family meals. The old fashioned way of making shortbread cookies in a mold pan actually saved work too.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on December 15, 2012:

@Judith Nazarewicz: I actually stumbled onto making these shortbread cookies quite by accident. I had a craving for shortbread cookies during the summer but when I reached for my butter it had melted in the heat. I decided to try to put the dough into my cookie press and the cookies came out perfect.

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on December 12, 2012:

What a wonderful lens! I came across it while posting an update. I just had to come and check it out. This is exactly what I'm going to make this evening. Thanks so much for the recipes! My family loves shortbread but I only make it for Christmas, so I'm looking forward to trying these recipes out!

Cynthia Davis from Pittsburgh on December 02, 2012:

Never knew about the shortbread pans, which sound like a marvelous way to bake shortbread cookies. After reading this lens, I now know that you've become one of my favorite writers on Squidoo. Angel Blessings**

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 18, 2012:

@anonymous: I cannot ever remember my mom baking shortbread cookies which may be why every time we went visiting somewhere over the holidays where they were served I was in heaven. I love shortbread cookies.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 18, 2012:

@Camden1: Just give your butter a quick zap in the microwave to soften it a bit. This makes the shortbread cookies recipe perfect.

Camden1 on October 29, 2012:

Chocolate chip, but I do love shortbread. I've never put shortbread cookies through a cookie press, so I'm interested in trying this recipe.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on October 13, 2012:

@miaponzo: Hi Mia. I got a craving for shortbread cookies last week so baked up a batch. They sure didn't last very long.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on October 13, 2012:

@hntrssthmpsn: I am nuts for shortbread cookies too. I remember as a kid sneaking small Christmas shortbread cookies from the kitchen and hoping mom didn't notice how many I was eating.

hntrssthmpsn on July 29, 2012:

Oh, I just love sweet, buttery shortbread! Salties are usually more my weakness than sweets, but I can't pass up a pretty little shortbread cookie, and their season is almost upon us!

whats4dinner on June 06, 2012:

Those cherries add a nice touch to the cookies. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

anonymous on May 30, 2012:

Just had to peek in because your shortbread cookies are exactly like Mom used to make with the cherries in the middle.

JGracey on May 07, 2012:

This is the recipe we call Irish Shortbread - it's yummy delicious and the spritz press makes them super quick. Loved seeing this - especially all those cookies lined up in a row on the cookie sheets.

sousababy on March 22, 2012:

Fabulously presented, love the photos. Shortbread is a great comfort food that goes perfectly with tea, imo. My favorite cookie (since my daughter loves it) though is chocolate chip. Shortbread is definitely one of my favs.

miaponzo on February 16, 2012:

Back for a blessing for this YUMMY cookies lens!

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on February 16, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you Tipi for stopping by my shortbread cookie recipe once again. Your visits are so very much appreciated.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on February 16, 2012:

@TonyPayne: Thank you so very much for stopping by Poddys. Are you planning on baking up some shortbread cookies for you and Deb? That would be a wonderful surprise for her I am sure.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on February 10, 2012:

Just came back for another look as these just look so good. Blessed.

anonymous on December 13, 2011:

@Lady Lorelei: can you use this recipe for cookie molds?

GenesisLabs on November 29, 2011:

Thanks for the recipe. I'm anxious to give it a try. Shortbread cookie are delightful.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 20, 2011:

@Diana Wenzel: I love nut cookies too. The cookie that I bake the most often is an oatmeal walnut cookie as it is so healthy. But when it comes to a cookie that I just adore that award would have to go to the soft buttery shortbread cookie.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 20, 2011:

@viscri8: Thank you mismatch the cookies are indeed heavenly. I bake up lots of the shortbread cookie as well as other different ones and freeze them so that I only have to pull them out to have a quickly fixed up dessert treat for family and friends.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 20, 2011:

@rorymullen lm: Lol I know. When my grandkids see the shortbread cookies sitting on my counter you can see their mouths starting to water and their little eyes begging to have one. I love cookies!

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on November 20, 2011:

@miaponzo: I love my shortbread cookies but they are so rich that I just eat a small cookie. I think it is the shortbread cookie's texture which attracts me to them...I think it is the so soft, melt in your mouth texture, of this cookie that tempts me.

miaponzo on November 16, 2011:

YUMMMMYYYYY I think probably a cut out sugar cookie!!!!! Blessed!

rorymullen lm on November 05, 2011:

All I can say is yum. I am a huge fan of Shortbread cookies. Thanks for using unique photos,as they enhance and also makes me a lot more hungry.

viscri8 on November 02, 2011:

Get your cookies in order all and fill up the cookie jars with this delicious cookies that are easy to make. Blessed by an Angel!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 01, 2011:

I love white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies. Your shortbread cookies look fabulous. Thanks for the recipe. Appreciated!

CCGAL on August 31, 2011:

I guess you'd call my favorite a "garbage cookie" - I don't know that it has a real name. It's essentially a toll house cookie base, into which you put a random combination of nuts and candy chips. My personal favorite blend is chocolate and butterscotch morsels, and pecans and cashews. The cookie base really just holds all the nuts and morsels together, LOL. I've printed out the shortbread cookie recipe and will bake some once it cools off here - it reads like what I would have called a "Sandie" ... except it has no ground nuts in it. Sure sounds good - I love shortbread, and have quite a few molds in storage. (Can't carry them in the RV, you know.)

gottaloveit2 on August 30, 2011:

I was in Scotland one time and ate my way through with shortbread. OMG - it was SO good, Your cookies look delicious too. Will try.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on August 11, 2011:

Being Scottish shortbread of Course! blessed by a wandering angel!

Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on August 11, 2011:

I love shortbread cookies and am going to try your recipe, thanks for sharing with all of us, great lens...

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on July 07, 2011:

I wish that we could still lensroll because I would love to lensroll this great lens to my Cookie Press one. Hey, I think I will feature it there. Would you mind? Your Quick & Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe sounds and looks delicious.

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on July 07, 2011:

I like the idea of not having to refrigerate the dough - many thanks -:)

gypsyman27 lm on July 01, 2011:

I love shortbread cookies, I make mine pretty much the same as this recipe. With one exception, is icing sugar 10x confectioners sugar? If so, I've been using granular sugar. I'll have to try using 10x, it sounds like it would make smoother dough. Thanks for sharing. See you around the galaxy...

elenareviews on June 12, 2011:

I love cookies!

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on June 09, 2011:

@Sylvestermouse: That sure was fast. It seems like you just ordered the cookie press yesterday. Wow I am impressed with Amazon's customer service.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on June 09, 2011:

@LouisaDembul: Shortbread cookies are absolutely delicious. Every time I make them it reminds me of the holidays.

LouisaDembul on June 07, 2011:

I'm off to the kitchen now! We wanted cookies, but without leaving it in the fridge, etc. This looks exactly what I was looking for!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on June 02, 2011:

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I just got my cookie press! I am really excited! I did want to let you know that I have received it, so you can make sure you got the points and the commission on the sale :)

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@anonymous: I think that I am a cookie aholic. If I could exist on a diet of cookies I sure would ;)

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@TonyPayne: Thank you poddy's for visiting my cookie recipe lens. I really do have to get over to your neck of the woods soon. Sorry for the delay.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@anonymous: These shortbread cookies really are as delicious as they look too. Yummy.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@norma-holt: Thank you so much for your visit to my shortbread cookie recipe. It is very much appreciated.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@anonymous: Lol...when we work online there is always so much to do isn't there. Lol...which makes sitting down with a nice hot cup of tea and a plate of cookies all the more enjoyable ;)

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@antoivo lm: Me too. I try to eat a lot of oatmeal cookies but Shortbread is actually my favorite cookie recipe. They just melt in your mouth. oh no now I want some...

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@sukkran trichy: I hope you enjoy the shortbread cookie recipe sukkran. They are soooo good. Yummy.

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@anonymous: I have always loved shortbread cookies. They are my ultimate weakness and this recipe is delicious. Thank you for popping by :)

Lorelei Cohen (author) from Canada on May 30, 2011:

@anonymous: Thank you so much Tipi you truly are an angel :)

anonymous on May 30, 2011:

Nice to come back to your easy cookies recipes. I like this so much, and now my sweet-tooth is asking to be satisfied. I am not going to start baking now. Guess I'll have a sugar lump.

Squid Angel Blessed for Memorial Day Weekend!

anonymous on May 28, 2011:

Shortbread is one of my favorite biscuits (or cookies) but the way I have always made them is different to this recipe. Mine doesn't require refrigeration either. I want to give this one a try to taste the difference. Either recipe will smell absolutely wonderful while cooking, I bet! :)

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on May 15, 2011:

great presentation. your step by step instructions and photos are informative. thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

antoivo lm on May 09, 2011:

I so love Shortbread and this recipe looks absolutely tasty i`m going to try these thanks for sharing another fantastic recipe with us!

ohcaroline on May 03, 2011:

I think shortbread cookies are so rich and delicious. I have a favorite recipe for Kentucky Shortbread that I like too.

anonymous on April 30, 2011:

Shortbread is my favorite--but I've never attempted to make it. Your recipe sounds so easy. Maybe now I can bake some for myself. Very nice lens--your directions are so clear and well illustrated.

blanckj on April 14, 2011:

Thank you for sharing such a yummy lens. I like the recipe and will have to try it.

anonymous on April 01, 2011:

I agree with the fact that you have to set a timeline for your goals otherwise they never get accomplished. Nice lens AJ

norma-holt on April 01, 2011:

A special blessing today and featured on April Fool's Day Blessings. You are charged with preparing this recipe and bringing it aboard the special angel bus that is buzzing around today - we have to be fed. Or we may end up at your house afterwards for drinkies.

anonymous on March 25, 2011:

These are exquisite and simple.....that's awesome!

will3gross on March 25, 2011:

great leans

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on March 24, 2011:

Excellent lens and now I want some cookies! Congratulations on your Purple Star, and I just added a Blessing to go along with it.

anonymous on March 08, 2011:

My Mom used to make coolies that looked just like this when I was young. I remember watching her use the cookie press and discovered it tool a little practice. I loved putting the cherries in the center. They were yummy good and I would usually have two or three of them at a time.

JeremiahStanghini on February 18, 2011:

Mmmmm... cookies...

With Love and Gratitude,

Jeremiah

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on February 06, 2011:

Yum! =D

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 06, 2011:

Congratulations on being listed on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase! You already know I love this lens! I have been having dreams about these cookies ever since I first discovered this article :)

KimGiancaterino on December 29, 2010:

I'm back to say congratulations on being chosen for the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase. Happy new year!

ChrisDay LM on December 29, 2010:

I'll give it a try!

Spook LM on December 29, 2010:

Congratulations and all the best for 2011.

Indigo Janson from UK on December 29, 2010:

These cookies look delicious! Congratulations on being featured on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase!

anonymous on December 28, 2010:

These brought back memories of my childhood. Congrats on being one of the top 45 showcased on the 2010 Giant Squid Best of List!

anonymous on December 28, 2010:

These look just like the ones my Mom used to make! Congratulations on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase Best of List!

Mona from Iowa on December 28, 2010:

Congratulations on being one of the 45 on the Best of 2010 Showcase. Very cool. :)

deyanis from Oz on December 28, 2010:

Congratulations for your lens to be included in the Giant Squid 2010 Showcase. The shortbread cookie looks yummy and easy, I shall make them this weekend. :-)