Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Enjoy the classic pleasure of making your own shortbread biscuits by following this simple recipe. Making these buttery sweets promises to be a satisfying experience, regardless of your level of baking skill.

Simply combine flour, sugar, and butter in your cupboard to make a batch of mouthwatering shortbread cookies that will melt on your tongue with each mouthful. Our recipe is wonderful for any occasion because it finds the optimal mix between flavor and simplicity.

These traditional cookies always look great at any event, including holiday get-togethers and afternoon tea breaks. Come along with us as we set out on a culinary adventure to uncover the mysteries of mastering the craft of baking shortbread cookies.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)


Turn the oven on to 325°F, or 165°C. Grease a baking sheet gently or line it with parchment paper.

Beat the sugar and softened butter in a mixing bowl until they are light and creamy.

Add the flour and salt (if using) gradually, stirring to fully incorporate. When pressed, the crumbly dough should stay together.

Turn out the dough onto a surface dusted with a little flour and work it into a smooth ball with gentle strokes.

Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 6 mm, or 1/4 inch. To keep the surface from sticking, dust it gently with flour and use a rolling pin.

Cut the dough into squares or rectangles or use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.

With a little space between each cookie, place the cookies on the baking sheet that has been prepared.

Using a fork, make ornamental prick marks on the tops of the biscuits.
Preheat the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges begin to become a light golden color.

Take the cookies out of the oven and allow them to rest for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack to cool down fully.

After cooling, keep the shortbread biscuits at room temperature in an airtight container. Have fun!


1. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter in this shortbread cookie recipe?

  • Yes, you can use salted butter, but remember to adjust the amount of added salt in the recipe accordingly to prevent the cookies from becoming too salty. Start by reducing the added salt by half and adjust to taste.

2. How long do shortbread cookies stay fresh?

  • Shortbread cookies can stay fresh for up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If you prefer a crispier texture, you can also freeze them for up to three months. Just thaw them at room temperature before serving.

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