traditional shortbread cookies on a wooden board background
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Traditional Shortbread Recipe

A traditional shortbread recipe using only three ingredients! No special skills, or equipment needed to create this classic holiday cookie. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Scottish
Keyword butter shortbread cookies, How do you make shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 2364.1kcal
Author Chef Markus Mueller


  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • Cube the butter into small pieces and place them all in a mixing bowl. Add the icing sugar to the butter, and use a fork to completely mix the two. 
  • Add the all purpose flour to the bowl, and using the fork, mix the ingredients until they start to clump together and form a smooth ball.
  • Roll out the traditional shortbread dough on a lightly floured counter to roughly 1/4 " - 1/2 " in thickness. 
  • Cut the shortbread into squares, fingers, or use a cookie cutter to punch out rounds and other varying shapes.
  • Place the cookies on a parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake at 325F for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, and immediately remove from the hot cookie sheet to cool.