Classic Shortbread Cookies

I love a good old fashion butter cookie. I mean butter makes everything better (in my opinion) and since it’s the holiday season why not bake something quick, easy, and delicious!

Traditionally shortbread cookies are made from 3 simple everyday pantry items (butter, sugar, and flour). The recipe I am about to share with you is considered a classic shortbread recipe. It’s only 3 ingredients, 4 if you count salt and it is ready to eat in less than 20 mins. Of course, there are different types of shortbread cookies, but this is one of my favourites.


  • 245g Butter (room temperature)
  • 170g Sugar
  • 270g Flour
  • 1/4tsp Salt (if using)
Before baking


  • Make sure all ingredients are room temperature.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and use your hands or a pastry cutter to incorporate ingredients. A mealy/ course crumb will form (think pie dough)
  • As dough is being worked, it will begin to clump together once this happens, transfer to prepared baking pan.
  • Press dough into pan and flatten evenly then prick the top with a fork (I missed this part in the video)
  • Bake in oven at 350F for 20mins (edges should be golden brown)
  • Once baked, let sit for 2 minutes then cut while still warm.
After baking.

Things To Note:

  • Baking dish should be ungreased and unlined
  • Omit salt if using salted butter.
  • Add vanilla extract for added flavour (it is not necessary)
  • Baking times depend on your oven. Adjust accordingly.
  • Cut shortbread while warm (once product cools it will be hard)
  • Enjoy your shortbread!

What’s your favourite holiday cookie?


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