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Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!
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4 from 9 votes

Classic Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Classic shortbread cookies are a perfect holiday treat! This recipe is tender, buttery, flaky and a close copycat recipe for Walker's Shortbread.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scotish
Keyword: classic, cookies, shortbread
Servings: 16
Calories: 180kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature (2 sticks)


  • Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  • Place butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl.
  • Gradually add flour mixture; beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Press dough into a parchment paper lined 9x9 pan. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the dough, refrigerate 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with rack in upper third.
  • Remove plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with a knife. Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, prick all over at 1/4-inch intervals.
  • Bake until golden brown and firm in the center, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove pan to a wire rack.
  • Recut shortbread into previous shapes; let cool completely.
  • Remove using the parchment as handles and transfer shortbread to an airtight container.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg