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Three Shortbread Cookie Recipes

Updated on October 1, 2014
Scottish Shortbread
Scottish Shortbread | Source

Hello Shortbread Lover!

This page offers three recipes for shortbread cookies. One is a simple shortbread cookie; the other is the traditional Scottish shortbread bar, and the third is a recipe for zesty lemon shortbread.

My shortbread cookie recipes are among my most favorite thing to cook during the Holiday season. Sometimes I even make shortbread when its not the Holiday season! This article gives you some of my favorite recipes for shortbread cookies and one for traditional Scottish shortbread. You'll also find a video, pictures, links, a guestbook for comments, and of course, shopping.

Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread Cookies

Favorite Shortbread Cookie Recipe

This recipe is the traditional shortbread cookie that I make, year after year. We never tire of it. It's easy to make, wonderfully good, and of course, sinfully rich with butter and eggs. This one's the family favorite.


4 cups of flour

2 cups butter, room temperature

1 cup of icing sugar (or confectioners sugar)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

2 egg yolks

halved cherries or pecans to decorate the top of the cookie


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the butter, salt, sugar and nutmeg in a bowl. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly until the shortbread dough is light and fluffy. Add the flour slowly, mixing after each addition. When the dough is too thick to mix with a spoon, turn it out onto a floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut your shortbread into shapes. Transfer the shapes to a non-stick baking sheet. Place a cherry half or a pecan half in the center or each one. Bake until done. This takes about ten minutes.

Remove from oven, cool and enjoy your shortbread with a glass of eggnog or a cuppa!

Nordic Ware Snowflake Shortbread Pan
Nordic Ware Snowflake Shortbread Pan

The pan is a 9 inch by 9 inch cast aluminum with easy to clean non-stick surface. This pan is durable and easy to use and the cast aluminum distributes heat evenly. The recipe is included to make decorative shortbread with snowflakes. Proudly made in the USA by Nordic Ware.


Tips for Using Shortbread Pans or Molds

Traditionally, shortbread was baked by pressing the shortbread dough into a round pan. Today's cook may opt to use a special shortbread pan or mold. It's easy to transition from a round pan to a mold. Simply remember these two tips and your shortbread will be a great success.

1. Sprinkle fine sugar such as icing sugar or confectioner's sugar in the pan before adding the shortbread. This makes it easier to remove.

2. After putting the shortbread dough in the mold, refrigerate for a while before baking. This helps ensure that your shortbread will keep the fine design on the bottom of the pan.

Scottish Shortbread Bars
Scottish Shortbread Bars | Source

Recipe for Scottish Shortbread

This Scottish shortbread recipe is the authentic Scottish shortbread. It has few ingredients and is more a bar than a cookie.

Tip! To make this recipe successfully, you must knead the dough with your hands until the shortbread dough is like silk. Insufficient kneading will result in a floury taste.


1 pound of unsalted butter

5 cups flour

I cup white sugar

Optionally -- you might add a small amount of vanilla and a pinch of salt OR you might use half salted butter and half unsalted butter.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 Celsius.

Sift the flour before measuring. This is an important step. Failure to sift may result in too much flour and an inferior product.

Mix the butter and sugar together well. Use a mixer for this step if desired. Next, add the flour and mix with a mixing spoon. Continue kneading and mixing with your hands for several minutes, or until the dough is silky. Do not under work.

Turn your shortbread dough into a jelly roll pan. A 10 inch by 15 inch pan is fine. Press the shortbread down to cover the bottom of the pan. Using a fork, prick all over the shortbread, being sure that the fork's tines go right to the bottom of the pan.

Cook at 350 degrees for ten minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue cooking until the shortbread is done. This will take 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove from oven. Cool for ten minutes then cut into bars.

Options: Sprinkle white or colored sugar over the shortbread prior to baking. Another option is to dip the ends of the cooked shortbread into melted chocolate.

Fox Run Shortbread Cookie Cutter Tin
Fox Run Shortbread Cookie Cutter Tin

Fluted rectangular cookie cutter for creating traditional Scottish shortbread cookies.Dimensions: 3"L Ã 1"WMaterials: TinplateCare: Hand wash and dry immediately. Do not soak in water. Not dishwasher safe.


Recipe for Lemon Shortbread

Tangy lemon makes these shortbread cookies zesty and good.

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup icing sugar

2 tablespoons grated fresh lemon rind

3/4 cup butter, softened

Sift the flour before measuring. Allow the butter to reach room temperature, but do not melt.

Mix together the flour, corn starch, icing sugar or confectioners sugar and the lemon rind.

Add the butter and blend well. Use a large spoon at first, and then continue working this dough with your hands until you have a soft, smooth dough.

Roll the dough until it is 1/4 of an inch thick, then cut it into desired shapes using a cookie cutter. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. If the dough is too soft to handle, refrigerate it until is is chilled and easier to handle.

Place the cookies on ungreased baking sheets.

If desired, you could sprinkle the lemon shortbread cookies with white or colored sugars before baking.

Place in 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven. Bake until lightly browned at the edges. Typically, this takes fifteen or twenty minutes.

Remove from the baking sheet and allow to cool.


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Video Demo of Cachew Shortbread Cookies

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video demonstration showing how to make a shortbread cookie recipe must be worth a whole library!

Video: Cachew Shortbread Cut-out Cookies

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I do look shortbread cookies. Both recipes sound delicious. I love the idea of adding lemon rind for a little extra zest.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love shortbread cookies and had not even thought of using a baking pan made specifically for them. Those pans are gorgeous and make such delightful decorative cookies. I'm going to have to look a little closer at baking the old fashioned way.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Sensitive Fern: Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Shortbread Cookies, but haven't had them for too long. Homemade is the best. Yummy looking recipes! :)

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Sensitive Fern: Wonderful. I will do the same.

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      I love shortbread! I've lensrolled this to my sugar cookie lens.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @LoKackl: Thank you, Squid Angel. It's always wonderful to get a blessing.

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Yummy! Thanks for these! I can taste 'em already. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Yummy! Thanks for these! I can taste 'em already. Squid Angel Blessed!