Easiest Shortbread Cookie Recipe Ever

Christmas time always makes me think shortbread and today I am sharing with you the easiest shortbread cookie recipe ever!

Simple Shortbread Cookie Recipe - So Much Better With Age

Today I’m sharing with you my recipe for the EASIEST most delicios shortbread recipe ever!

Shortbread only has three ingredients but can be difficult to make. With three ingredients, you think that it would be easy. Well this recipe is easy and delicious.

Did you notice the cute holiday saying on the cookie?

Shortbread on a white plate with a red and white twine bow.

I love these cute message in a cookie cookie cutters, don’t you? I bought them at Williams-Sonoma years ago. They don’t sell them anymore but I found the same ones here and they are inexpensive!

Message in a cookie recipe book.

Aren’t they adorable? This will sure to be a family cookie favorite and you won’t mind making them since they are so easy!

Be sure to download the recipe below.

Easiest Shortbread Cookie Recipe Ever

This is the EASIEST Shortbread Cookie recipe you’ll ever try!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time42 minutes
Author: Jamie Lundstrom – So Much Better With Age


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sifted icing sugar/powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling out


  • Preheat oven to 300 deg F.
  • Place butter in a large bowl or mixer.
  • Gradually beat in sugar until smooth and creamy, mix well.
  • Stir in 2 cups of flour just until incorporated, don’t overmix!
  • Divide dough into 4 parts.
  • Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness, one part at a time.
  • Cut shapes with cookie cutter.
  • Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until cookies turn light golden colour, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Slide onto racks to cool.
  • Store in covered container or fridge for one month! They can be frozen but texture will soften.

Happy baking!

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      1. Hi,
        I just bought these same cookie cutter/stamps this holiday. I bought them at Sur La Table. I agree, they are great!! Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it with my cookie stamps.
        ~ Claudine

  1. I am OBSESSED with shortbread. It’s seriously my go to move every time we visit Panera. But now, I can make it myself?! With only three ingredients?! What?! They’re so artfully presented, too, with that baker’s twine and Happy Holidays message. Brava, my dear!

  2. These are lovely and so beautifully displayed! I really love simple recipes as I’m not a great baker so this is a must try 🙂 ! I’ll be on the lookout for cookie stamps

  3. these are the prettiest cookies ever jamie! Thanks for linking up and featuring you tomorrow on the blog! hope to see you back tomorrow morning at 7am EST for another great link party!

  4. I’m rather puzzled by the statement that shortbread cookies are “hard” to make; I’ve been making them for the past 56 years, since I was eight years old, and not even at that young age did I find them hard to make. I’ve made them as cutout cookies and as pan cookies, scoring the dough in the pan prior to baking. They’ve turned out very well pretty much every time. Because we had only the most basic cooking and baking equipment when I was a child, everything had to be done by hand–creaming the butter and sugar, for instance, was not done with a mixer, but by strong stirring–and even now, with an inoperable torn rotator cuff in my dominant shoulder, I still mix the dough up by hand.

    Just puzzled, that’s all.

    1. Hi Joyce,
      Thanks for your message! That’s what people have told me about shortbread..just like pie. I make pie all the time and it comes easy to me from all the times I’ve made it but people say it’s hard. I have a recipe for shortbread I’ve used for 20 years that has rice flour and berry sugar and you have to knead it with your hands for 30 minutes. When I’ve given out this recipe before, people have commented that it’s too difficult and even after all the kneading, it still falls apart. I never had that experience with it but just what other people say. So I thought this ‘easy’ shortbread recipe would be a hit for my readers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
      Hugs, Jamie

      1. Hello.

        I have just followed your recipe to the exact, stamped my words in the dough. Just looked at them in the oven and they have risen slightly, they are not flat at all like your picture shows.

        1. Hi Kristy,
          I’m wondering if the dough was rolled out on the thicker side? I usually roll mine out quite thin and use quite a bit of flour for rolling. That’s the only thing I can think of. I usually pull out cookies closer to the side of not being done as opposed to being overdone. Those are the only tips I can think of. Hopefully they work out the next time you try it.
          Hugs, Jamie

  5. Could you make these without having to roll them out and cut out shapes? I HATE doing that and will have to with our cut-out sugar cookie recipe, so I’m trying to avoid it. Any advice for a simpler method would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Caroline,
      Shortbread (like sugar cookies) are a rolled cookie recipe. It sounds like you’d like a drop cookie recipe (like chocolate chips cookies). Cookies like this don’t spread out so how you place them on the sheet is how they get cooked. You could put all the dough in wax paper and roll up like a log. Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes then slice off circular pieces and put on the cookie sheet.
      Hope that helps!
      Merry Christmas.

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