Shortbread Cookies

Guest post by Furry KitchenShortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt


* Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
* Cream together the butter and egg yolk.
* Add the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
* Mix the flour and salt together, then add it in three batches to the buttery mixture. Mix until crumbly.
* Knead the dough with your hands until it is soft and pliable. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle with about a 1/2-inch thickness.
* Cut the rectangle into strips and prick the tops of each strip with a fork. Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet.
* Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
* Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring to a rack.

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    jules p says

    Oh, this recipe looks great. And easy. I am trying them this afternoon! Thanks!

    One more thing..we made your mom’s soup again for tonight’s dinner. We can’t wait! yummmm

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    Tina says

    My husband adores shortbread. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I have yet to find one i like. I will give yours a try.

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    Andrea says

    Tina & Jules, I hope you like the recipe. Let me know how it turns out!

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    Kimberly L says

    I have never attempted shortbread – always thought it was too difficult. These look great – and such an easy recipe to follow. Thank you for sharing.

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    Lori A. says

    Sounds delicious! I have never tried making shortbread cookies but do love eating them. :)

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    Nessa says

    Yum! Looks so good and not too difficut. I’ll have to give these a try.

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    Hannah B. says

    Those look yummy! Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Dorene says

    These look great..I may be a little naive, but what is icing sugar? Is that powdered sugar?

    Can’t wait to try it.

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    jules p says

    Holy cow~ this is such an easy recipe. And they taste like it took all day to make them. My daughters and I have made 3 batches of them. We stacked them up and tied them with some Martha red/white ribbon. They look so cute.
    Thanks for easy recipes. That makes cooking so much fun. When you can make something really good and it not take forever-with a ton of ingredients. :)

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    Carol says

    Love this recipe. Shortbread the way I remember it as a child.

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    Brandi says

    These sound great! I’ve always wondered, though, are the fork pricks just for looks or do they serve a purpose?

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    Theresa J says

    What is icing sugar? I would like to make these. They look great.

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    Andrea says

    Sorry, I’ve been away for a bit.
    Thanks for answering – icing sugar is the same as powdered sugar.

    I’m glad you find it to be an easy and yummy recipe. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!