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Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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One Shortbread Recipe Made Four Ways

Everyone needs one really great shortbread cookie recipe. This is that recipe, soft and not too sweet, with load of buttery smooth goodness. Here is my shortbread recipe I have made for decades and everyone raves about, then I added four ways you can make shortbread cookies with chocolate, shortbread jam cookies, shortbread pecan cookies with rolo chocolates, and pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies.

When the boys were all home and the house was constantly full of guest coming and going my habit was to make double batches of this shortbread cookie recipe and it all went so fast.  Sadly those days are gone only to be replaced with “That looks so delicious but I am fat…I really would like too but….”

So for this year, I came up with a plan.  Instead of making four separate batches of different cookies ending up with several dozen.  I made one shortbread cookie recipe and split it into small batches for variety.  This shortbread cookie recipe makes 48 shortbread cookies.

A display of different varieties of shortbread cookie recipes, there is shortbread dipped in chocolate, cranberry pistachio shortbread cookies, shortbread jam cookies and chocolate chip pecan shortbread cookies.

What Are Shortbread Cookies?

Shortbread cookies originated in Scotland and are traditionally made with butter, sugar, and flour. Unlike most cookies, shortbread cookies doesnt have baking powder or baking soda. This and the sweet butter makes shortbread cookies very tender – the sign of a good shortbread cookie is it melts in your mouth.

These days shortbread cookies seem very simple to make and they are. But just imagine how labour intensive this recipe would be if you were churning the butter and oh my gosh, making cornstarch. Its no wonder its a once a year tradition.

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

1 c  real butter (not margarine)

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

3 cup flour

1/2 cup corn starch

Depending on which shortbread variation you want to try, you will need small amounts of dipping chocolate, cranberries, rolo pieces, chocolate chips, pecans, yogurt chips, or jam.

How to Make the Shortbread Cookies

Place the butter in a mixer bowl and beat on high until fluffy, it will turn a light yellow colour.

Add the sugar and continue beating for another five minutes to totally dissolve the sugar.

Add the salt and vanilla and beat until very well blended.

Finally, add the flour and the cornstarch.  Mix until blended.

Bake the cookies at 275 degrees for about half an hour.  Take them out before they brown.

Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate

This is a very striking cookie with the white shortbread cookie peaking out from a luscious layer of chocolate. s

A tray of a dozen shortbread cookies with chocolate. A fantastic shortbread cookie recipe you can variate.

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Take 1/4 of the dough.  Roll into small balls and press flat with the palm of your hand.  Bake.  Melt 1/2 cup of dipping chocolate.  Once the cookies are cool dip half the cookie into the chocolate and place on parchment paper.  Place in the fridge to cool.

Rolo, Pecan, Chocolate Chip  Shortbread

You can add just the pecans and make shortbread pecan cookies. Or make shortbread chocolate chip cookies, but it is Christmas so I went for the gusto and made them with both, and added some Rolo chocolate bar bits for extra measure.

A white pedestal tray covered with a shortbread cookie recipe with chocolate chips, pecans, and rolo bits.

Take 1/4 of the dough.  Add  1/4  c mini rolo chocolate pieces, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup chocolate chips.  Bake at 275 until done. Place on parchment paper to cool.

Cranberry, Pistachio and  Yogurt Shortbread

Not everyone loves chocolate, so these are a really great Christmas cookie idea using cranberries and pistchios. I had some yogurt bits as well so they went in for a little bit extra sweetness.

A white tray stacked high with shortbread cookie recipe that includes cranberry and pistachios.

Take 1/4 of the dough.  Add 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup chopped pistachios and 1/4 cup yogurt chips.  Bake at 275 until done.

Shortbread Jam Cookies

These shortbread jam cookies are another variety that is really pretty when sitting on a tray. I love using raspberry or strawberry jam in mine for Christmas, but apricot jam would be very good as welll.

A tray of very pretty shortbread cookies with jam. An easy to make shortbread recipe.

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Take 1/4 of the cookie dough.  Roll into small balls and using your thumb make a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie.  Fill with a dab of jam, I used raspberry but any jam you like is fine.  Bake at 275 until done.

Four kinds of shortbread cookies sitting on different white platters, there are shortbread jam cookies, shortbread cookies with chocolate, shortbread pecan shortbread cookies with rolo and chocolate chips, and cranberry pistachio shortbread bookies.

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This gives the family an assortment and I won’t need to store so many different dozens of cookies in my freezer.

How to Store Shortbread Cookies

Store your shortbread cookies in an airtight container like a cookie jar or pretty Christmas tin. If you want your shortbread cookies to last more than a week, I suggest storing them in the fridge. Just make sure they are very well sealed, too much moisture and the cookies will lose that melt in your mouth quality.

Can You Freeze Shortbread Cookies?

For sure you can freeze shortbread cookies. Let your shortbread cookies cool completely before packaging. Place them in a sealed freezer container with parchment paper between each layer. I would avoid storing shortbread cookies in the freezer inside of a freezer bag, they can be quite tender and its better to be safe than sorry and end up with a bag of shortbread crumbs. Shortbread cookies can freeze for up to three months. Making it a great recipe for early Christmas planning.

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Shortbread cookies on white trays for a Christmas treat.
A display of different varieties of shortbread cookie recipes, there is shortbread dipped in chocolate, cranberry pistachio shortbread cookies, shortbread jam cookies and chocolate chip pecan shortbread cookies.

Shortbread Cookie Recipe and Four Variations

Make one classic shortbread cookie dough, and create four different shortbread cookies pistachio cranberry, rolo chocolate, and more
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Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter not margarine
  • cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • jam, pistachio, cranberries, rolo, chocolate chips, pecans Depends on the variation(s) you choose to make.

Instructions

  • Place the butter in the mixer bowl and beat on high until fluffy, it will turn a light yellow colour.
  • Add the sugar and continue beating for another five minutes to totally dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the salt and vinegar and beat until very well blended.
  • Finally, add the flour and the cornstarch.  Mix until blended.
  • Bake the cookies at 275 degrees for about half an hour.  Take them out before they brown.
  • You will need small amounts of dipping chocolate, cranberries, rolo pieces, chocolate chips, pecans, yogurt chips, and jam.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

  • Take 1/4 of the dough.  Roll into small balls and press flat with the palm of your hand.  Bake.  Melt 1/2 cup of dipping chocolate.  Once the cookies are cool dip half the cookie into the chocolate and place on parchment paper.  Place in the fridge to cool.
    A tray of a dozen shortbread cookies with chocolate. A fantastic shortbread cookie recipe you can variate.

Rolo, Pecan and Chocolate Chip Shortbread

  • Take 1/4 of the dough.  Add  1/4  c mini rolo chocolate pieces, 1/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup chocolate chips.  Bake at 275 until done.
    A white pedestal tray covered with a shortbread cookie recipe with chocolate chips, pecans, and rolo bits.

Cranberry, Pistachio and Yogurt Shortbread

  • Take 1/4 of the dough.  Add 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup chopped pistachios and 1/4 cup yogurt chips.  Bake at 275 until done.
    A white tray stacked high with shortbread cookie recipe that includes cranberry and pistachios.

Jam Filled Shortbread

  • Take 1/4 of the cookie dough.  Roll into small balls and using your thumb make a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie.  Fill with a dab of jam, I used raspberry but any jam you like is fine.  Bake at 275 until done.
    A tray of very pretty shortbread cookies with jam. An easy to make shortbread recipe.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian, Scottish
Keyword: Shortbread
Servings: 48 cookies
Cost: $15

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