Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe {Video Tutorial Included}

This very simple shortbread cookie recipe yields the most wonderfully crunchy yet melt in the mouth cookies EVER! It’s a tried and tested shortbread recipe that I’ve perfected and simplified over the years so you don’t have to. Want to take your shortbread to the next level? You can’t go wrong with a great millionaire shortbread! Want to simply learn how to nail classic shortbread cookies? Read on my friend… (There’s also a vegan option too!)

shortbread cookies in a stack

What’s different about this shortbread cookie recipe?

Rather than your typical finger shortbread (which is pressed into a large tin and then cut after baking) this shortbread cookie recipe uses a fluted round cutter to individually cut out each cookie. In my opinion this is WAY better, as it makes for more even and consistently baked cookies. Whereas your traditional tray bake shortbread may be more cooked on the edges than the middle, yielding inconsistent cookies.

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A little shortbread history

Being born in Scotland myself, it’s only natural for me to LOVE shortbread. It’s literally in my genes! The first printed recipe was from 1736 and written by a lady called Mrs McLintock. As it was originally an expensive and luxurious treat, it was usually only enjoyed around Christmas. Hence the reason it is now associated with the Christmas season!

shortbread cookies in a pile on a work surface

Apparently shortbread was refined and made popular by Mary Queen of Scots and has been enjoyed ever since, by people all over the world. I’ve heard many terrible things about that lady but I’ll raise a glass to her for giving us shortbread!

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Simple is best and less is more…

This humble shortbread recipe uses only staple, household ingredients and nothing more. There are many positives to this!

  • It means they’re cheap to make.
  • There’s no mad dash to the supermarket for crazy ingredients.
  • They’re very simple to make.
  • You’re likely to already have all the ingredients needed.
  • You can whip them up quickly in a baking emergency!

 

To name just a few. Did I mention that I LOVE shortbread??

shortbread cookies in a stack

Other simple cookie recipes you might like

If you’re like me and you love simple biscuit/cookie recipes that you can just whip up – you’ll love these too!

  1. Chocolate drizzled shortbread
  2. 4 ingredient lemon cookies
  3. Butter cookies

 

shortbread cookies in a tin lined with a grey cloth

Tips for mastering this shortbread cookie recipe

I realise that shortbread cookies are supposed to be simple to make but, believe me, there are always pitfalls and ways for things to go wrong! Here are a few tips that I think will help you conquer this shortbread cookie recipe, first time…

  • Handle the dough as little as possible. The more you work it, the more it can alter the texture.
  • Be consistently accurate by weighing out all your ingredients! ‘Winging it’ tends to make for one hit wonders that you can’t ever repeat.
  • Use a timer. This sounds way too obvious, but all it takes is the phone to ring or a child to distract you and POOF! Burnt cookies.
  • No need to refrigerate this dough before baking, it doesn’t spread too much.
  • Use room temperature butter as it’s much easier/faster to work with.

 

shortbread cookies in a stack

Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Here is what you will need to make approx 30 biscuits

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)

  • 100g (1/2 Cup) Golden Caster Sugar
  • 160g (2/3 Cup) Butter *
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 205g (1 + 1/2 Cups) Plain Flour
  • 55g (3/8 Cup) Corn Flour
  • Pinch of Salt

 

*use 80g (1/3 Cup) of Flora Buttery and 80g (1/3 Cup) of Trex instead for a great vegan alternative. 

Essential Equipment

  • Large Bowl/Silicone Spatula
  • 6cm Fluted Cookie Cutter
  • Large Baking Tray

 

Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 160°C. No need to line the tray – they aren’t likely to stick.

How to make shortbread cookie dough

Let’s get this party started by creaming together the sugar (100g | 1/2 Cup), butter (160g | 2/3 Cup) and vanilla extract (1 tsp) until light and fluffy. You can use either a large bowl and a rubber spatula or an electric stand mixer. 

NOTE: Use 80g (1/3 Cup) of Flora Buttery and 80g (1/3 Cup) of Trex instead of butter for a vegan version.

Butter, vanilla and sugar creamed together in a glass bowl

Once the mixture is nice and light, tip in both the flours (205g | 1 + 1/2 Cups of plain flour and 55g | 3/8 Cup of corn flour) and the salt (pinch).

Unmixed shortbread cookies dough in a glass bowl

Now we need to give it a good mix until a crumbly dough forms.

shortbread cookies dough in a glass bowl

Next, tip the dough out onto your work surface and give it a little knead to bring it all together and make a ball. Place it onto a sheet of baking paper (this will make your life a bit easier).

shortbread cookies dough on a sheet of baking paper

Place another sheet of baking paper on top and roll the dough out to approx 6mm thick.

Take your fluted 6mm circle cookie cutter and cut as many cookies out as you can.

shortbread cookie dough rolled out with fluted circles cut out of it

Then re-roll any scraps back out to 6mm thick and repeat until all the dough is used up.

How to bake shortbread cookies

Next, we need to evenly space out those shortbread cookies on a large baking tray. Make sure you leave a little room between each one to allow for any spreading. (Although this should be minimal.)

unbaked shortbread cookies spaced out on a baking tray

Bake for 12-14 mins until golden round the edges. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on them in the last 5 mins though as all ovens vary! Once baked, allow the shortbread cookies to harden on the tray for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the process until all the shortbread cookies are baked.

baked shortbread cookies cooling on a rack

And there you have it! CRAZY addictive, buttery, crunchy, yet melt in the mouth shortbread cookies. Trust me when I say – this is a shortbread cookie recipe that you absolutely need in your life! Although I can’t take any responsibility for the effects on your waste line… (Sorry about that haha!)

shortbread cookies in a stack

Have you made this recipe? I want to know!

Will these beautiful shortbread cookies be making an appearance in your household? I’d love to know if they are! Send me your pics and comments on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or email me at misskitchenmason@gmail.com.

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Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy shortbread cookie recipe is one you absolutely need in your life! Yielding the most wonderfully crunchy yet melt in the mouth shortbread cookies you've EVER eaten...

Ingredients

  • 100g (1/2 Cup) Golden Caster Sugar
  • 160g (2/3 Cup) Butter - see notes
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 205g (1 + 1/2 Cups) Plain Flour
  • 55g (3/8 Cup) Corn Flour
  • Pinch of Salt

Essential Equipment

  • Large Bowl & Silicone Spatula
  • 6cm Fluted Cookie Cutter
  • Large Baking Tray

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C/Fan 160°C.
  2. Cream the sugar, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the plain flour, corn flour & salt then mix until it becomes a crumbly dough.
  4. Tip out onto a work surface and bring together into a ball. Place onto a sheet of baking paper.
  5. Place another sheet of baking paper on top then roll out the dough to 6mm. Cut out cookies using a 6cm cookie cutter.
  6. Re-roll any leftover dough and repeat until it's all used up.
  7. Space out the cookies on a large baking tray and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden round the edges.
  8. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  9. Repeat until all the cookies are baked.

Notes

Vegan Option - instead of butter, use 80g (1/3 Cup) of Flora Buttery and 80g (1/3 Cup) of Trex.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature. I prefer metal as they keep their crunch much better!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 71 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 42mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Protein: 0g
Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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2 thoughts on “Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe {Video Tutorial Included}”

  1. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    I absolutely adore shortbread cookies!! A friend who lives in England and vacations in Scotland every year occasionally sends me a tin of them that they picked up in Scotland. Now I can try to duplicate them here and if they turn out well, perhaps I can send some to her!

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      YAY! Shortbread is one of my favourites too! So glad I could help Susan 🙂 Emma x

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