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Shortbread Cookies

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Shortbread Cookies
24 (about 2 dozen)
15 Min
10 Min

Sure, shortbread cookies are traditionally a Christmas cookie, but our quick and easy recipe for these timeless favorites are great all year! We can't get enough of them in the Test Kitchen.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

What to Do

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt; mix well until a dough forms. Roll into a ball and return to bowl; cover and chill 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 10- x 6-inch rectangle. Cut into 1 - x 3-inch pieces and place on ungreased rimmed baking sheets. Sprinkle with a little sugar.
  4. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Remove to wire racks and allow to cool completely.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 24

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 66
  • Calories from Fat 35
  • Total Fat 3.9g 6 %
  • Saturated Fat 2.4g 12 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 0.7g 1 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3 %
  • Sodium 46mg 2 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 7.1g 2 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1 %
  • Sugars 2.1g 0 %

Ratings & Comments

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I rated this a three not for taste but for the preparation. The dough was too crumbly to roll. It kept coming apart. When I finally was able to roll and cut, I baked accordingly and the taste was pretty good. I will make this again only if the test kitchen chefs can tell me why the dough was so crumbly.

Hi there! We're sorry that this recipe did not turn out the way that you hoped. Our recommendation is to add a little more melted butter to your flour mixture. Also, to make sure that you are using butter and not a butte substitute such as margarine, as this will affect the consistency of the dough. If you do make this recipe again, let us know how it turns out for you. We would love to hear your feedback. Enjoy!

These are wonderful, they remind me of what my sister called teacake cookies when we were little girls. I will make many more of these shortbread cookies especially for all my little relatives (both boys and girls) that would rather have cookies for a present instead of store brought things. They are also great to take to nursing homes and to give out to the hungry. Thank you for putting this recipe on-line.


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