Classic Shortbread Cookies

Classic shortbread cookies are a perfect holiday treat! This recipe is tender, buttery, flaky and a close copycat recipe for Walker’s Shortbread. It’s so easy you will never purchase another plaid tin box again! Just four ingredients that you should already have in your kitchen.

Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!

If you have never made shortbread before you will be extremely surprised how easy it is to whip up.  Just cream the butter until fluffy, slowly add the flour and sugar mixture, then beat until light and fluffy again.

Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!

Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!

Remove, cut into your desired shapes and dock all over with a toothpick or wooden skewer.

Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!

Bake for 1 hour, remove from pan and recut into previous shapes. I went with the traditional “sticks” and it was a perfect size to have with my afternoon coffee.

Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!

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Classic shortbread cookies are a perfect holiday treat! This recipe is tender, buttery, flaky and a close copycat recipe for Walker's Shortbread.
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Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (2 sticks)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Place butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture; beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Press dough into a parchment paper lined 9x9 pan. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the dough, refrigerate 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with rack in upper third.
  6. Remove plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with a knife. Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, prick all over at ¼-inch intervals.
  7. Bake until golden brown and firm in the center, about 1 hour. Remove pan to a wire rack.
  8. Recut shortbread into previous shapes; let cool completely.
  9. Remove using the parchment as handles and transfer shortbread to an airtight container.

Classic Shortbread Cookies - Tender, buttery, flaky shortbread!

 

Recipe inspired by MarthaStewart

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  1. Reply

    This sounds and looks so fun to make! Yum! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Your Shortbread Cookies look amazing! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  3. Reply

    Shortbread cookies are my husband’s absolute favorite. He eats those them like they are going out of style!! These look fabulous, an I love your slicing before and after baking technique! Genius;)

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      Maria, I warn you and your husband these are so addictive! 😉 Thank you for coming by and have a blessed day!

  4. Reply

    My mother, being born in Scotland, always made her shortbread cookies
    With rice flour…It made them not so heavy…

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