These easy Shortbread Cookies only have three ingredients, and require just a few minutes of prep time. You will love how they melt in your mouth!
Shortbread is a unique texture that’s so crumbly and flaky, and melts in your mouth every time. If you love this classic shortbread cookie recipe, you need to try Brown Sugar Shortbread and White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies!
3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
If you love cookies that are rich and buttery, but not overly sweet, then you have got to try homemade shortbread!
Butter is the star in these cookies, so don’t use any substitutions or you will not get the same results. Make sure you are using a high quality butter for best flavor.
I use salted butter in all my baking, but if you are using unsalted butter, you will need to add ¼ tsp of salt to the cookie dough. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but it really makes a difference in the taste of the final product.
This recipe is pretty basic (and only requires THREE ingredients!!), but I am sharing a few tips to help ensure that it turns out perfectly every time.
How to Make easy Shortbread Cookies
DOUGH. Start by beating your softened butter until it is creamy, then beat in the powdered sugar. Stir in the all purpose flour just until it is well incorporated.
ROLL. You can roll it out on a floured counter, but this trick from The Flavor Blender makes it much easier. Place your dough in a gallon sized ziplock bag and press it with your hands to squeeze out as much air as possible.
Zip the bag close. Roll the dough out inside the bag, squeezing out any air and rezipping as needed. You will end up with a perfectly square piece of dough that is an even thickness. Perfect!
CUT. Cut the sides of the bag and peel it open. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the dough into rectangles. I used a ravioli cutter to get the pretty edges. I washed a ruler and used it as a guide to make sure I got perfectly straight lines.
BAKE. Next use a spatula to transfer your cookies onto ungreased baking sheets. Place the pans of dough in the refrigerator for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake your cookies for about 15-18 minutes, or till the bottom edges are barely starting to turn light brown. Let cool on pan for several minutes, then remove to cooling racks.
Tips For Making and Storing
Why powdered sugar? It’s all about texture with these cookies! Powdered sugar combined with butter makes the perfectly crumbly and flaky texture that melts in your mouth. Regular sugar is too grainy, and brown sugar is for chewiness, which isn’t what we want.
If your cookies spread in the oven, it means the butter in the dough got too warm. That’s why it’s important to keep the cookies in the fridge while the oven is preheating—at least 10-15 minutes.
Let your cookies cool completely (at least a couple hours if you can!) before eating them. Unlike a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, these shortbread cookies do NOT taste the best straight out of the oven!
To store your shortbread cookies, put them in an airtight container and keep at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze them in an airtight container or freezer bag for 2 months.
These shortbread sticks are perfect for dipping in hot chocolate or coffee, but you can cut them into different shapes if you prefer.
We like shortbread cookies best drizzled with a bit of chocolate, and of course it is always fun to add some festive sprinkles for the different holidays!
For more holiday cookies, try:
- Peppermint Meltaways
- Italian Cookies
- Snowball Cookies
- Butter Cookies
- Christmas Snickerdoodles
Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups salted butter softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- Beat butter till soft and creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat till smooth.
- Stir in flour till mixture is well combined; press dough together till it forms a ball.
- Flatten dough and place in a gallon sized ziplock bag, close the bag tightly. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough 1/4" thick inside the bag. It will form a perfect square inside the bag!
- Carefully cut away the sides of the bag. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into rectangle shapes.
- Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets about an inch apart. Place pans in the refrigerator.
- While the cookies are chilling, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake cookies for 15-18 minutes or till the bottom edges are barely turning light brown.
- Let cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes, then remove to cooling racks.
- If desired drizzle cooled cookies with melted chocolate.