Classic Shortbread

classic shortbread

Classic Shortbread is a real Christmas treat. This recipe is simple to make and has the melt-in-your-mouth goodness that makes a great shortbread recipe.


Classic Shortbread


  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/3 cup icing or powdered sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


Shortbread can be baked in a ceramic shortbread pan or can be patted out and cut with a cookie cutter and baked on a cookie sheet.



Cream the butter until it is light.
Classic Shortbread - cream the butter and sugar
Cream in the icing sugar, then the vanilla. Now work in the flour.
Knead the dough on an unfloured counter top or board until nice and smooth.
Ceramic Shortbread Pan
Prepare it by spraying the pan very lightly with a non-stick vegetable spray.
Classic Shortbread - prepare the shortbread pan
Firmly press the dough into the shortbread pan. Prick the entire surface with a fork.
Classic Shortbread - prick the dough
Bake right in the pan at 325 deg F for 30 - 35 minutes or until very lightly browned. Let the shortbread cool in its pan for about 10 minutes before you loosen the edges with a knife and flip the pan over onto a cutting board.
Classic Shortbread
Cookie Sheet
If using a cookie sheet, pat out the dough to about 1/2 inch high and then cut with a cookie cutter. Bake at 325 deg F for 20 - 25 minute or until just golden (but not brown)
Classic Shortbread


Classic Shortbread — 1 Comment

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! I’ve now shared with two other labmates, and everyone who has had one of these has given the “mmmm” of approval! Thank you so much G!