Shortbread Squares Recipe
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Shortbread Squares Recipe

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Here's a traditional shortbread recipe that's perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee. It's a favorite during the holidays.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 154 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 105 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Pat into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Pierce several times with a fork. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut while warm. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Shortbread Squares in Country December/January 1999, p51

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"These are wonderful! Next time I will try a slightly larger pan and cut into smaller 'sticks' and dip in Chocolate. Outstandingly easy and delicious!!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"The best shortbread recipe, hands down!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Think I could add red and green sprinkles to this?"

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Wonderful recipe! This produces the absolute best tasting shortbread. It has just the right amount of sweetness accompanied by an amazingly delectable , rich buttery taste (but not too rich). This recipe makes exactly what you think of when you think of shortbread."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"These are very flaky & buttery, but I myself would like more flavor. When I make them the next time I think I would add almond extract."

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