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Shortbread Squares Recipe

Shortbread Squares Recipe

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. YIELD:36 servings


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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 154 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Shortbread Squares

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bird0408 240860
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!!!!"

Robin75 230501
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"The best shortbread recipe, hands down!"

Tilly4527 214872
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

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

Jennasaurus17 24459
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."

cherylyoung 58749
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."

destine 31445
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I made these today. I think that my oven must be hotter than most because these were done in about 30 minutes. They are so buttery and delicious and not too sweet. They seem to melt in your mouth. I followed the recipe exactly except for shaving off 10 minutes from the baking time because they were lightly browned by then."

Loufrommaine 50343
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Delicious. I think that I may dip some in chocolate and see how that goes. Keep close eye on these when they're in the oven. 40 min. is about right."

Sprowl 84458
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"The best! This is the shortbread recipe I always turn to. I am making it for a cookie exchange now. I use sweet (unsalted) butter, but add a pinch of salt."

Rose P. 48303
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"This is the absolute best recipe I have found for shortbread. Everyone loved it."

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