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Shortbread Recipe
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I live in Missouri, but many family recipes come from New Zealand where I was born. My parents moved there when I was a year old, so I have a "Down Under" heritage. These special-occasion cookies bring back warm memories of my childhood, and I'm going to make sure they're passed on to the next generation in my family…no matter where they live! —Mrs. Allen Swenson, Camdenton, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


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


  1. In large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Combine flour, cornstarch and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll dough into a 15x2x1-in. rectangle; chill.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Cut into 1/4-in. slices; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Prick with a fork. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Shortbread in Country December/January 1990, p51

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Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"Very easy to make, both wife and I have made this recipe twice. The second time around we added 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts. Cut roll into 3/8 slices. This should be a "FIVE STAR". Thanks from Hawaii!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Yummy taste, but not shortbread like at all. More like a very crunchy vanilla cookie. And much harder to handle than shortbread - dough kept crumbling apart when I was trying to roll before chilling. They tasted good dipped in melted chocolate."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"This recipe is fantastic! I ended up making shortbread jam cookies with this recipe, and my mother who doesn't like overly sweet things said that this was the perfect recipe!"

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