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Brown Sugar Shortbread

These rich buttery cookies have just three ingredients! They're a snap to make for a last-minute gift or when guests will be arriving on short notice. For best results, gradually stir the flour into the dough. -Shirley Gardiner Clearwater, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min./batch
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour and mix well. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 3 minutes. Pat into a 1/3-in.-thick rectangle measuring 11 in. x 8 in.
  • Cut into 2-in. x 1-in. strips. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Prick with a fork.
  • Bake at 300° for 25 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 145 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • LeslieH
    Dec 13, 2018

    An easy shortbread recipe. My husband's favourite.

  • Maria
    Apr 6, 2018

    THIS is the by far the BEST shortbread cookie recipe EVER. even my kids loved it and with the if there's no chocolate it can't be good but they loved it so much I had to make another batch. My new one and only fave recipe!

  • Rosemary Swope
    Dec 19, 2016

    Yum Yum! After letting them cool for a few minutes, eat some while still warm. Even Walkers Shortbread can't do that!

    Dec 7, 2015

    This was a very tasty recipe. Everyone who tried them loved them. So simple too!

  • georgeanna
    Mar 29, 2015

    I have made these often and they are always a big hit. It is very important not to over kneed. The cookies will get dry and tasteless.

  • chayamalkadina
    Dec 19, 2014

    Brown Sugar ShortbreadI've made this recipe for years and it's always a hit. I usually add some vanilla extract before mixing flour. A little Sea salt with the flour mixture is good if using unsalted butter (best). High quality ingredients make a difference too...use a low moisture butter like Plugra or Straus Organic, King Arthur Flour, and definitely mix flour in gradually. it really makes a difference.

  • wswarren59
    Dec 7, 2014

    With a recipe like this, which has only a few ingredients, the quality of those ingredients will make or break your results. Use a really good brown sugar - muscovado is even better. I also used Kerrygold butter and rolled them out to about 1/3" thick and cut them out, then sprinkled with raw sugar. They were amazing.

  • wellar
    Dec 4, 2013

    Thanks for having this shortbread recipie on line. It is the same one my mother and grandmother made. They were from Manitoba also. And it makes the best short

  • OhBeeOne
    Nov 24, 2013

    Pretty bland. For all the butter and brown sugar it should have more flavor, I think. Would not make it again. (This may be okay as a cookie to go with ice cream but I wouldn't waste the calories on them.

  • Fernflower
    Jul 27, 2013

    I love these cookies just the way they are!! They are so easy and they melt in your mouth. I will make them again and again and again!!!