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Brown Sugar Shortbread Recipe

Brown Sugar Shortbread Recipe

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 YIELD:21 servings


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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Cut into 2-in. x 1-in. strips. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Prick with a fork.
  • 3. Bake at 300° for 25 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional 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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Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 258343
Reviewed 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!"

AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 238898
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

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

georgeanna User ID: 1160318 223775
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8169560 215316
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Brown Sugar Shortbread

I'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 User ID: 8143477 214229
Reviewed 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."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 214165
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"Tastes great and easy to make"

wellar User ID: 6569044 45027
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6442248 25664
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5960667 79420
Reviewed 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!!!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 45024
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"great with strawberry jelly on top!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 26292
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I just made these today, they taste great! I have made shortbread before only once, and I just LOVED the addition of the brown sugar. They are so simple yet so yummy! Instead of cutting into squares I used a 1 1/2 inch biscuit cutter which gave the cookies ridged edges. SO cute and yummy! Will definitely make again; thanks so much for sharing!"

jieastcott User ID: 1507778 45935
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"So good and so easy. Received many compliments. Out of all the Christmas cookies I made, these were the first gone off of every plate."

lightedway User ID: 4228023 21701
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"I loved these. I cut them out into rounds. I frosted them with chocolate icing. This recipe is great proving once again that simple is best!"

kleesmom User ID: 4271203 51406
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"I've been making these shortbread cookies for over 44 years. easy enough for kids to make. Everyone loves these for Christmas cookies! The best and simplest recipe for a cookie. I cut them in round 1 1/2 in fluted circles and prefer them about 1/2 to 3/4 in thick. More crumbly, less crunchy that way.


JanMike User ID: 1991253 79418
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2008

"I double this recipe because they are SO wonderful, they go so fast!"

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