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Butterscotch Shortbread

After sampling these tender cookies in a specialty store, I knew I had to duplicate them. My version has lots of toffee bits and butterscotch chips. I give away dozens as home-baked gifts. —Sandra McKenzie, Braham, MN
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate English toffee bits


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, cornstarch and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in butterscotch chips and toffee bits. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. fluted round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 76 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jo Ann
    Jun 9, 2018

    These were so good. I used scant 2 1/4 C pastry flour in place of AP flour cornstarch just because I had some to use up.

  • aida123
    Sep 27, 2016

    As one person noted, I too only got 24 cookies even though I measured 1/4 inch depth and used 2" cookie cutter. How on earth could anyone get 54? Would love to know.Great cookie, best sampled next day. Second time I went easy on butterscotch as it made them too sweet. A little chocolate on top and I will have a great cookie for our cookie exchange. SERIOUSLY, how did anyone get 54? Loved the roll and cut idea. Thank you

  • dilwjdls
    Jun 27, 2013

    No comment left

  • jmkasprak
    Nov 17, 2012

    I thought these had a nice flavor and just melted in your mouth. Instead of rolling them out, I chilled the dough into a log and sliced them. They didn't look as pretty as the picture but it was a big time saver.

  • kathidahl
    Aug 4, 2012

    These cookies are tasty, but way to fragile for my taste. Has anyone tried adding an egg yolk to better bind the ingredients together? Also, the toffee bits I found did not have any chocolate involved. I think having some chocolate in the mix would have been good.

  • muffbear74
    Jan 27, 2012

    I had the same problem as Flexybull with the cookies breaking if I tried to remove them from the pan too quickly. Letting them sit for a few minutes helped. This was my first time making shortbread cookies and I am happy with the way they turned out.

  • sassy gall
    Dec 30, 2011

    I made these for Santa and he said they were yummy! They are so light and good.

  • Ms.Lady22562
    Dec 18, 2011

    Cookies are amazing! Easy to make, and taste wonderful! I did put on a frosting and added caramel to make them smoother, and they were great both ways!

  • flexybull
    Oct 31, 2011

    The taste is fantastic! I only got 2 dozen cookies out of this recipe, but I was using Halloween cutouts. I found it difficult to get the cookies off the cookie sheet, but fixed the problem by waiting ~5 min prior to moving to the cooling rack. Next time I make these, I will probably stick to the round cookie cutters- the pumpkins were the only ones that didn't have limbs that broke off!

  • eye_lady
    Sep 7, 2010

    I made these for a Holiday weekend with family, and had to give out 3 copies of the recipe! I also read the reviews, and did not roll out the dough. I simply rolled it into balls and flattened them. Very good recipe!