Shortbread Cookie Recipes

Chocolate chip is great, but nothing quite matches the crumbly goodness of a classic shortbread cookie. We’ve got all the tips, tricks and how-tos right here.

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16 Shortbread Recipes Every Baker Has to Try

Everyone loves these melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Discover our favorite recipes for shortbread cookies that will please all palates.

Holland Butter Cookies

1 review

My great-grandmother's Holland butter cookies have been passed down in my family from generation to generation. This recipe uses only...

Grandma’s Scottish Shortbread

3 reviews

My Scottish grandmother was renowned for her baking, and one of the highlights whenever we visited my grandparents was her...

Easy Scottish Shortbread

1 review

These traditional butter cookies require only three ingredients. They’re so yummy, you won’t be able to stop at just one!...

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The 5-Ingredient Shortbread Cookie Recipe You Must Make This Christmas

Five simple ingredients transform into tender and adorable whipped shortbread cookies.

Unicorn Manes

2 reviews

Everyone loves a classic shortbread cookie. Make each cookie magical with a quick dip into melted baking chips and rainbow-colored...

Pecan Shortbread Tea Cakes

1 review

My Grandma Ellis made her shortbread cookies only at Christmas because the ingredients were so indulgent. The results are, too!—Trisha...

Butterscotch Shortbread

12 reviews

After sampling these tender cookies in a specialty store, I knew I had to duplicate them. My version has lots...

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

2 reviews

I received this recipe for lemon shortbread cookies from my cousin who tried to duplicate cookies she loved from a...

Orange Shortbread with Spicy Dark Chocolate

Of all the cookies I've made over the years, shortbread is the one that won't last 24 hours in our...

Lavender Shortbread

1 review

Lavender flowers can be used fresh or dried in cooking. The flowers have an intense flavor, so they are best...

Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread

1 review

We love hazelnut flavor and cookies that aren’t too sweet, so this recipe is perfect for us! If you like...

Carrot Cake Shortbread

1 review

I really love carrot cake and wanted to make a cookie that had the same flavors. These comforting cookies are...

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Brown Sugar Shortbread

16 reviews

These rich buttery cookies have just three ingredients! They're a snap to make for a last-minute gift or when guests...

Caramel-Apple Shortbread Cookies

1 review

There is nothing like seeing my friends almost melt to the floor when they bite into something I made. These...

Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

4 reviews

Chocolate is a nice addition to shortbread, as this scrumptious recipe proves. The shortbread cookies are delicious served with a...


10 reviews

I live in Missouri, but many family recipes come from New Zealand where I was born. My parents moved there...

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Buttery 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

33 reviews

With only a few ingredients, these butter shortbread cookies are so simple to prepare. —Pattie Prescott, Manchester, New Hampshire

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Pecan Sandies

45 reviews

Whenever Mother made this pecan sandies recipe, there never seemed to be enough! Even now when I make it, the...

Shortbread Ornament Cookies

6 reviews

These buttery shortbread cookie ornaments are almost too pretty to eat! You can use cookie cutters in shapes of your...

Coffee Shortbread

22 reviews

You'll be remembered for these cookies when you serve them for a morning coffee or at a gathering. Melted chips...

Fudge-Topped Shortbread

5 reviews

This combination of buttery shortbread and sweet chocolate is wonderful. Whenever I make it, there's nothing but crumbs left. Be...

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Scottish Shortbread

74 reviews

My mother, who is of Scottish heritage, passed this shortbread recipe, along with other favorite recipes, on to me. When...

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Cranberry Shortbread Stars

6 reviews

My family loves shortbread and I love cranberries, so I decided to put the two together to make cranberry shortbread...

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

4 reviews

With the perfect hint of rosemary and a classic buttery texture, these delicate cookies look and taste elegant. The fact...

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Berry Shortbread Dreams

47 reviews

Raspberry jam adds fruity sweetness to these rich raspberry-filled shortbread cookies. They will absolutely melt in your mouth! —Mildred Sherrer,...

Shortbread Cutouts

16 reviews

I found this recipe in a magazine over 30 years ago and have made these shortbread cutout cookies for Christmas...

Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries

22 reviews

This fresh, sweet-tart cookie also works with dried cranberries and orange zest. I freeze the dough for up to a...

Slice & Bake Coconut Shortbread Cookies

10 reviews

Light and buttery, these delicate shortbread cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good. The coconut flavor makes them extra special. —Roberta Otto, Duluth,...

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Whipped Shortbread

216 reviews

These whipped shortbread cookies melt in your mouth. Mostly I make them for the holidays, but I'll also prepare them...