Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
Makesabout 4 dozen
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 325°. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add 3-3/4 cups flour; mix well. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead for 5 minutes, adding enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut into 3x1-in. strips. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Prick with fork. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Cool.
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Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 123 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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Nov 30, 2019
I think you don't need to limit yourself to the type of sugar. I got my recipe from a neighbor that was borns in Scotland, she used white sugar. My sister uses powdered.
Nov 13, 2019
Shortbread isn't supposed to be a sweet cookie. Most recipes only call for a quarter to a half a cup of sugar. If you need a sweet cookie shortbread isn't it.
Jan 28, 2019
I was happy to see my Great-Grandmother's recipe (except hers calls for a pinch of salt). This is always a well-received morsel! A nice alternative for so many treats that call for chocolate.
Jan 3, 2019
I was looking for a good shortbread cookie recipe and this is it! These shortbread cookies are delicious and easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and would not change anything. These rival the brand of shortbread cookies that are sold internationally. They will definitely be included in my list of cookies that I make every year for Christmas from now on.
Apr 24, 2018
I love shortbread and the fact that it is so simple to make. I added about a teaspoon of vanilla because I think it is a great addition. You can also drizzle chocolate on top to dress it up a bit more.
Dec 26, 2017
I make this recipe every year to put them on gift trays and it’s not uncommon for these to be the favorite on the tray. They are perfectly sweet, and I usually drizzle chocolate on half of them for the kids. If you’ve tried them and they’re not turning out right, I can only assume that you’re not following the directions precisely, or that you aren’t using real butter. The texture and flavor is perfect every time i make these. I just follow the directions. Five stars for sure.
Dec 24, 2017
Exactly what I was looking for. I was worried by the reviews that complain about them being bland, but realized that the recipe (unlike most) has no salt and does not call for unsalted butter. If you're using unsalted, make sure to add some in.
Dec 8, 2017
Wow are these amazing! So buttery and they literally melt in your mouth. I will for sure be adding this recipe to my Christmas cookie baking list. My sons and I added some sprinkles to make them a bit more festive.
Dec 6, 2017
normally i am used to sweet recipes turning out too sweet, so I always use less sugar than the recipe says...not this time, I added much more sugar than the recipe called for and also two tablespoons of maple syrup...and in the end they still did not turn out to be very sweet...also, with all the butter, you'd expect the taste to be much more buttery than it is...so not bad, but rather flat taste...gonna look for a more flavourful recipe ;)
Feb 12, 2017
I had to cook these longer than the recipe called for. I found these to be good but not great. I did add a pinch of salt. I am glad I did. They are not as sweet as I would like.