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Shortbread Squares

Here's a traditional shortbread recipe that's perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee. It's a favorite during the holidays. —G. C. Mayhew, Grass Valley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Pat into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Pierce several times with a fork. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut while warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 square: 77 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • ebramkamp
    Dec 30, 2019

    I love a good shortbread and these are just that. Not too sweet but rich in buttery flavor. i used Kerrygold butter when I made these and they were perfect. i ended up baking up a second batch the next day as between my neighbors stopping by and my husband and i we devoured these.

  • Diane
    Sep 3, 2017

    Very dry and tasted like flour. Would be better with brown sugar and less flour.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 3, 2017

    These cookies are easy to make, delicious and not overly sweet!! Just right!!

  • Ellennej
    Oct 2, 2016

    I followed the recipe exactly, so I don't know what went wrong, but these were AWFUL! They were chalky and tasteless and turned to paste in my mouth. I won't be making these again.

  • bird0408
    Jan 2, 2016

    These are wonderful! Next time I will try a slightly larger pan and cut into smaller 'sticks' and dip in Chocolate. Outstandingly easy and delicious!!!!

  • Robin75
    Aug 1, 2015

    The best shortbread recipe, hands down!

  • Tilly4527
    Dec 14, 2014

    Think I could add red and green sprinkles to this?

  • Jennasaurus17
    Sep 18, 2012

    Wonderful recipe! This produces the absolute best tasting shortbread. It has just the right amount of sweetness accompanied by an amazingly delectable , rich buttery taste (but not too rich). This recipe makes exactly what you think of when you think of shortbread.

  • cherylyoung
    Dec 27, 2011

    These are very flaky & buttery, but I myself would like more flavor. When I make them the next time I think I would add almond extract.

  • destine
    Dec 20, 2011

    I made these today. I think that my oven must be hotter than most because these were done in about 30 minutes. They are so buttery and delicious and not too sweet. They seem to melt in your mouth. I followed the recipe exactly except for shaving off 10 minutes from the baking time because they were lightly browned by then.