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Shortbread Squares Recipe

Shortbread Squares Recipe

Here's a traditional shortbread recipe that's perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee. It's a favorite during the holidays. —Mrs. G. C. Mayhew, Grass Valley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:36 servings


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


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • 2. Pat into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Pierce several times with a fork. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut while warm. Yield: about 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 154 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268951
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017

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

Ellennej User ID: 8945979 254942
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8683404 240860
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8453082 230501
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"The best shortbread recipe, hands down!"

Tilly4527 User ID: 7652102 214872
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Think I could add red and green sprinkles to this?"

Jennasaurus17 User ID: 5338867 24459
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5912806 58749
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2519270 31445
Reviewed 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."

Loufrommaine User ID: 6222180 50343
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Delicious. I think that I may dip some in chocolate and see how that goes. Keep close eye on these when they're in the oven. 40 min. is about right."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 84458
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"The best! This is the shortbread recipe I always turn to. I am making it for a cookie exchange now. I use sweet (unsalted) butter, but add a pinch of salt."

Rose P. User ID: 4782209 48303
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"This is the absolute best recipe I have found for shortbread. Everyone loved it."

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