Shortbread Cookies {Easy 4 Ingredients}

Who doesn’t love a classic, melt-in-your-mouth Shortbread Cookie? This recipe is as simple as it is delightful, using just four ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Perfect for tea time, as a sweet snack, or even as a thoughtful homemade gift, these shortbread cookies are a timeless treat that everyone will adore.

Vintage floral plate filled with buttery shortbread cookies

There’s something truly special about the aroma of freshly baked homemade shortbread wafting through the air. The warm, buttery scent and the delicate texture of the shortbread make it a delicious treat that’s hard to resist.

If you enjoy it plain or with a cup of tea, there’s no denying that homemade shortbread is a true delight for the senses. It’s a classic treat that’s been enjoyed for generations, and it’s not hard to see why.

From the tender crumb to the rich, buttery flavour, every bite is pure bliss. In fact, it’s hard to beat the satisfaction of biting into a piece of warm, homemade shortbread fresh from the oven. So let’s bake some!

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Why You Will Love These Easy Shortbread Cookies

  • Only Four Ingredients – these cookies are a breeze with just butter, icing sugar, cornflour, and flour.
  • Deliciously Buttery – the high butter content gives these cookies their classic rich, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
  • Versatile – perfect for any occasion, from casual gatherings to elegant tea parties. You can easily adapt this recipe with add-ins or chocolate.
  • Easy to Make – straightforward, this recipe is great for bakers of all levels.

Ingredients For Easy Shortbread Cookies

  • Butter – softened at room temperature for that rich, classic shortbread taste.
  • Icing Sugar – to add just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Cornflour – to make the cookies extra tender.
  • Flour – forms the base of the cookie dough.

Variations

  • Add Lemon Zest for a citrusy twist.
  • Dip in Chocolate after baking for a decadent touch.
  • Sprinkle with Coloured Sugar before baking for a festive look.
  • Incorporate Nuts or Dried Fruit into the dough for added texture.

Try these simple Christmas Shortbread Cookies for a festive gift!

Tools to Use

Mixing Bowl – To combine your ingredients.

Electric Mixer or Wooden Spoon – For creaming the butter and sugar.

Baking Sheet – Lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

How to Make Easy Shortbread Cookies

Preheat Oven to 150°C (300°F).

1. Cream the Butter and Sugar. In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.


2. Sift in Dry Ingredients. Sift in the cornflour and flour, mixing until just combined to form a dough.


3. Roll and Cut. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1cm thickness and cut into 3cm x 8cm rectangles. Or to the desired shape. Prick each cookie 3 times with a fork.


4. Bake. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. They will be crisp and pale.

5. Cool. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

How to Store Shortbread Cookies

Room Temperature – Shortbread cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Freezing – You can freeze the dough or baked cookies for up to 3 months in an airtight container or freezer bag. Before freezing, wrap the dough or cookies tightly with plastic wrap or aluminium foil to prevent air from getting in. This will help to prevent freezer burn and maintain the flavour and texture of the baked goods. When ready to use them, simply thaw the dough or cookies in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours before baking or serving.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t overwork the dough. Mix until combined to keep the cookies tender.
  • Mix in the icing sugar slowly to avoid a dust cloud.
  • Watch the oven as shortbread cookies should be lightly golden, not browned.

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Yield: 16

Shortbread Cookies {4 ingredients}

Shortbread Cookies {4 ingredients}

Who doesn’t love a classic, melt-in-your-mouth Shortbread Cookie? This recipe is as simple as it is delightful, using just four ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. These shortbread cookies are a timeless treat that everyone will adore, perfect for tea time, as a sweet snack, or even as a thoughtful homemade gift.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 1 3/4 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 150°C (300°F).
  2. Cream the Butter and Sugar. In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift in Dry Ingredients. Sift in the cornflour and flour, mixing until just combined to form a dough.
  4. Roll and Cut. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1cm thickness and cut into 3cm x 8cm rectangles. Or to the desired shape. Prick each cookie 3 times with a fork.
  5. Bake. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. They will be crisp and pale.
  6. Cool. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Notes

  • Don’t overwork the dough. Mix until combined to keep the cookies tender.
  • Mix in the icing sugar slowly to avoid a dust cloud.
  • Watch the oven as shortbread cookies should be lightly golden, not browned.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    16

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

    Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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