Keep Ingredients Simple
Shortbread is made with just butter, sugar, flour and salt. No need for additional ingredients!
Be careful not to overwork your dough. Mix it just until it starts to come together, then dump it onto a floured surface until you have a smooth dough.
Shortbread can be rolled out and cut into shapes, formed into a log and sliced, or pressed into a baking dish. It's up to you, so get creative!
Chill Before Baking
The goal is to ensure the butter in the dough is cold when it goes into the oven. This will prevent the shortbread from spreading.
Bake Until Golden
Keep an eye on your shortbread and make sure it doesn't get too dark. It should be just golden around the edges. Once out of the oven, allow them to cool before decorating.