Tips To Make the Best Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are a holiday classic! Learn some tips on how to make the very best.

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Choose High Quality Butter

No matter what brand of butter you buy, if it's real butter, you can rest assured that it's the best. Real butter is made with cream and a little salt. Learn more about different kinds of butter and butter quality.

Keep Ingredients Simple

Shortbread is made with just butter, sugar, flour and salt. No need for additional ingredients!

Add Flavor

If you'd like to upgrade a traditional shortbread recipe, add flavors! Some of our favorites are gingerbread, toasted coconut, and lemon poppyseed.

Don't Overwork

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.

Shape 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.

Add Finishing Touches

You can dip them in fudge, drizzle with icing, or add sprinkles if you'd like. Enjoy! Check out some of our favorite shortbread recipes.