Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Serves: 6

Prep time: 1 hour


  • 2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups pastry flour
  • 1 1/3 cups cornstarch
  • Superfine sugar for sprinkling


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, using an electric mixer.
  2. In another bowl, stir the flour and cornstarch together.  Gently mix the flour mixture into the butter until it forms a soft dough.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat over to 325 degrees.
  5. Dust dough lightly with flour and roll it out to ¾ inch thickness on a piece of parchment paper.
  6. Transfer dough and parchment paper to a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with superfine sugar.
  8. While still warm, use a knife to cut the shortbread into pieces.  (I had a shortbread mold, which I used for this recipe.
  9. If you use a mold, give the shortbread five minutes less in the oven.
  10. If the shortbread does not come out of the mold easily, give the back of the mold a sharp tap with the end of a knife.  That will loosen it.)

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