Shortbread cookies originated in Scotland, but they’ve moved well past that in a society that prizes globalism above almost all else these days. They’re traditionally one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour, but there are so many different variations these days, it’s hard to pin down exactly what goes into most of them. The name comes from the fact that they have a tendency to crumble, and that comes from the high butter content in these delicious little cookies. If you’ve yet to bake shortbread on your own, you’re in for a real treat. They’re delicious fresh out of the oven, and they keep quite well. Here are a few easy shortbread cookie recipes that my family enjoys to get you started.
5 Shortbread Cookie Recipes You Must Try
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Basic Shortbread Cookies Recipe
If you enjoy a classic shortbread cookie with a crumbly texture and buttery taste, then these cookies will be right up your alley. For this recipe, you’ll need two cups of softened butter, one cup of white granulated sugar, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and four cups of all-purpose flour. Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Cream your butter and sugar together until it’s fluffy, then stir in your vanilla and flour. Make certain you mix your ingredients well. Press the dough into a 9″ x 15″ jellyroll pan making sure that you pat it down evenly. Sprinkle lightly with a bit of sugar. Then, you’ll want to bake at 325 degree for 30 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and cut immediately into squares or rectangles while still hot, but do not remove from the pan until cool. This recipe makes about two dozen cookies.
Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies Recipe
This is a take on an original shortbread cookie, and as you allow these to cool, you’ll notice a solid crunch you don’t get with other varieties. From this recipe, you’ll get about three dozen cookies. To get started, you need a cup of softened butter, 1 ¼ cups of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour. Cream your butter and sugar together until they’re fluffy, then add the vanilla and flour. Gather your dough into a ball, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Allow it to sit in your refrigerator until it’s firm, which should take about an hour. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees, and while you’re waiting, roll out your dough to ¼” thickness. Cut it either with a knife or round cookie cutter, and place it onto greased baking sheets. Bake about 35 minutes, until it’s firm to the touch. Transfer to a cooling rack as soon as you pull it out of the oven.
Peanut Butter Shortbread Recipe
With this recipe, you’ll get about 2 dozen cookies. To begin, you need 2 cups of peanut butter, 2 cups of brown sugar, 2 eggs, and two teaspoons of vanilla. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then mix all of the ingredients together. Spoon by the teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a rack for cooling.
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
With so many variations on shortbread, you may have trouble choosing which one to make, but one you certainly won’t want to ignore is chocolate shortbread. You’ll need ½ cup of softened butter, ¾ cup of all-purpose flour, ½ cup powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees, then beat your butter until it’s creamy. Add all of your other ingredients, mixing just until it’s combined. Pat it into a cake pan, then bake until it’s firm, which should take about thirty minutes. Cut it, cool it completely, and serve!
Shortbread with Chocolate Drizzle
These tasty shortbread cookies are my personal favorites. You will want to make these over and over so I suggest you get the full printable shortbread recipe .
Everytime I eat an shortbread cookie, I always sing that song my mom sang me when I was little.
“Three little children, lyin’ in bed
Two were sick and the other ‘most dead
Sent for the doctor and the doctor said
“Feed those babies some short’nin’ bread”Mama’s baby loves short’nin’
Mama’s baby loves bread
Mama’s baby loves short’nin’
Mama’s little baby loves short’nin’ bread”
What’s your favorite type of shortbread cookie? Which one of these shortbread cookie recipes will you try first?