Shortbread Cookies


Shortbread Cookies

King Arthur Baking School
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Keyword cookies
Servings 25 cookies
Calories 110 kcal


  • 1 Stand mixer
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • 2 parchment paper or silicone mats


  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter 227 grams, 2 sticks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar aka powdered sugar, 57 grams
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 240 grams


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Line cookie sheets with paper or mats.
  • Combine butter and salt in the stand mixer (setting 2) until soft and fluffy.
  • Add sugar and combine.
  • Add the flour and mix until well combined and it hold together.
  • Use a cookie scoop and drop the dough on the sheets.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.


Lots of variations possible, including:
  1. Add 1/8 tsp of almond extract.
  2. Up the sugar to 72 grams.
  3. Add 80 grams of mini-chocolate chips.
  4. Use the back of the scoop to make a 'thumbprint' and add a dollop of jam (raspberry, for instance).


Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 224IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.5mg
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