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Shortbread Cookies

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There is something to be said about simplicity.

Whether it’s a shortbread cookie, consisting of just a handful of ingredients, enjoyed with a hot cup of tea, or a Baby Boy realizing for the first time that if he just reaches up and grabs onto his crib rails he can pull himself up to stand, it’s just good.

shortbread cookies

There he was, sitting up like he has done so well for the past few weeks. An amazing feat unto itself considering how just a few short months ago our newborn baby could only briefly lift his head up from the mat. But sitting there in his crib today, while his Mommy took a moment to clean up, Baby Boy decided he was going to grab onto his crib. Then, using those tiny little legs and arms, he proceeded to pull himself to his knees, then his feet.

We don’t give a second thought to getting out of bed each morning and standing up; walking to our dresser, our closet, our bathroom…Anywhere we want our feet to take us. And yet it was only with great determination, trial, and error did we first learn this critical skill. And today we witnessed our beautiful Baby Boy take just another amazing, tiny step forward in his development. Pulling up, unassisted, and looking around proudly. How cool.

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These cookies aren’t as awe inspiring as seeing Baby Boy figure out how to stand on his own. But that doesn’t take away from the greatness of this little cookies simplicity. While there are plenty of exciting and decadent desserts you can bake, sometimes you just can’t beat a simple shortbread cookie served with a steaming hot cup of tea.

These shortbread cookies take next to no time to prepare. Key if you have guests coming over – be it for Thanksgiving or just to visit – or just want to enjoy by yourself.

shortbread cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine all ingredients; using your hands to knead until ingredients are blended. Press into an ungreased pan (or chill and roll out to about 1/2-inch on a floured board and cut into shapes).
  2. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Cut when cool.

Recipe from: Food.com


18 thoughts

  • November 23, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Have you had Panera’s shortbread? They are my FAVORITE and these look very similar. I adore shortbread!

    • Chris
      November 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Yes! The original recipe actually cited them as being a faithful recreation of Panera’s. We didn’t label the post as that because we’ve done so many Panera inspired posts lately – didn’t want to overdue it hehehe 🙂

    • Chris
      November 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

      We never made either but they were so simple we wonder why it took us so long to try. I love them with a hot cup of tea in the afternoon, helps me fight the mid day drag 🙂

  • Joseph
    November 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Chris, how did you get that diamond design on the cookies?

    • Chris
      November 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      Joseph, we just used a butter knife to gently create the lines in the dough prior to baking 🙂

  • November 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    wonderful! I was just thinking about what I should make for pta exec mtg Tues night and ta da! The answer just presented itself 🙂 Love shortbread cookies. You can take this dough, make it into a log, run your thumb down the middle to make a well, add jam and bake the same for a wonderful variation. Think I’ll do your variation this time tho 🙂 thx!

    • Chris
      November 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Glad our post was timely for your PTA meeting 🙂 Jam sounds delicious – we didn’t even think about it for this batch. I think I’ll do some raspberry next time! Enjoy, and let us know how yours come out 🙂

      • November 30, 2011 at 2:38 am

        Hey there! Just a quick update. Made this last night for tonight’s meeting. Awesome! All gone 🙂 Only change I made was to cook it a bit longer. Probably just didn’t press it out as thin as you did. This is a wonderful recipe 🙂 Thanks!!

        • Chris
          November 30, 2011 at 8:42 am

          Thanks for the update Dana! So glad to hear they came out great. 🙂

  • November 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    btw, glad to see ziplist here! thanks!! love the talk about Baby Boy, too 🙂 brings back sweet memories (I have three boys – fighting age tho – 5, 7, and 9 🙂

    • Chris
      November 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

      And thank you for suggesting ziplist 🙂

  • December 5, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I agree, simplicity can be very much appreciated. Your shortbread cookies look perfect.

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