Our Very Best Shortbread Cookie Recipes
The best things in life are simple and sweet—which is why we love these shortbread cookie recipes so much. Brought stateside by Scottish immigrants, these cookies (sometimes called biscuits) are generally made from a combination of all-purpose flour, granulated or confectioner's sugar, and lots of butter. Flavorings such as vanilla or almond extract may be added to the dough, as well as chopped or ground nuts, fresh citrus zest, or cocoa powder. Here, we're sharing our best buttery and flaky shortbread cookie recipes.
While we have many delicious variations, you'll want to start by mastering our Classic Shortbread cookie recipe. The process is so simple—combine all of the ingredients together and mix to form a dough, press into a pan, refrigerate, then bake and enjoy! Whether you eat them on their own or pair them with a cup of tea, there's no mistaking just how good these cookies are.
If you're a chocolate lover, then you'll adore our recipe for Mocha Shortbread; a tablespoon of instant espresso powder enhances the chocolate flavor. Looking for a subtler chocolate flavor? Try a batch of Oat-and-Spelt Shortbread, which are nutty cookies dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt. The balance is just right. For the holidays, why not serve a batch of Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies? Adorned with sugared thyme and rosemary plus red, white, and green sprinkles, they're the most stunning (and edible) holiday greenery.
Grab a few sticks of butter, cookie cutters or a tart pan, and get baking.
Go-to, timeless, a tried-and-true staple—all of these adjectives describe just how dependable and delicious this cookie recipe is. Cut it into triangles like the traditional Scottish way for a buttery slice of heaven.
Almond-Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
Just like the nostalgic peanut butter sandwich cookie (but better!), this treat is made with an almond shortbread cookie base and a sweet almond butter filling. They're a delicious option for anyone with a peanut allergy, or who just wants a bite of something different.
Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies
One of the prettiest cookies we've seen, these delicate, aromatic wreath cookies are showstoppers. Meyer lemon juice is incorporated into both the dough and the glaze. They're also a great make-ahead dessert: Prep and freeze the dough up to a month before baking.
Pistachio-Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
Thought your shortbread cookie had everything it needed? Think again. The addition of chopped pistachios to the dough adds very appealing crunch and color. Create a sweet sandwich by filling the cookies with jam (we used strawberry here, but use any kind you like!).
Preparing these cookies couldn't be easier. The dough is pressed into a cake or tart pan, divided into eight sections, and pricked with a fork to create holes to let the steam escape while it bakes. Dust with confectioners' sugar for a pretty, picture-perfect finish.