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This wonderful recipe for basic shortbread can be used to make Espresso Shortbread, Chocolate-Glazed Shortbread Fingers, Lemon-Poppy Seed Glazed Balls, Black-and-White Triangles, and Candied Ginger Shortbread Wedges.




Cook's Notes

The dough (and its variations) can be prepared and refrigerated overnight or frozen up to 3 months, covered tightly with plastic wrap; thaw frozen dough overnight in the refrigerator before using. The baking time for each variety of shortbread will vary depending on the kind of pan and cutters used.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • explosivepenguin
    8 AUG, 2015
    Boo. Not good. Too sticky after following the recipe and just a touch too bitter after coming out of the oven. Should've stuck with AllRecipes.
  • LoveBakingCookies
    21 APR, 2010
    I made Basic shortbread and Espresso shortbread from this recipe, but I was not very impressed with the results. They tasted okay, but I had much better shortbreads before. So I will continue looking for a better shortbread recipe.
  • sieenns
    22 FEB, 2009
    These taste wonderful, but they didn't come out of the pan intact. Next time I think I will cut them into squares or wedges, and then bake them on a tray.
  • snocookie
    8 FEB, 2009
    Here is the recipe for the Lemon Poppyseed Balls Ingredients Makes about 3 dozen balls 1 recipe Basic Shortbread 1 cup confectioners' sugar 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon poppy seeds Directions Prepare basic shortbread, and roll into 1-inch balls; refrigerate 20 minutes. Bake on a cookie sheet until firm and just starting to color, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Make glaze: Whisk together confectioners' sugar, cream, and lemon juice until well combined and smooth. Stir in poppy seeds. Dip top half of cooled shortbread balls into glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet to set. Cookies will keep, in an airtight container, at room temperature 1 week. First published: December 2008
  • justchocolate
    15 DEC, 2008
    Click to look at the basic shortbread recipe and you'll see it's 325.
  • orangezinna
    15 DEC, 2008
    The lemon poppy seed glazed balls recipe doesn't seem to be here. I've saved the others, but the Lemon shortbreads just go to a blank screen. Would anyone have the recipe? Thanks :-)

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