Butter Shortbread Cookies

This delicious butter shortbread cookies recipe bakes a nice crispy cookie that you can dunk in a cup of coffee or tea and not have it break into pieces!

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What does shortbread remind you of?  Is it a childhood memory?  Please let me know in the comment section.

Shortbread is a cookie I’ve always loved.  My grandmother Bena used to eat shortbread cookies dunked in her coffee, which means, we used to eat shortbread cookies dunked in coffee.  Nana lived downstairs from my family in our two family home and we kids used to take turns staying overnight to keep her company.  One of the reasons we loved to sleep down there, other than visiting with her, was the food.

She used to serve us warm decaf coffee – with tons of evaporated milk in it – and cookies. Either shortbread or Fig Newtons or Vienna Fingers or whatever she had in the pantry.  What luxury!

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Helpful tips

  • Take the butter out at least an hour before you start on the cookies
  • Use good quality chocolate to dip the cookies into
  • These cookies freeze well and make great gifts during the holiday
  • Bake times may varies as all ovens are different
  • Once the cookies get slightly brown around the edges, they are done

How to make butter shortbread cookies


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Get out your stand mixer and cookie sheets.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – butter, flour, sugar and vanilla. (A)

Step two

Place butter and confectioner’s sugar in mixer and mix until combined. Add flour and vanilla and mix until combined.

Step three

Take a scoopful of dough in your hand and roll into a ball and place on the cookie sheet. Repeat until all the balls are rolled. (B)

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Step four

Take your palm and press the dough down so it flattens. (C)

Step five

Bake for 18 – 20 minutes.

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You can remove the cookies off of the cookie sheets right way as they are crispy cookies and not floppy or delicate.

One of the things I love about these cookies is dunking them into chocolate, or dribbling chocolate over them.  There can’t be too much chocolate in the world.  Still, I leave half of the batch plain for peeps like Christopher.

Boring peeps.

Oops, I mean, peeps who like their cookies plain.

But let’s see the chocolate ones.

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Time to plate some and take a bite.

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I hope you enjoyed this butter shortbread cookies recipe!

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Butter Shortbread Cookies

Great dunking shortbread cookies!
4.60 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: butter shortbread cookies, chirstmas cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 31 Cookies
Calories: 108kcal


  • 1 cup butter softened (take out at least an hour before)
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate coating

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Place butter and sugar in stand mixer and mix until combined
  • Add flour, salt and vanilla and slowly mix until combined
  • Take a small amount of dough and roll a ball of it between your palms and place each ball on the cookie sheets – 16 balls maximum on a sheet
  • Take hand and press down on each ball flattening it somewhat
  • Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden around the edges

Chocolate coating

  • Dip some cookies into the melted chocolate
  • Drizzle some of the chocolate over some of the cookies
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. I love the simplicity of shortbread – I think they must be my all time favorite cookie – and a little chocolate never hurts, either!

  2. These cookies remind me of my childhood! I will have to try them soon, look easy and quick to make too, which is a plus! πŸ™‚

  3. These cookies remind me of shortbread cookies that my Mum used to bake when I was a child! Simple and delicious. And I love your photography πŸ™‚

  4. I love the buttery taste of shortbread cookies! It’s so easy for me to eat an entire tin of them if I’m not careful. These homemade ones dipped in chocolate would be perfect for gifting, but I’m afraid they’ll never make it out of the kitchen! Haha.

    1. Luci! I hear you! It was hard not to eat them before I photographed them. My hubby keeps sneaking in the freezer to get them. πŸ™‚

  5. Shortbread cookies are my all time favorite! You’re Nana sounds like my kind of girl! Love dunkin my cookies!

  6. How good is shortbread?! It’s something I haven’t had for a while but your post makes me want to make them again so I will! On a side note…. I had no idea cream was put in coffee until we traveled in the USA! We have milk in our coffee here. The things you learn ?

  7. Yum! These shortbreads look delicious and I agree with you, leave the plain ones to the boring people, we are not like that! πŸ™‚

  8. Don’t know what I did wrong but my perfect slightly smashed dough balls melted into a puddle of yum, the next batch I put in muffin tins and delish buttery cookies.

    1. That’s weird Susan. I’ve always had them come out like cookies and not melted. I’ll have to remake them this holiday. But I’m glad you liked the cookies (in the muffin tins). Thanks for letting me know.