Shortbread Cookies

Tender-crisp shortbread cookies are delicious in their simplicity. The buttery cookie is often cut into rounds or imprinted with a decorative flourish. Great glazes and mix-ins amplify the simple shortbread palette. Discover our basic steps for making classic shortbread cookies, or punch it up with shortbread bars and fruit and herb enhancements for the dough.

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Fudgy Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread

Fudge-stripe cookies are popular among small elves. Here, classic shortbread pairs up with peanut butter for a yummy treat.

Margarita Shortbread Cookies

Enjoy your favorite happy hour cocktail in cookie form! The buttery shortbread dough features lime zest and tequila. The icing is spiked with booze, too!

Raspberry Marble Shortbread Cookies

No, you're eyes aren't playing tricks; this shortbread cookie recipe requires just four ingredients! One of those ingredients is freeze-dried raspberries to make a pretty shortbread cookie like none you've had before.

Caramel Coconut Cookie Bars

This take on the Girl Scouts Samoas cookies (aka Caramel deLites) transforms them to bar form so you can quickly whip up a batch of 24 without having to shape them into perfect circles with the hole in the center.

Fruit Sushi Cookie Donut

Create a cookie recipe that looks like sushi using thinly sliced fruits atop sugar cookies. They're a cute dessert guaranteed to impress.

Snickerdoodle Shortbread

Shortbread cookies get a snickerdoodle makeover thanks to a cinnamon-sugar topping. Serve these simple shortbread cookies by the slice, cookie pizza-style.
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More Shortbread Cookies

Pink Peppercorn-Viola Shortbread

Flour, sugar, and butter are all you need to bake up a classic shortbread recipe. Add color and complementary flavors with crushed pink peppercorns and edible violas.

Our Best Shortbread Cookies for Christmas

Buttery shortbread cookies taste great any time of year—yet because they’re infinitely shapeable and easy to decorate, they’re top choices for holiday baking, too. With shortbread recipes galore, this story shows you how to make shortbread into the stars of your Christmas cookie tray.