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The Best Shortbread Cookies Recipe

These shortbread cookies are so simple, yet so tasty. Buttery, crispy and decadent, they're perfect during the holidays and year round!
Course Cookies, Dessert, Holiday
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Shortbread Cookies, shortbread cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 45 cookies
Calories 87kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • Beat softened butter with egg yolks until creamy.
    eggs and butter in a mixing bowl
  • Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until you get a smooth texture.
    Cookie dough in the mixing bowl
  • In small parts, add flour to the egg mixture. Whisk on slow just until the flour is fully mixed in.
    butter with sugar in a mixing bowl
  • Once the dough is smooth and not crumbly, divide it into two parts.
    cookie dough in a mixing bowl
  • Mix dried cranberries into one portion of dough and chopped walnuts into the other.
    shortbread cookie dough with cranberries and walnuts
  • Place each portion of dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and roll it into a log. Refrigerate the dough logs for at least an hour before baking.
    two longs of cookies dough
  • Slice the logs into even-sized pieces and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake cookies at 375°F for about 10 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack and enjoy!
    shortbread cookies on a baking sheet


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg