Shortbread Cookie Recipes

Get 5-star recipes for the best buttery shortbread cookies, from basic to totally tricked out.

Staff Picks

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Rating: 4.36 stars
A festive melt in your mouth cookie, and very easy to make.

Caramel Shortbread Squares

Rating: 4.47 stars
These cookies consist of a shortbread crust, firm caramel center, and a milk chocolate top. They are super-easy to make and they take only 20 minutes to bake.

Heavenly Shortbread

Rating: 4.62 stars
Very easy to make and delicious.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie Logs

Rating: 4.57 stars
Delicious shortbread logs with chocolate chips in the cookie and dipped in chocolate and nuts on the end.

Tina's Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 4.53 stars
This cookie is incredible. It's so rich and tasty. I cannot tell how many times I get asked for this recipe. Everyone loves it and it's easy to make. These keep very well. You can make dough ahead time and freeze it. Defrost when ready to use and follow baking instructions. Great cookie for the holidays.

Almond Shortbread I

Rating: 4.25 stars
Melt-in-your-mouth shortbread.

Maple Shortbread Cookies

Rating: 4.15 stars
When moving and trying to use up leftover items in the refrigerator, I came up with this recipe. Tasty!

Scottish Shortbread II

Rating: 4.61 stars
Light, very buttery. Does not make a large batch, but are simple enough to make many batches. Recipe does not double well.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies

Rating: 4.51 stars
These are just like the shortbread and jam cookies you know, but with the taste of peanut butter and grape jelly.

Kay's Shortbread

Rating: 4.64 stars
This simple shortbread cookie is baked in a nine inch round cake pan, and cut into wedges.

Venice High School Cherry Butter Cookies

Rating: 4.43 stars
I made these cookies waaay back when in Home Economics class at Venice High School in L.A., California. With a shortbread texture blended with walnuts and cherries, these are certainly unforgettable. I usually bake them around Christmas, but they are super any time of year. They are particularly great with a hot cup of coffee, I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!

Inspiration and Ideas

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
Rating: Unrated
"Very nice, delicately flavored cookies." – CookinBug
Scottish Shortbread
Rating: Unrated
"Put them in a tin to age to perfection by Christmas!" – cohomomma