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Easy Irish Shortbread
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

These crisp, buttery melt-in-your-mouth delicious Irish Shortbread Cookies require just one bowl and no mixer! They come together quickly and disappear even quicker, so make plenty!

Course: Dessert/Cookies
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish Shortbread Cookies, Shortbread cookies
Servings: 28
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 8 ounces very soft butter preferably Irish butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • sugar for sprinkling
  1. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the butter and vanilla until smooth and no lumps remain. Add the sugar and mix together until smooth and thoroughly combined.

  3. Add the flour and corn starch. Mix with a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon until all flour is incorporated. It may seem like too much flour at first, but just keep mixing until it’s all incorporated.

  4. Dump mixture out onto a generously-floured work surface and knead for about 30 seconds until dough forms into a ball and is not sticky. Divide dough in half and set one portion aside.

  5. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll out the dough until it's ¼-inch thick (see Café Tips above in post.) Add more flour to work surface and rolling pin as needed if dough is sticky.

  6. Cut into your favorite shape and place on prepared sheet pans. Knead dough scraps together, roll and cut out shapes until dough is used up.
  7. Place pan in refrigerator, uncovered, for at least one hour and up to 12 hours.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350˚F. Remove cookies from refrigerator.

  9. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Flatten any puffed part of cookies with the back of a flat metal spatula. Sprinkle cookies with more granulated sugar. Return to the oven for 5-7 additional minutes, or until light golden brown.

  10. Allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Hide the container if you plan to serve these to guests.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for further instructions and more detailed tips.

Alternatively, you can divide the dough in two and press it into 2 eight-inch pans that have been greased (I use baking spray) and lined with parchment paper. Place on a sheet pan (to prevent the bottom from getting too brown) and bake for 8 minutes, then sprinkle generously with granulated sugar. Return to oven for another 22-26 additional minutes or until the top is a nice, golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a cutting board and cut into wedges. Transfer wedges to a cooling rack to cool completely.

If you'd like these shortbread cookies to be a little crisper, just pop them back in the oven for 5-8 additional minutes after cutting into wedges (a second baking, kind of like biscotti).

Nutrition Facts
Easy Irish Shortbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.