Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread Cookie Recipe

My Christmas cheer always starts with Boney M’s Christmas Album…yup ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ is the one song that gets that feeling started. By the time we get to ‘Feliz Navidad’, my KitchenAid mixer is out and ready to start the first (of many) batches of perfect, melt-in-your-mouth Shortbread cookies. The sound of the music is quickly muffled by the sound of the mixer busily creaming the butter and in no time, the scent of Christmas fills my house as the first sheet of cookies hits the oven.

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread Cookie Recipe

whipped shortbread cookies


  •  1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups of all purpose white flour


There are 2 secrets to making the perfect Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread. The first secret is that great shortbread is all about the butter. It is imperative that you use a premium brand of butter. There are lots of butter options out there, and I am the first to buy whatever is on sale, but I never skimp or try to save when it comes to my baking!

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The 2nd secret to perfect Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread cookies is PATIENCE!! Place 1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter in your mixer.  Turn your mixer on high for 10-15 minutes. Your butter will be perfectly creamed and will be white rather than yellow. That’s how you know the timing is right. (While the butter is mixing, preheat your oven to 375 degrees).

Once the butter is creamed, add in ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar and ¼ cup of cornstarch. Allow that all to mix together for a minute or two before adding in 1 ½ cups of all purpose white flour. Mix on low for one minute and then on high for 3-4 minutes. Spoon your cookie dough onto a cookie sheet about an inch apart. If you want people to think you are really fancy, use a piping bag with the biggest star tip to pipe them into swirls or use a small ice cream scoop to get perfect balls of dough.

shortbread cookies on tray


Now….get ready for the glorious Christmas smell that fills your house! 10 minutes in the oven for these guys is PERFECTION! Keep an eye on them because the edges can burn quickly if you aren’t paying attention. Once they come out of the oven, allow them to cool completely before transferring them onto a plate – this will help to ensure they don’t crumble

Go put on some Boney M, get that festive feeling and get ready to bake dozens of these! They are a holiday favourite at my house (and they make a great gift in a lovely cookie tin) This perfect Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread is my definition of Simple Perfect Holiday Memories.

whipped shortbread cookies

For another of my Shortbread Cookie Recipes, see my Whipped Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Whipped Shortbread Cookie recipe

How about Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars

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Or perhaps these 10 Shortbread Recipes

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If you’re looking for something different, how about my Peppermint Chocolate Shortbread Bar – Perfect for a Christmas Cookie Exchange

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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread Recipe
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  • 1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups of all purpose white flour
  1. Place 1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter in your mixer & turn your mixer on high for 10-15 minutes. Your butter will be perfectly creamed and will be white rather than yellow
  2. While the butter is mixing, preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  3. Once the butter is creamed, add in ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar and ¼ cup of cornstarch
  4. Mix together for a minute or two before adding in 1 ½ cups of all purpose white flour
  5. Spoon your cookie dough onto a cookie sheet about an inch apart and bake for 10 minutes


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85 Responses

    1. Not a big baker or cook for that matter. But this? This might just turn me into one. Just call me Betty Crocker if I did win! Lol…

    2. My family has used this recipe, only doubled, for as long as I can remember, when the cookie presses came o to the market my mother started using one of them for these cookies, we get festive shapes such as stars, fir trees, pointsetta etc make a nice presentation on the cookie platter.

  1. I use the shortbread recipe my mother and grandmother have always used. It has the same 4 ingredients that your recipe does but we roll it out and use a cookie cutter.

  2. I would love to win a Gay Lea cookbook because you know, if it’s made with butter it’s going to be amazing. So I bet that cookbook is full of really good recipes.
    Your shortbread look lovely btw.

  3. This is my fruit pizza with a shortbread crust. It is AMAZING!
    1/2 cup butter
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp cream of tartar
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 (8) oz package cream cheese
    1/2 cup white sugar
    2 tsp vanilla extract

    In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Mix in egg, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Press dough into an ungreased pizza pan.

    Bake in preheated oven for 8 – min, or until browned. Cool.

    In a large bowl,, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until light. Spread on cooled crust.

    Arrange desired fruit on top of filling and chill.

  4. I actually don’t have one because I’ve never made shortbread, but I’m thinking of trying this recipe. Looks good!

    1. I hope you tried it. I have not really made a good one, until now with this recipe. I will use Irish butter next time perfect outer melt in your mouth crunch. Thanks

  5. Growing up, our shortbread was always butter, cornstarch, brown sugar, flour and 2 drops of vanilla, baked up in festive shapes by using a cookie press

  6. I love collecting cookbooks and trying new recipes, my youngest has turned into a great cook my oldest has just started getting interested. we love looking at the recipes.

  7. Shortbread is easy and one of those classically delicious recipes not only for the holidays, but any time of the year!

  8. Yours look delicious, and melt in your mouth, wow, my auntie had cookie like these too, but I don’t have the recipe, gonna try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I am always on the lookout for the ‘perfect’ shortbread cookie recipe. I have tried several and will definitely be making this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing

  10. I make these cookies and put minnie rolloes in the center, Then roll up in little balls, Have also carmell in the centers

  11. This sounds so yummy. I am definitely going to give it a try this year. One of my favourite shortbread recipes is for Rocky Mountain Shortbread. Unfortunately I can’t find my recipe right now, but it is basically a shortbread with chopped up Tobblerone bar in it… good!

  12. i dont have a favorite shortbread recipe — I’ve always failed at making shortbread, so i’m excited to try this one over the holidays

  13. love the shortbread recipe. another one added to my list of favorites to try. great one for the holiday, not too complicated

  14. LOVE shortbread but I have actually never tried making it. I may attempt it this holiday season because I dont think my kids have tried shortbread :)

  15. I do not have a recipe but my moms neighbor makes a really good shortbread! This book would be great to add to my just starting out collection, I love to bake and my kids love to eat! This mixer looks awesome too! Mine is an old sunbeam mixer, still works but is on its last legs =)

  16. I have never been able to find a good recipe or successfully make shortbread so I am going to have to give this recipe a go and see if I can’t be a shortbread queen by the end of holiday season :)

  17. I make a super delish shortbread. I add chopped up Toblerone bar pieces. The sweet and melt in your mouth taste of traditional shortbread and the pop of chocolate is a win win!

  18. My mom makes the shortbreads every year and they are so good! I may give it a whirl and try the recipe here and see how it goes. They look good!

  19. I always love coming to check out your recipes & mocktails, I leave with ideas and inspiration every time :) No special recipe but I liked whipped short bread cookies when my wife made them. As long as you use extra vanilla any short bread cookie recipe is good in my books, and tummy ;)

  20. Oh, Julie! Shortbread cookies are the best thing about Christmas! :) I always get a hankering for them around this time of year! I live in the UK & there’s a bit of rival between English shortbread & Scottish shortbread, but I’ve never met a shortbread biscuit I didn’t like! Haha. I followed you here from the link party at Chef in Training & I’d like to invite you to come link up to my party, too. It’s Tasty Tuesdays & I pin EVERY POST that gets linked up! You can find this week’s party here from tomorrow:

  21. This recipe is awesome! I followed your instructions EXACTLY (i.e. Whip butter until white, I use Lactantia butter, and WATCH them in the oven). I used a pastry bag with the largest star tip to make a spritz style cookie and topped with a little chunk of red or green glazed baking cherries. Heaven! Thank you :)

  22. Hello all,
    Can anyone who has made the recipe tell me:
    Would this recipe do well as a base for lemon bars or is it too delicate?
    Appreciate any input. Thanks!

  23. Absolutely love,love,love this recipe!!! Cookies truly melt in your mouth and taste like you spent a long time preparing them yet they are so fast to whip up!!!! I’m sure they’d make killer best sellers at a bake sale!!!!
    Thanks a million!!!

  24. I made these and they were the best cookies ever! literally melts the second you put it in your mouth. For some reason though my cookies were extremely flat, but still were the best short breads i’ve ever tasted! i also used salted butter instead of unsalted as it was all i had at my house

  25. OMG!I just made these! Excellent recipe, instructions and tips. Delectably divine! The only difference was that I was multitasking as a result I had to put the batter in the fridge – about 5 mins or so- before scoping onto the baking sheet -, also.. I added a 1/4 tsp almond extract -.

  26. Well. I haven’t got a mixer anymore but the battery for my cordless drill is charged. Let’s see if I can make shortbread!

  27. Thank you for your wonderfully delicious recipes. I added your shortbread cookies to my Christmas goodie gift platters – what a success. So once again thanks for sharing and keep up the great work! Much appreciated…

  28. Melt in your mouth shortbread….sounds really good but………
    I’m not sure these melt in your mouth, it’s more like they turn to a fine powder in your mouth. I followed this recipe exactly, it’s not that these cookies were bad, they are definitely lacking something from flavor to texture.

  29. I just made these cookies and oh my gosh!!! They are sooooooo delicious! Whatever you do once you take them out the oven, make sure you follow the instructions and “Let Them Completely Cool” before removing them from the sheet pan or else they will crumble and fall apart. After mixing the ingredients, I chopped up about 3/4 cup pecans and dried cranberries and added it to the mixture. Once the cookies were cool, i melted some of my favorite Cadbury Milk Chocolate and dipped half of the cookie in it, then let it harden. This is the BEST Shortbread cookie i have ever made! I took your advice and listened to my favorite Boney M and Smokey Robinson. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

  30. I love this shortbread recipe, I always do one batch with toasted pecans and toffee bits and one batch plain. They are always melt in your mouth and a huge hit with my family.

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