Shortbread Cookies Recipe | Homemade Cookies

These shortbread cookies are very easy to make and crisp in texture. The ingredients of these shortbread cookies are easy to find and probably have in your pantry. Shortbread cookies are dense, flaky, buttery texture. Today, I am gonna use two flavors for my cookies, chocolate, or orange. but,  You can also leave it a simple butter cookie. You can keep these cookies for weeks in an airtight container or store the raw cookie dough in the fridge for on-demand treats.

 These are the perfect pairing for a cup of tea or coffee. I love this cookie dough because in this recipe you can adjust the sugar quantity, butter quantity. Make these cookies on holiday or as a return gift for your friends or family. And in this recipe, I will show you, how to cook cookies on the gas stove. Yes, this is also an oven friendly dish.

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What is shortbread cookies?

Shortbread cookies are made with unsalted butter, flour, salt, and powdered sugar. First, you have to mix all the ingredients then cut them into pieces and bake them at 350F for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also add vanilla extract, chocolate, nuts, or other flavors too. These are simple and quick cookie recipe. You can also make the dough in advance and freeze it for a month.

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Pro tips for making shortbread cookies

  • Use unsalted butter because you can adjust the salt in your cookie. If it is not available then go with the salted butter. If you are using salted butter then do not add extra salt. Always use room temperature butter, it is easy to whisk.
  • You can add your favorite flavors, do some experiments with your favorite flavor combos. I used chocolate, orange because I love these flavors most.
  • You can make the dough in advance and keep it in the fridge for a week. Make sure to wrap well with a plastic bag or with anything wrapper. You can also freeze the dough for a month.
  • In the oven, back it to 350F for 10 to 15 minutes. If you want a more crisp texture then back it for more. Or, on the gas stove, bake the cookies for 25 to 30 minutes on low flame. And, do not worry about the outcome, it would be great because I tried it so many times. It never fails.
shortbread cookie


  • 10 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 190 grams flour
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch(optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 65 to 70 grams of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • A drop of orange food color(optional)
Prep time20 minutes
Baking time20 minutes
Servings20 to 30 cookies

Preparation for  cookie dough

Take a large bowl, add unsalted butter.


First, whisk it for 2 minutes with hand whisker.

cream butter

Then, add powdered sugar into it and again whisk it for 4 to 5 minutes. You can also make your own powdered sugar. Take some granulated sugar and blend it in fine powder. It is ready to use.


Whisk the butter, like this.


Now in separate bowl, sift the flour and corn starch.


Add salt.


Mix the flour with butter mixture.

cookie dough

Mix it well. Like this.


Now divide the dough into two equal sections.Add cocoa in 1 portion and mix well with your hand.


Dust some flour on the surface and knead the dough well with your hands in the smooth crack-free dough. You can also leave it simple if you do not want to add any flavor.

Now add orange zest into other portion and mix well.

After that, shape the cookie dough into a rectangular prism or like a small brick. Cover it with plastic wrap. Keep it in the freezer for 25 minutes.

When the dough is firm then take a sharp knife and cut the dough into half to 1-inch pieces. Like this.

How to bake cookies

Now, take a sheet or plate. Place the cookie dough over baking paper. And make some dots with a fork or toothpick. Place it in the oven at 350F for 10 to 15 minutes. Or in a gas stove, take a large heavy bottom pan. Add salt or sand to the bottom. Place a wire rack or any plate. Preheat for 5 minutes on medium flame. Then place the cookie plate in it and cover it with the lead for 25 to 30 minutes on low flame.


After that, you can check it by pressing your figure on it. If you feel the dense and firm texture then it is ready to take out from the heat. Bake all the cookies like this and leave them to cool down completely.


Keep all the shortbread cookies in an airtight container. It is ready to serve with your tea or coffee.


If you like the recipe or try it then share your experience with me. Take a picture of your outcome and tag me on #candidtreat or leave a comment.

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