Meg's Irish Soda Bread Cookies

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 36 mins

This is the easiest cookie recipe ever and the result is a melt-in-your mouth dessert that is great with a cup of tea, coffee, cider, hot chocolate, whatever. If made properly they taste more like little cakes. This is a traditional Irish recipe I have tweaked over the years to make my own. I usually double this recipe since they tend to go very quickly!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter. Knead with hands until the mixture becomes consistent in texture (it will be a bit coarse).
  3. Add the egg and buttermilk. Knead with hands just until the mixture is smooth and doughy.
  4. Line cookie sheets with wax paper. Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto cookie sheets (no more than twelve per sheet).
  5. If desired, use the back of a spoon to gently press a well into each cookie and fill with 1/3 teaspoon of jam/preserves. I find raspberry jam goes perfectly with the flavor of these cookies.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are "domed" and slightly golden.
Most Helpful

Love this recipe. I have made some changes to the original recipe by adding different ingredients. Everyone ones these cookies! Thanks

palumboan May 15, 2015

I liked these cookies alot, so delicious and easy. I added 1/2 a cup dried raisins to the mixture, and used a rolling pin to make the dough flat and used a cookie cutter to make heart shapes. This recipe is absolutely a keeper

hoda November 15, 2013

VERY easy and not too sweet! I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and the resulting dough is not smooth, but rolls together nicely. It is a crumbly cookie that DOES go well with a cup of tea or coffee. I made three batches to bring to an Irish Dinner tonight and they were fast and easy. I will definately make these again!

laxmom13 March 13, 2010