Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is from the back of the Canada Cornstarch box - I've been making it for years. Four ingredients, and it comes out tasting and looking perfect each time. For fun I like to add coloured sugar sprinkles for the holidays! (P.S. I learned how to bake with this recipe, so that tells you how easy it is!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift together the cornstarch, icing (powdered) sugar and flour.
  2. Blend in butter until a soft smooth dough forms.
  3. Shape into 1" balls and chill 30 -60 minutes.
  4. Place 1 1/2" apart on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a floured fork. (omit if throwing sprinkles on, and/or don't like fork flattened shortbread - I don't and it still comes out just fine)
  5. Bake 300' for 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool. Watch that they don't brown, you want to pull them out while they still look a smidge underdone - the idea is that they do not brown on the bottom.
Most Helpful

These are the EASIEST cookies to make and are incredibly addicting. With a little food coloring flavoring and creativity you can do some amazing things. Mix them up, and they make a great gift for friends and family.

DearMissDear December 22, 2013

I too have been making this particular shortbread recipe for years. It's a great, simple recipe and unlike some shortbread recipes....this one comes out tasting like real buttery shortbread. One tip.....sift everything for better texture.

alicefazoooli December 22, 2010

I was looking for this recipe. It is the one my mom always used to make. I like the texture that using cornstarch adds.

4sweeper December 14, 2010