Perfect Shortbread Cookies!

Recipe by CaliforniaJan

We got this recipe from a 1983 issue of Cuisine Magazine and it is perfection. It wouldn't be Christmas without this treat. Prep time below does not include chilling time.

Top Review by maxsteph8231

I have been looking for this recipe for years! I seemed to have lost the original article in a move and my family has been missing this delectable treat.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Work cold butter with hands until soft and cream in the sugar. Mix flours and salt together and work into butter. Knead gently until soft (not oily) and forms a ball.
  2. Roll dough to 3/8-inch thickness on a cookie sheet, mark pieces with a ruler to make 1" x 2" cookies and prick each cookie with a fork three times. Chill dough at least one hour (but up to 48 hours is still OK).
  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees and reduce heat to 275 degrees as soon as you put the cookies in the oven.
  4. Cut cookies apart and place on baking sheets. Bake in center of the oven at 275 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes.

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