Meg's Irish Soda Bread Cookies

"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!"
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Ready In:
36 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 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).
  • Add the egg and buttermilk. Knead with hands just until the mixture is smooth and doughy.
  • Line cookie sheets with wax paper. Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto cookie sheets (no more than twelve per sheet).
  • 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.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until cookies are "domed" and slightly golden.

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  1. wcecarriagehouse
    I made the dough recipe. Cut out cookies with my linzer tart cutters. Added seedless raspberry jam. Really delicious combination. Thanks so much!
  2. palumboan
    Love this recipe. I have made some changes to the original recipe by adding different ingredients. Everyone ones these cookies! Thanks
  3. Huda salih
    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
  4. laxmom13
    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!
  5. Carambola
    These did not set up for me. Doubled the recipe and was quite sad to waste so much expensive butter on these. Not worth the time.



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