Perfect (And Easy!) Shortbread

"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!)"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
24 cookies




  • Sift together the cornstarch, icing (powdered) sugar and flour.
  • Blend in butter until a soft smooth dough forms.
  • Shape into 1" balls and chill 30 -60 minutes.
  • 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)
  • 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.

Questions & Replies

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  1. joan2ca
    I tried this recipe yesterday - I found it very sweet and catchy in the throat. Had a hard time mixing softened butter What am I doing wrong?. A friend says she uses margarine instead of butter. Always comes out perfect. Would like to give it another try but will wait till someone can help me with this. Thanks - Joan


  1. David O.
    For me, this is the shortbread of my childhood and the ONLY shortbread I ever make. Making it with my kids brings back wonderful memories of learning to bake by my mom's side. A tradition in my family for over 50 years! I advise using an oven thermometer if the accuracy of your oven is questionable. They should be snowy white on top and barely golden on the bottom. Ensure the dough is well chilled to ensure it doesn't bake with a "puddle" shape around the edges. Tender, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness!
  2. DearMissDear
    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.
  3. alicefazoooli
    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.
  4. 4sweeper
    I was looking for this recipe. It is the one my mom always used to make. I like the texture that using cornstarch adds.
  5. Meghan lt3
    I love this recipe! Just couldn't find it anywhere. Thank you so much for uploading it!



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