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Three-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Three-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
Three-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Buttery, crumbly shortbread cookies, just like grandma used to make! Just 3 ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need to enjoy these cookies with a hot cup of tea.

3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Yield: Makes approx. 15 cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two large baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add flour and continue to mix until mixture forms a soft dough (it will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing and it will form a dough). Form dough into a cohesive ball with your hands.
  3. Roll dough 1/4-inch thick on a surface dusted with flour or powdered sugar with a well-dusted rolling pin. Cut into rounds and place on prepared baking sheets. Repeat as necessary.
  4. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until cookies are pale golden brown. Let cool on baking sheets.
  5. Enjoy!

Optional drizzle Lemon Icing ….


Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • the zest of one lemon (or more!)
  • 1 tsp of salted butter
  1. In a large Pyrex measuring cup, the 4 cup capacity ones are the best, combine the sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. Now, again, I use salted butter. If you want to add another layer of taste, feel free to toss just a pinch of salt into the mix now. We all know how I feel about salt in icings, such as my buttercream icing recipe. The salt is a necessity to cut the sugar taste and add some complexity past that overwhelming sweet rush. Just the tiniest pinch, depending on how salty your butter is.
  3. Add in the butter then microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  4. Take out the measuring cup and whisk until smooth, making sure there are no lumps.
  5. Let it sit for a few minutes then pour it over your creation.
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