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3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

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Enjoy buttery and delicious Shortbread Cookies with my easy 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies recipe for all of the flavor with less of the fuss.
Shortbread Cookies made with only 3 ingredients!

Hi Bold Bakers!

One of the best parts about being a Bold Baker is having lots of sweet tricks up your sleeve. For me, that means having loads of easy cookie recipes I can pull together at the drop of a hat without ever having to open a cookbook. These wonderful Shortbread Cookies are one of my go-to recipes for a classic buttery fix. I can make this simple 3,2,1 recipe off the top of my head and now you can too with my shortbread cookies recipe!

What is a “3, 2, 1 Recipe?”

For those of you who don’t know, a 3,2,1 recipe is a recipe which has only 3 ingredients and a ratio of 3 parts to 2 parts to 1 part (ratio applies to cup measurements only). These 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies are mostly flour, the third part. Then some butter, the second part. Lastly a bit of powdered sugar, the one part. And for those of you who do not use eggs – not an egg in sight! All you have to do is mix up the dough, roll it into a log, let it chill and then slice them into perfect little rounds.

How to Make Shortbread Cookies

There is something so satisfying about both making and eating these lovely 3 ingredient cookies. On top of being an incredibly versatile and easy recipe to remember, these easy Shortbread Cookies are made in just one bowl and bake up super fast. All you have to do is mix up the dough, roll it into a log, let it chill and then slice them into perfect little rounds. The finished cookies bake up to golden brown perfection with a super crumbly and rich texture thanks to all that creamy butter.

Variations

While I love to enjoy Shortbread Cookies all on their own, there are so many things you can do with them: make them into shortbread thumbprint cookies with a bit of jam, fill them with peanut butter to make shortbread and peanut butter sandwiches, dip one half of them in chocolate – the possibilities with shortbread are endless.

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Gemma's 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

4.2 from 485 votes
Enjoy buttery and delicious Shortbread Cookies with my easy 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies recipe for all of the flavor with less of the fuss.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30 -35
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Enjoy buttery and delicious Shortbread Cookies with my easy 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies recipe for all of the flavor with less of the fuss.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30 -35

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ( 8oz/240g) ) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (2oz/60g)) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 cups (10oz/300g)) all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350o F (180oC) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl cream together the soft butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light inf fluffy.
  • Add in the flour and mix until the dough just comes together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a counter dusted with powdered sugar and gently roll the dough into a long two by two inch log.
  • Wrap the log of cookie dough in plastic wrap and allow to firm up in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Once the dough is firm slice the cookies into 3/4 inch thick rounds. Place each round on your baking trey and bake for 16-18 minutes or until just golden.
  • Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • Once cool the cookies can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

If you do not use butter, though this is best for these cookies, you may use a hard baking margarine, not the spreadable tub one.
Nutrition Facts
3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 Cookie)
Calories 71
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 44mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 4g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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SamG
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SamG
10 days ago

This is my fav go to recipe for Shortbreads. It’s soneasy and delicious. I hate cooking but love baking. Thank you for such delicious recipes that are easy to make !

Denise White
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11 days ago

Why is it I am unable to print out the recipes. The 3 ingredient shortbread is to die for.

Alicia
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Alicia
21 days ago

If you use sweetened shredded coconut should you use less sugar or will that affect the recipe?

Nosheen Kidwai
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Nosheen Kidwai
23 days ago

Hi,
Where are the recipes of the other two cookies, the chocolate and coconut one?

Thanks

ChefKoluder
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ChefKoluder
24 days ago

Hi Gemma,
First i love you to Pieces! Congrats on the future little helper. Can i substitute the flour for say a rice flour?

Georgeann
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Georgeann
24 days ago

Thanks again for the recipes. When I make cookies I’ve always kept them in a cool place for weeks, why are these cookies only lasting for 4days? Is it because there are only 3 ingredients? Thankyou in advance, I’m still going to make them, just not for Christmas.

PartIrish
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PartIrish
25 days ago

Will the recipe be the same at high altitudes.
Thanks.

Yvonne
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Yvonne
25 days ago

Hello can I use margarine instead of butter? Butter is expensive where I come from.

Queenkeash718
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Queenkeash718
25 days ago

Is this recipe ok for cutters(cookie cutters)

Jonnie
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Jonnie
25 days ago

Is the sodium content of the nutritional information due to salted butter, and does it change if using unsalted butter?

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