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Just in Time for Christmas: Shortbread Cookies #Recipe

| November 16, 2013 | 31 Comments

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Shortbread cookies are very popular at our house for a special Christmas treat. When my kids were younger, we used to make them every year and share with family and friends. I usually just take the recipe from my cookbook, but not this time around. I was talking to my friend Sandy from Canadian Blog House that I was going to write an article on shortbread cookies, and she mentioned that her mom, Sue, has the most amazing and delicious recipe. The recipe has been in her family since before she was born. I asked if she would happily share it with OMC readers and she gracefully accepted.

Before baking the cookies, I thought I would share a few tips for making the best shortbread cookies:

Use Unsalted Butter
You should use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the cookies for a more balanced and enhanced flavour.

Keep Your Butter at Room Temperature
I always take out the butter from the refrigerator and leave it on the counter overnight to soften. If you use hard butter, I find it’s difficult to work with the batter and it will leave chucks of butter. If you overwork the batter, it won’t make the cookies as soft, and melted butter is not a good option since it will make the cookies tough.

Cream Butter, Lard, and Sugar together
Cream the butter and lard with sugar to make a smooth mixture before you add other ingredients. Again, this will help with not overworking the batter as you won’t have to mix it as much. Therefore, it will keep the cookies tender.

Chill your Dough to Keep Cookie Shape
It’s very important to chill the dough before cutting them with cookie cutters to help retain the shape of the cookies. If not, they will spread in the oven and lose their shape while baking.

The recipe calls for Berry Sugar, a superfine sugar that dissolves quickly. I had never heard of this type of sugar, so I couldn’t wait to use it and see if it would make a difference in the texture of the cookies. Well, let me tell you that you won’t be disappointed by baking these cookies! They are so delicious that you will make more than one batch. Thanks Sue and Sandy!

Sue's Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

Sue's Shortbread Cookies Recipe


  • 1 Pound of Softened Gay Lea Butter
  • 1 Cup of Berry Sugar
  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Rice Flour
  • 1 Tsp of Lard
  • Glazed Cherries, Sprinkles, or Chocolate Glaze (optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix butter, lard, and softened sugar together and blend well with an electric mixer.
  3. Add flour slowly and blend until combined.
  4. Add Rice flour slowly and blend until combined.
  5. Cool the dough in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. On a floured surface, roll the dough 1/4 inch in thickness with a rolling pin.
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut out the cookies.
  8. Add a glazed cherry in the middle of the cookie. (optional)
  9. Place on non-stick cookie sheet or used parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  11. Take out of oven.
  12. Add sprinkles or chocolate glaze. (optional)
  13. Cool on wire racks.


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Category: Desserts, Food, Recipes, Snacks

About the Author ()

Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. Nicole says:

    I have a create checkerboard shortbread cookie that I usually make for the holidays!

  2. Amanda Neilson says:

    I love my mom’s shortcake bar recipe. Tastes just like a shortbread cookie but more crisp!

  3. seham merzib says:

    not exactly but my grandmother has her own secret recipe she wont tell!

  4. PamelaAljoe says:

    I will try your shortbread recipe It sounds good Thx for the chance to win this contest

  5. Lorena H says:

    I don’t have a great shortbread recipe. I like the one you submitted in your blog.

  6. lovely shapes looks wonderful

  7. Darwin says:

    My wife has a great shortbread recipe. I don’t know it, but her cookies tastes amazing.

  8. Victoria Ess says:

    I do! It’s a shortbread thumbprint cookie recipe.

  9. Ira says:

    No, I’ve never made any.

  10. Karine says:

    Shortbread with a cherry 🙂

  11. Leah Lucas says:

    Maple Shortbread Cookies!

  12. Jonnie says:

    I don’t have afavorite shortbread recipe. I’ve never tried making it on my own.

  13. l p says:

    family recipe for 4 generations now, thanks.

  14. nikki robak says:

    no I just make recipes of the computer

  15. angela mitchell says:

    I don’t actually make shortbread. My mom usually makes some at Christmas though and it is delish!

  16. Laurie B says:

    I use my moms short bread recipe. I add food coloring sometimes for creative decorating ideas.

  17. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    I make a chocolate dipped shortbread and love it

  18. nicolthepickle says:

    I don’t have a shortbread recipe that I make for special occasions, unless you count Millionaire’s shortbread.

  19. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    No I’m afraid I don’t but my sister-in-law probably does as she’s a Scot and loves baking.

  20. cheryl says:

    I don’t have one, yet

  21. Christy Martin says:

    I like my mom’s shortbread recipe, which means…I don’t touch it and she bakes more than enough every Christmas. I bring “other” cookies. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having a go at a Cheddar Shortbread Cookies with Red Pepper Jelly recipe.

  22. Carol M says:

    Yes, from a co-worker

  23. Tiana says:

    I do not have a recipe! They never work for me 🙁

  24. Fan R says:

    I do not have any recipe, sorry.

  25. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    i love anything shortbread love this recipe

  26. Lynn M says:

    Sugar cookies

  27. Joanne Robinson says:

    My dad loves Shortbread! Im going to have to try this recipe forsure!

  28. Wanda Tracey says:

    Christmas would not be complete without shortbread cookies.It’s a tradition in our house when we make them that everybody help to decotate them.We do have more fun that way and lots of giggles.

  29. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    good lord these look amazing I love shortbread mine always come out dry. thanks for the post

  30. Rick F says:

    i love shortbreads

  31. kathy downey says:

    There is no better treat then a good Shortbread cookie with a hot cup of tea.

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