Just in Time for Christmas: Shortbread Cookies Recipe

| November 24, 2017 | 24 Comments


Just in Time for Christmas: Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Shortbread cookies


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, had 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!

Shortbread Cookies Recipe


  • 1 Pound Butter
  •  1 Cup Berry Sugar
  •  4 Cups Flour
  •  1 Cup Rice Flour
  •  1 Tsp Lard (Tenderflake or Crisco Shortening)


Mix butter, sugar and lard together. 
Blend well. 
Add flour slowly. 
Blend well after each addition. 
Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. 

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Just in Time for Christmas: Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Shortbread cookies

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  1. 1 Pound Butter
  2. 1 Cup Berry Sugar
  3. 4 Cups Flour
  4. 1 Cup Rice Flour
  5. 1 Tsp Lard (Tenderflake or Crisco Shortening)
  1. Mix butter, sugar and lard together.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Add flour slowly.
  4. Blend well after each addition.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
  6. Watch.
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Lyne 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 loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. 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 City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. loriag says:

    I love shortbread. I will have to try your recipe. I think chilling it is a great idea.

  2. CAlvin F. says:

    Rarely have shortbread, but I hope I can get a taste especially at this time of year!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    Shortbread is one of my favourite treats at Christmas time!! I don’t want to sound silly but what is Berry sugar

  4. DebH says:

    I think I might try this recipe instead of my own!

  5. Erin N says:

    Mmmm – I love shortbread cookies! They are the perfect Christmas cookie, in my opinion (well, gingerbread, too) because you can decorate them anyway you want and it is a fun activity to decorate with your family.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I will have to try this recipe, though my sister-in-law makes fantastic shortbread. She does have an inherent advantage though, she’s a Scot. 🙂 I’ve never heard of berry sugar nor lantic sugar, however now I know that the former is castor sugar and I’m thinking that lantic sugar is even finer than castor sugar – I didn’t even know that there was a product like that!

  7. LisaM says:

    I love step 6. Seriously. Watch those suckers 😉

  8. kristen visser says:

    This is a perfect recipe! quick, easy and perfect for the holidays. I have this bookmarked so that I can make these for my girls upcoming Christmas 🙂

  9. sarah says:

    Yum! Bookmarking to try for our Christmas baking this year 🙂 Thanks

  10. Chandra O'Connor says:

    first time in years I actually feel like baking. recipe looks very tasty

  11. Linda H says:

    My Mom used to make real shortbread at Christmas and it was so good but I have only made whipped shortbread. Maybe I’ll try this year!

  12. Jenn Erin says:

    I love shortbread during the holidays but I always get store-bought ones. I think I might have to attempt making my own with your recipe… I bet freshly baked ones are even better!

  13. HEIDI C. says:

    I make shortbread cookies every year after which my kids and I have a blast decorating them.

  14. Kristi says:

    Shortbread has always been a favourite of mine. I like to make it with potato starch as well as flour, but I’m curious what it would be like with rice flour. I’ve not made it with unsalted butter but that’s a good tip.

  15. SHIRLEY says:

    Thanks for the shortbread cookie recipe these look delicious

  16. Leanne Davis says:

    I love shortbread cookies . I haven’t made them in so long . I used a very basic recipe , going to try this one .

  17. kathy downey says:

    Yummy and I’m such a sucker for shortbread,might have to make some on the weekend !

  18. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    Your cookies look yummy but I’ve never heard of berry sugar before

  19. JoKing says:

    Shortbread is not just for holidays but I so do love them during the holidays!

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