3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

These 3 Ingredient Shortbread cookies are delicate, crisp and oh so buttery. This no chill, roll out cookie recipe is easy to make and bakes quickly.

stack of 3 ingredient shortbread cookies

3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

These 3 ingredient shortbread cookies are little tastes of heaven and they make the perfect delicate treat. I love the buttery flavor and the light crisp texture. Serve these cookies for parties, holidays or just because you want some cookies. They dissolve in your mouth and are easy to snack on all day long!

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These cookies also pair well with any warm drink cup of hot cocoa, tea or coffee. If you have younger girls, these cookies would make the perfect treat for a tea party. You could even have the girls help make the cookies because they are so easy and bake quickly.

Ingredients to make Shortbread Cookies

Each of the 3 ingredients have equal amounts in this recipe. It makes it so easy to remember this recipe. Just 2 cups each and you have yourself some amazing cookie dough.

  • Salted Butter: this recipe does need salted butter to give it the right flavor. They would still turn our just fine with unsalted, just the flavor would be a bit off.
  • Powdered sugar-also known as confectioners sugar tends to make the cookies delicate and flakey.
  • All-purpose flour-Combines the sugar and butter all together.

How to Make 3 Ingredient Shortbread cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and ¾ cup of powdered sugar. Beat until smooth
  3. Add flour and use a fork to combine. 
  4. Once the mixture starts to get crumbly, switch to your hands and knead until you can form a large dough ball.
  5. Sprinkle a surface covered with parchment or wax paper with some of the remaining powdered sugar. 
  6. Place the ball of dough on the powdered surface. Dust the rolling pin liberally with the powdered sugar. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.
  7. Using a 3 inch cookie cutter, cut our as many cookies as possible. 
  8. Carefully place cut out cookies on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes until the cookies are a light golden brown on the edges. Do not over bake!
  10. Allow to cool on a ride cooking rack. 

Common Questions about Shortbread Cookies:

  • Are shortbread cookies the same as sugar cookies? They are not the same. Shortbread cookies tend to be denser and less sweet. I still think they are the perfect amount of sweetness. They have a dominant buttery flavor and typically no eggs.
  • Can I make this cookie dough in advance? Yes! This dough will stay fresh for 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 1 month in the freezer. Be sure to let the dough sit out to room temperature in order to roll them out.
  • How long do the cookies stay fresh? If you place them in an airtight container, they will stay fresh for up to a week.

Here’s the Recipe for Easy Shortbread Cookies

3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

These 3 Ingredient Shortbread cookies are delicate, crisp and oh so buttery. This no chill, roll out cookie recipe is easy to make and bakes quickly.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredient shortbread cookies
Servings: 15
Calories: 340kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Salted Butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter and ¾ cup of powdered sugar. Beat until smooth.
  • Add flour and use a fork to combine.
  • Once the mixture starts to get crumbly, switch to your hands and knead until you can form a large dough ball.
  • Sprinkle a surface covered with parchment or wax paper with some of the remaining powdered sugar.
  • Place the ball of dough on the powdered surface. Dust the rolling pin liberally with the powdered sugar. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.
  • Using a 3 inch cookie cutter, cut our as many cookies as possible.
  • Carefully place cut out cookies on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until the cookies are a light golden brown on the edges. Do not over bake!
  • Allow to cool on a ride cooking rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 756IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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