Laura Shirk's Shortbread Recipe -
Laura Shirk's Shortbread Recipe
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Laura Shirk's Shortbread

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"Rolled shortbread."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add flour and salt, stir until blended. Roll out 1/2 inch thick on floured board and cut into shapes with small (2 inch) cutters.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 04, 2005

I don't bake mine near as long, but still a good recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 07, 2004

Has anyone else made this?! 300 degrees for 5 minutes-No Way, try 15 or 20 minutes! I made this recipe with no exceptions to the directions and the dough was so dry it was nearly impossible to roll out! This was my first time making shortbread cookies and thanks to this recipe I don't think I'll make them again...


7 Ratings

Feb 13, 2004

This recipe is too dry. It needs an additional 1/4 cup of butter. Also, it needs more sugar. It is okay if you are going to ice the cookies.

Aug 30, 2013

I did make one change, I cut the flour back to 2 cups. The low, slow baking time yields a less dense, crispier shortbread. I also just pressed the dough into an 8 x 8 baking dish, scored it into 20 pieces and pricked them with a fork. Thank you, Sally for sharing Laura's wonderful recipe.

Jul 18, 2011

as written I am giving it a 4 -- this shortbread requires a lot of kneading to give it the right texture and scant measurments for flour.

Apr 01, 2003

Great Cookie Recipe and sooo easy. I added a little French Lavender to the sugar and pulsed a couple of Times for a change. Everyone one loved the variation.

Nov 28, 2004

This recipe was pretty good. The dough was definitely dry, but after rolling in it my hands and kneading it, I was able to roll it out with a rolling pin. Cooking time was no where near 50 minutes-- mine took less than 10. But, the end result is a nice, flaky shortbread cookie.


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  • Calories
  • 256 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.9 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 15.6 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 158 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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