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Zaz's Oatmeal Shortbread Recipe

Zaz's Oatmeal Shortbread

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"A deliciously different variation on shortbread."

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Original recipe makes 60 cookies Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and white and brown sugars. Add egg, almond and vanilla extracts and stir well. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into butter mixture, and mix until well blended. Stir in chopped nuts and oats.
  3. Roll about 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball. Flatten dough on cookie sheet with a fork and bake for 8 to 12 minutes.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 16, 2009

When my Grandfather passed on, I became THE cookie baker and candy maker of my entire extended family. Which means... I bake and ship a LOT of cookies. I began using this recipe several years ago and it has become my absolute favorite. These cookies are easy to make, freeze wonderfully (both prior to baking and after), and are GREAT for shipping as gifts. The only changes I make to the basic recipe is that I use regular (always good quality) salted butter, and freshly ground sea salt, in place of table salt, which makes a subtle but amazing difference in taste. When baking for home, I wrap stacks of cookies with aluminum foil and store in the freezer, taking them out as needed. this way they stay super fresh and yummy! If I am baking for Christmas gifts, I add dried cranberries, and after they cool, I either drizzle with melted chocolate, and/or dip half of the cookie in white chocolate. Everyone RAVES about them! Other ingredients I add at times are mini chocolate chips, raisins and spices. A little tip to those who mention issues with their cookies turning out greasy... Try refrigerating the cookie dough for a couple of hours before baking. After baking, allow them to cool on plain brown paper (I save all of my paper grocery bags for this purpose). The paper will absorb any excess fat in the cookies, and it's a great way to recycle! :o)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 27, 2006

Well, these were OK, but they really wern't shortbready. To me, there were just another oatmal cookie. I expected something more buttery and rich. They were good cookies, just not what I was after. Sorry :(


15 Ratings

Jan 18, 2006

My friends love this recipe when I make it. Rather than nuts, I use dried cranberries - they give a nice little tang to go with the richness of the cookie.

Feb 05, 2010

These came out great. Living at high altitude I did need to add about 1 1/2 Tbs, flour to the mix, and I did add about 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp nutmeg. Chewy and crunchy at the same time, yum!

Oct 26, 2010

This makes an oatmeal cookie (which is fine) but definitely not shortbread and the reason probably is the baking soda. As far as a cookies goes no problem. Sorry.......

Mar 16, 2010

These were good oatmeal cookies, but a bit over buttery and definitely NOT shortbread like!

Oct 26, 2009

Not terribly shortbready but still very good. The only change I made was to use regular butter. They took about 10 mins to cook. Not bad at all! Thanks, Zaz!

Nov 28, 2005

Mine also came out oily -- especially when eaten the next day. It was not so noticible right out of the oven.


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  • Calories
  • 73 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 43 mg
  • 2%

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

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