Panera Bread Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Pat Duran Recipe

By Pat Duran kitchenchatter

makes about 3 dozen -depends on how big you cut them.
20 Min
20 Min

This is a copycat recipe of delicious buttery cookies that taste just like Panera's.These cookie will melt in your mouth and are very addicting, so good, you won't be able to eat just one- I have been known to horde these.

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1 c
real butter, room temperature
2 c
cake flour
3/4 c
powdered sugar
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine all ingredients; use hands to knead until ingredients are blended. Press dough into parchment paper covered 9x13 inch pan to about 1/4 inch thickness.(you may want to grease the pan slightly so the parchment paper does not slide around as you press the dough to 1/4 inch thickness) .
Before baking mark rectangle cookie lines with knife to make them look more authentic Panera shortbread cookie look .
Bake at 325^ for about 20 minutes check after 15 minutes, or until light and not browned. Don't over bake. Cut into cookie squares when cool.
Martha Martin suggests you roll out the dough and use cookie cutters of holiday shapes to make your cookies..Great idea Martha!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Restaurant Inspired
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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Kimmi Knippel (Sweet_Memories) KimmiK
Feb 17, 2012
Ooooooooooooohhh! I absolutely love those! Thanks!
c g coffeecup
Feb 20, 2012
these are easy and tender and oh so good. it would be nice for a beginner baker. i will be making these quite often
Kelly Steeples reereeme
Mar 14, 2013
I just made these and my sister and nephews loved them!!!!!!!!
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Mar 15, 2013
Thank you Kimmi and cg glad you liked the recipe.
Kit thank you my dear for sharing with your groups.
And Kelly- I am so glad you and your family enjoyed this recipe. I hope you make it again...
angela rountree arountree
Mar 31, 2013
What is the trick to spreading out the dough? It was sticking everywhere.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Mar 31, 2013
Angela, perhaps you did not knead it enough. I use floured fingers to spread out the dough..Give that a try. Sorry you have a problem with the dough.
Dan Blauser resualb
May 6, 2013
If i dont have cake flour can i sift ap flour to make it finer? Im asuming thats why the cake flour is being usd
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
May 8, 2013
Dan just measure out 2 cups of all purpose flour the remover 2 Tablespoons of flour for each cup of flour -in this case it would be remove 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) of ap flour and you will have cake flour.

1 c- ap flour minus 2 Tablespoons = 1 cup cake flour out--hope this helps you.
KathyAnn Purdy tink614
May 24, 2013
Hi Pat, do you use salted, or unsalted butter? Thank you
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
May 24, 2013
KathyAnn, use regular butter as there is no other salt in the recipe.
Vickie Benwood vickie_2013
Jun 2, 2013
I love Panera's shortbread cookies. This recipe is a good copy cat and I followed it with these exceptions: I made my own cake flour by sifting 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour and 1/4 cup of corn starch. I used unsalted butter and a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour before kneading. I had no parchment paper, but lightly buttered foil and the cookies turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Jun 2, 2013
Vickie thank you for your family test and approval of this recipe. Hugs, Any left for a photo?
kendra noble newbornnurse
Jul 26, 2013
This recipe was stunning! Very close to the Panera cookies. I did not have cake flour and substitued with all purpose. I sifted both my flour and powdered sugar to create a similar consitency before combining and kneading the ingredients. Making sure your dough is even is very important. Also take your time kneading the dough, if you cook it too soon the cookies will not turn out with the right consistency. I will definitely use this recipe again!