Real Deal Irish Shortbread Cookies

Laura Broyles Recipe

By Laura Broyles lbroyles

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I was given this recipe many years ago by a little old Irish woman I know. It far surpasses any other shortbread I have ever eaten, even after a trip to Ireland! Melt in your mouth delicious!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Oh how I loved the buttery taste of this shortbread. These shortbread cookies will be a real treat for a mid afternoon pick me up with a cup of tea.

We used a 10x3 pan and had to bake these treats for about for 25 minutes.


3 c
1 1/2 c
1 1/2 c
confectioners' sugar
2 1/2 c
butter (5 sticks), room temperature (use real thing for true taste!)

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix all ingredients together to form a soft ball.
Roll into small balls and press with down with a fork. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Or the dough may be pressed into a pan and then after baking sliced into bars or triangles.
Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for about 12 min. Shortbread should not brown, but just begin to slightly loose the whiteness.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish

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Apr 28, 2015
I tried this the first time and it smelled so good and turned out so pretty. I cut a warm piece and took a bite and was like ACH! tasted like warm wet chalk. I was so disappointed. I went to bed and left the cookie sheets on the oven to throw away in the morning. Well I got up in the morning and not sure why but popped a nibble in y mouth and it was a completely different story... YUMMY GOODNESS! Not sure why but I am on m y 4th batch and they have to set out overnight. Everyone loves them. Hence the 4th batch. Maybe I'll get to keep these this time LOL PS I do prefer to cook mine a bit longer I like them crispy.
Lesley McCoy Lesleyrm
Apr 18, 2015
It's 1 1/2 CUPS
Maria Sherman Cupotealady
Apr 18, 2015
I have just made this recipe after seeing it here this morning. I have been making shortbread a totally differnt way, which doesn't include corn starch. Your recipe calls for 1/1/2 c. IS this correct or 1 1/2 teasp?
I used 1 1/2 teasp. First batch out of oven. Will let you know how they are when my kettle boils for tea! Thanks.
Lesley McCoy Lesleyrm
Apr 6, 2015
Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! These are so amazing!!! It's the perfect shortbread!!!
Carol Snoke casnoke
Mar 31, 2015
Just made these cookies today.....WoW !!!!! Love them. Not much of a sweet eater but these are perfect...Thank you for the recipe.