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real deal irish shortbread cookies

(13 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Laura Broyles
Canton, MI

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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Oh, how we loved the buttery taste of this Irish shortbread. It's different than most shortbread we've made. The shortbread is very delicate, crumbly, and full of butter flavor. But, it's not overly sweet. Perfect for someone that doesn't like a sweet dessert. If you do like things a little sweeter, though, it wouldn't hurt to add another 1/2 cup of sugar to the dough. It's a sticky dough and very hard to spread. We suggest spraying your hands with cooking spray and spread into a parchment paper-lined pan. This Irish recipe will be a real treat for a mid-afternoon pick me up with a cup of tea.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(13 ratings)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For real deal irish shortbread cookies

  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
    corn starch
  • 1 1/2 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/2 c
    salted butter (5 sticks), room temperature (use real thing for true taste!)

How To Make real deal irish shortbread cookies

  • Butter creamed in a bowl.
    Cream the butter until smooth.
  • Remaining ingredients stirred into the butter.
    Add the corn starch, flour, and confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, until well mixed.
  • Scooping batter onto a cookie sheet.
    Scoop dough out onto a cookie sheet either ungreased or lined with parchment paper.
  • Dough smoothed out.
    Smooth dough out onto a cookie sheet.
  • Shortbread baking in the oven.
    Bake in preheated 325-degree oven for about 30 minutes. Shortbread should not brown, but just begin to slightly lose the whiteness.
  • Shortbread cooling.
    Cool to room temp.
  • Cutting the shortbread into triangles.
    Slice into bars or triangles.