Classic Brown Sugar Shortbread

September 25, 2019

Hello foodies and bakers,


What is shortbread? Simply, a sugar cookie without a chemical leavener (baking powder/soda). It is made of the simplest ingredients found in your pantry. Not only can you make cut out shortbread cookies, you can roll the dough like a log, chill it, and cut it. Making it a great cookie you can prep ahead and a beginner cookie! 


Why is it called 'short?' In the baking world, anything that is 'short' means it has short gluten strands, thus it will not be elastic, like a french baguette. In this case, fat shortens the gluten strands in the all purpose flour, making 'em super crumbly and delicious. Any short baked good will have a decent amount of fat in the recipe.


This is a basic shortbread recipe made with brown sugar to add a hint of molasses to it (fact: brown sugar is white sugar with molasses). A perfect treat for your cup of coffee!



Brown Sugar Shortbread

Yields: 40 small 1- inch rounds

Oven: 350 F

Time: 16 minutes 



  • 1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cubed in small dices

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 2 ¼ cup flour, sifted 

  • ½ tsp salt

  • White sugar (optional)

Equipment needed:

  • Standing kitchen mixer, with a paddle attachment

  • Sifter

  • Spatula

  • Parchment lined cookie sheets 

  • Measuring cups / spoons 

  • Plastic wrap

  • Chef's knife 



  • Mix all ingredients, in standing kitchen mixer, with paddle attachment until blended, 1 min, on low speed.

  • Stir thoroughly, using a spatula, to ensure the cookie dough is uniform and mixed completely.

  • Divide dough in half and roll into 1 ½ inch thick logs. 

  • Wrap in plastic wrap  and chill for 2 hrs in the refrigerator. 

  • Slice into ¾ inch - 1 inch slice. Dip each slice in white sugar and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.

  • Bake, rotate half way during baking time.

  • Eat and enjoy 


Happy baking!

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