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Classic Shortbread Cookies

It isn’t Christmas without a batch of Classic Shortbread Cookies!

Here’s my family’s tried and true traditional recipe for the most delicious shortbread cookies.

Classic Shortbread Cookies                                                                                                                                                                                                         


For The Cookies:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened (or for a vegan option, use a pant-based butter of your choice)

For The Icing: 

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • Assorted food colours


  1. Sift the flour, cornstarch and icing sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Blend in the butter with a large spoon.
  3. Work with your hands until a soft, smooth dough forms.
  4. Shape into one inch balls and flatten with a lightly floured fork, or roll out the dough into a large thin sheet and cut out shapes using festive cookie cutters.
  5. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  6. Bake at 300F for 20-25 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned. Remove from the sheet and cool completely before storing.
  7. To make the icing, combine the icing sugar, milk, corn syrup, and almond extract in a bowl. Add colours and decorate the cookies however you like!
  8. Let icing dry and enjoy!




Recipe Yields: 36 cookies, depending on size.

PureSense Health Clients: 1 small cookie with icing = 1 starch 

2020-12-24T14:42:49-07:00 Desserts, Latest Articles, Recipes|