During the holiday season, there are many family gatherings, and you often feel obligated to bring some sort of complicated dish to share. However, there is a little-known secret that you can fool everyone by whipping up this age-old recipe: Shortbread Butter Bars. With only four ingredients, you can whip this up in only 40 minutes and cause your family to believe that you spent all day baking.

Shortbread Butter Bars

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Servings:8-10
  • Easy


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
Photo by Olivia Paulson
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.

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  • Step 2

    Place butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 1-2 minutes.

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  • Step 3

    Pour the melted butter into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

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  • Step 4

    Press into the bottom of your baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until outside is golden and the inside is still soft.


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  • Step 5

    Cut into squares and enjoy.

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