When I think about winter, I think about the first snow fall, twinkle lights on trees, winter jackets, hats, scarves, and most importantly I think about cookies. Baking cookies, eating cookies— for me, cookies define the winter season.

When the weather starts to get cold, my father and I head to the kitchen and make these shortbread cookies together. Although shortbread is a classic Scottish dessert dating back to medieval times, its flavor continues to bring joy to people today.

Although an excellent choice when cozying up by a fire on a cold winter's day, shortbread cookies shouldn't just be eaten in the winter. Serve these cookies to both your friends and family, and you're guaranteed to make some people drool. I mean, who doesn't want a buttery and delicious dessert to get you through the winter?

Shortbread Cookies

  • Prep Time:30 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:50 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 1 cup Irish butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
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  • Step 1

    Gather all materials and ingredients. Set oven to 325°F.

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  • Step 2

    Cream Irish butter until the texture is fluffy.

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  • Step 3

    Sift the sugar.

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  • Step 4

    Cream butter and sugar together until sugar is evenly spread throughout the creamed butter.

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  • Step 5

    Sift both all-purpose flour and rice flour together.

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  • Step 6

    Add flour to creamed butter and sugar.

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  • Step 7

    Add vanilla and salt into creamed butter, sugar, and flour.

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  • Step 8

    Blend together until texture resembles crumbly small pebbles.

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  • Step 9

    Knead dough. Then, gently roll out the dough until 1/2 inch thick in between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Avoid handling too much.

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  • Step 10

    Use circular cookie cutter to cut the dough.

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  • Step 11

    Using a fork, poke tiny holes into each cookie. Place cookies on a cookie sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes until golden on top.

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  • Step 12

    Serve and enjoy with friends and family.

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