Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Christmas isn’t here yet, but I’m already craving cookies like crazy.  This morning I was looking through different cookie recipes I’ve posted in the past and I ran across this recipe for Brown Sugar Shortbread that was hidden in a post about Lemon Shortbread from a few years back.  Since these cookies are so delicious, I decided it was time to give them their own space to shine.  Keep in mind that a batch of shortbread packaged in a cute box or tin makes a wonderful gift!

Brown Sugar Shortbread

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. By hand, stir in flour a little at a time. Dough will be crumbly, so dump it out onto a counter top or pastry board and work it together by hand until smooth. Pat or roll dough out into a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into small squares, rectangles or diamonds (whichever you prefer). Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet (I use parchment paper for easy cleanup) and bake 20-25 minutes in a preheated 325 degree oven until the bottom edges are just starting to brown.

Recipe notes: This recipe assumes you are using regular salted butter.  If you choose to use unsalted butter, whisk 1/2 teaspoon salt (or slightly more if using kosher salt) into the flour before mixing the dough.

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  1. Lynne Knowlton

    Those look seriously DELISH !!! I can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing the recipe *my mouth is watering*. xx

    5:31 pm  Dec 13th, 2012
  2. Katarina

    These are so beautiful and would be great as a gift! Have a great day!

    7:21 pm  Dec 13th, 2012
  3. lapiubelladitutte

    They really lookd delicious!!! I could eat them all!

    8:50 am  Dec 14th, 2012
  4. Marissa

    Bookmarked! These look fabulous…

    10:32 am  Dec 14th, 2012
  5. AlyB

    Approx. how many cookies will this yield?

    11:10 am  Dec 14th, 2012
  6. Eileen

    These look so good! I don’t think I’ve ever made a shortbread with brown sugar–super excited to try it out!

    12:34 pm  Dec 14th, 2012
  7. DT

    I just made these. They are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.

    6:19 pm  Dec 14th, 2012
  8. Dustin

    Lately I’ve eaten an awful lot of shortbread with apple butter, and I have an unholy love of brown sugar, so I think that you’ve just introduced me to an even better combination. I can’t wait!

    8:35 pm  Dec 14th, 2012
  9. Patrick

    big fan of simple recipies with few ingredients. I think this qualifies 🙂

    1:59 pm  Dec 15th, 2012
  10. Rachel @ Bakerita

    These looks delicious, and so easy! Can’t wait to try them.

    11:54 am  Dec 17th, 2012
  11. TheBelchingBachelor

    I saw a recipe a few weeks ago for shortbread made with apple butter. Now, I can’t find it anywhere! Any idea what I’m talking about?

    6:47 pm  Dec 18th, 2012
  12. Jeanette

    I just made these and they are very good. I made them in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer so was super easy. I think I now prefer shortbread with brown sugar rather than icing sugar.

    Thanks for a great recipe that is also easy.

    1:08 am  Dec 24th, 2012
  13. Sharmila

    Three ingredients and one of them is brown sugar? Love it! These look fabulous. Happy holidays, Nicole!

    8:06 pm  Dec 24th, 2012
  14. Paula Saardchit

    These look absolutely mouth-watering. I’ll bet they smell so good when they’re baking. I’m going to try them in the morning. Thank you for the recipe and have a Happy New Year!

    11:35 pm  Dec 28th, 2012
  15. Santoku

    Totally awesome. Butter and sugar…two of the main food groups! I plan to try these soon.

    5:55 pm  Jan 22nd, 2013
  16. DK

    OMG! Can this get any simpler? I was searching for a sweet treat to give my little one and this one came up. Will make some changes and get back with the results. Thanks for this.

    8:05 pm  Jan 25th, 2013
  17. Oceanside Chiropractor

    I want to make this more kid friendly. Can i add a little vanilla essence to take the harshness off the brown sugar?

    1:59 am  Feb 4th, 2013
  18. CaptainShiner

    Cracking recipe! I made these for christmas, and they vanished within minutes. Thanks for sharing!

    6:56 pm  Feb 5th, 2013
  19. laura

    looks fun text for free at

    1:20 pm  Feb 6th, 2013
  20. matt

    I really love this recipe. just looking at the picture make you wanna eat them. I’m not a person who makes foods from scratch but I will certainly give this one a try.

    1:46 pm  Mar 22nd, 2013
  21. Suja Md

    Bread without the refined sugar! always the best choice if we consider our wellness..!
    My vote is for brown sugar!

    5:38 pm  Mar 23rd, 2013
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