Easter Shortbread Cookies

Easter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your Easter-themed desserts. If you have a sweet tooth and love to bake, then you’ll definitely want to add Easter shortbread cookies to your list. These delicious cookies are easy to make and can be rolled and cut into cute Easter shapes using cookie cutters.

These are a favorite easy cookie that we enjoy making, like my Lofthouse cookies, and lemon ricotta cookies. They’re delicious along with my Italian ricotta cookies!

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This recipe is adapted from my Grandma’s Shortbread cookies.

This is one of the easiest shortbread recipes that you will ever make. It takes only a few minutes to mix the dough and whether you roll them into balls and flatten with a fork, or roll the dough out and cut them into shapes, this recipe can take only 30 minutes from start to finish….including the dishes!

These soft, tender melt-in-your-mouth Easter shortbread cookies are so easy to make! No rolling or chilling the dough. Add your favourite sprinkles and you’ve got yourself a lovely Easter treat!

Close up image of Easter shortbread cookies.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy to Make: This Easter shortbread cookies recipe is simple and straightforward, making it perfect for novice bakers or those short on time.
  • Festive and Fun: Whether you roll them in a ball and flatten with a fork, or roll and cut into cute Easter shapes and decorate with pastel colors, these cookies are perfect for adding some festive fun to your Easter celebrations.
  • Delicious: Made with high-quality ingredients, these cookies are buttery and crumbly, with just the right amount of sweetness. They’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Versatile: Not only are these Easter shortbread cookies perfect for adding to Easter baskets, but they also make great gifts for friends and family or as a sweet snack for any occasion such as a baby shower or wedding shower. We’ve even made halloween shortbread!


This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can easily find in the grocery store.

Labelled ingredients for Easter shortbread cookies.
  • All purpose flour – use the scoop and level method to measure the all-purpose flour.
  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter – Sould be at room temperature but not too soft. Do not soften the butter in the microwave! The cookies will spread. Take the butter out of the refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes before you start the recipe. you can use salted or unsalted butter. Traditionally, shortbread is made with unsalted butter.
  • Sprinkles – use your favorite colored sprinkles or sanding sugar.

How to make Easter Shortbread – Step by step instructions

This has become one of my go-to holiday cookie recipes that I make and change up the color of the sprinkles and decorating.

Start by preheating the oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Dry ingredient in mixing bowl with pink whisk.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, cornstarch and powdered sugar. Set aside.

Cookie dough in bowl with cup of sprinkles on the side.

Add in the butter, mixing by hand until a soft dough forms.

Unbaked Easter shortbread cookies, ready to go into the oven on a baking sheet.

Roll into one-inch balls and place on prepared baking trays.
Press down lightly on each cookie with a floured fork.
Add sprinkles or sanding sugar on top of each cookie.

Bake in 300°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The edges will be very lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for one minute, the transfer to wire cooling rack.

Can I roll the dough out and cut it into shapes?

Yes! Simply roll out the dough on a lightly-floured surface, then cut into shapes and transfer to baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Depending on how large the shape is, cookies may takes less time. Remove cookies once the edges are lightly browned.

Close up image of Easter shortbread cookies with sprinkles.


Traditionally, this shortbread does not have vanilla extract. You can add up to 1 teaspoon or vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract for flavoring these cookies.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this Easter shortbread cookies recipe ahead of time. Once the cookies are cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Can I roll these shortbread cookies and cut into shapes?

Yes. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes, then bake in 300°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

storage & freezing instructions

Store cooled shortbread in airtight container for up to four weeks. 

Shortbread may be frozen between layers or parchment paper in a freezer safe container. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Easter shortbread cookies on a white plate.

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Easter Shortbread Cookies

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies


1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup butter

Sanding sugar in pastel Easter colors


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Sift together all-purpose flour, cornstarch and powdered sugar. If you don’t have a sifter, place the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and give it a really good whisk or mix with wooden spoon.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, or with clean hands, blend in the butter until a soft dough forms. Do not overwork the dough. As soon as the dough forms, shape it into a ball. 
  4. Shape dough into one inch balls and place a few inches apart on baking sheet. They will spread a little as you flatten them with a fork.
  5. Press down lightly on each cookie with a floured fork. Sprinkle with sanding sugar or sprinkles. I have really been enjoying Ann Clark’s sanding sugar. It is very light and has a beautiful sparkle.
  6. Bake in 300°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. I took my cookies out in 17 minutes and let them sit on the cookie sheet for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and that was perfect.


Storage Instructions: Store shortbread in an airtight container for 7 to 10 days. Using parchment paper to separate the shortbread cookies layers is a good thing to do for easy serving.

Freezing Instructions: Cooled shortbread cookies may be frozen between layers or parchment paper in a freezer-safe container for 2 to 3 months. 

  • Prep Time: 10 mInutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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