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Shortbread cookies on red plate.

Grandma's Shortbread


Take a bite into these melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies! Grandma's Shortbread recipe has only four ingredients and no chilling required. An easy recipe for your holiday Christmas baking tray!


1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup butter, softened at room temperature

Sanding sugar or sprinkles


  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cornstarch, powdered sugar and all-purpose flour.
  2. Use a wooden spoon, or clean hands to blend in butter until a soft dough forms.
  3. Divide dough into four equal portions. Shape dough into  1-inch  balls. 
  4. Place rolled balls on cookie sheets, 1 and 1/2 inches apart.  Press down lightly with a floured fork.
  5. Sprinkle with sanding sugar or sprinkles
  6. Bake in 300°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
  7. Transfer to cooling rack. 


Recipe adapted from Canada Cornstarch.

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


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 90
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 46 mg
  • Fat: 5.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.3 mg

Keywords: Shortbread Cookies