Authentic Irish Shortbread Recipe

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As you may know, I am a huge fan of shortbread!  I love all kinds of shortbread cookies and I'm always looking for new recipes, new flavors, and different ways to make it.  This recipe is for Authentic Irish Shortbread and would be a fabulous addition to your St Patrick's Day meal. 

Oh. did I mention it's pretty easy to make, too. 

Authentic Irish Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Makes an 8 inch round, or a thinner 8 x 8 inch pan


½ Cup Butter – no substitutions
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ Cup Cornstarch
¾ Cup Flour
¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Vanilla
Additional sugar or colored sugar for top.


In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar well.  Add the cornstarch and beat until all is combined.

Add the flour, mixing until combined.  Your shortbread will probably have a dry ‘mealy’ texture, and not be perfectly smooth.  Add the salt and vanilla.

Pour the mixture into an 8 inch round or square pan.  Pat out evenly, and pres together to make a smooth surfaced dough. Sprinkle with additional sugar.

Put the pan in the fridge for about 10 minutes.  Then, bake at 325 degrees for about 12 – 15 minutes, until the cookies just start to turn golden around the edges.  Remove from oven, and cut into wedges or squares.

When cool, remove from pan and serve.

These are very crisp, and using real butter makes a big difference in the flavor and texture of the shortbread.

Total time: 35 minutes

Looking for other great Irish recipes for St Patrick's Day?  Check out these other great posts!

About Greta Brinkley

Greta is a newly minted 30 year old, originally from the West Coast. Now living in the Midwest, she loves hockey, sparkles, nail polish, and bright colors. She also cannot resist anything that has peanut butter and chocolate together. And she hates filling out bios. Yep.


  1. My mom used to make a cookie almost like these. I can't wait to try them again. Pam

  2. Shortbread cookies are so good!  Sometimes simple is best

  3. Looks so yummy – LOVE crisp cookies!   What does the cornstarch do for the recipe?  Would it make it easier to use this dough in a shortbread mold?


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