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Brown Sugar Shortbread

This Brown Sugar Shortbread cookie recipe is an easy three-ingredient holiday treat. Made with wholegrain flour and dipped in chocolate, these cookies are simple and elegant. 
Course cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword brown sugar shortbread, shortbread cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 82kcal


  • 1/2 lb room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour all purpose or white whole wheat


  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • With a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, mix brown sugar and butter together until well blended, and slightly fluffy. 
  • Mix in the flour, careful not to make a terrible mess with the mixer. 
  • Turn the dough out onto a clean counter top, and bring it together into a disc with your hands. 
  • On a slightly floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut into shapes, and transfer carefully to prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space between cookies. 
  • The dough can be re-rolled and cut out again as needed.
  • Place the cookies into oven and bake for 10 - 12 min. Cookies are done when they are very lightly golden brown. 
  • Transfer the cookies to cool on a wire rack. Dip into melted chocolate if desired!


  • Nutrition values are an estimate only, and will vary depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.
  • Yield will vary depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.
  • Can I make the dough in advance? Yup! Make it, wrap it up in plastic wrap, and chill it in the fridge for a few days. Or keep it in the freezer well-wrapped for up to three months. Be sure to let it come to room temperature before you try to roll it out. 
  • Can I make the cookies in advance? You bet! They'll last about a week in an air-tight container at room temperature, or you can keep them in the freezer for about three months. 


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg