10 Classic Shortbread Cookies to Bake This Season

10 Classic Shortbread Cookies to Bake This Season

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Kelli Foster
Dec 14, 2017
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Shortbread cookies are a timeless classic that forever have a place on my cookie tray. Intensely buttery and subtly sweet, shortbread has an elegant simplicity that makes it feel special enough to give as a gift.

There are so many different things you can do with a basic shortbread dough. From chocolatey twists to a variety of bar cookies, here are 10 shortbread cookie recipes to bake right now.

1. Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

A handful of fresh chopped rosemary gives basic shortbread a wintery flair and a savory twist that is absolutely delicious.

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2. How To Make Shortbread Cookies

Crisp and snappy shortbread cookies are super simple yet classic and totally refined at the same time. This version comes together in a snap with the help of a food processor.

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3. Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies were made for the chocolate-lover in your life. If you're worried the cookies will be too sweet, don't — I can assure you the balance is just right.

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4. Cranberry Curd Bars with Walnut Shortbread Crust

Sturdy shortbread makes the most wonderful base for bar cookies. This version is topped with a stunning tart cranberry curd.

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5. Chocolate Truffle Shortbread Bars

If you really want to make shortbread an over-the-top treat, spread the dough over your trusty 9x13-inch pan, then top it off with a thick layer of chocolate truffle.

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6. Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread

If chocolate chip cookies speak to your soul, you need these shortbread bars in your life.

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7. Foraged Evergreen Shortbread Cookies

These cookies capture the smell and taste of the holiday season almost perfectly, with the aroma of fir and citrus. While Emily calls for fresh conifer needles in the recipe, you can easily swap in rosemary.

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8. Irish Shortbread Toffee Bars

It's no wonder these thick, sweet bars are also called "millionaire bars." Buttery Irish shortbread gets dressed with a layer of caramel toffee before it's gilded with dark chocolate and a pinch of sea salt.

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9. Hazelnut & Olive Oil Shortbread

Nut-lovers will really enjoy this sweet and savory twist. These cookies come with the rich, crisp bite that makes shortbread so classic, but they use olive oil in place of butter and mix in ground hazelnuts.

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10. Heavenly Lemon Bars with Almond Shortbread Crust

When in doubt, lemon bars are always the answer. These sweet and tart lemon bars are baked with a buttery shortbread crust as the base.

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