Twelve days of cookies: Shortbread

Easy Three ingredient shortbread recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comHello December!

This year I’m doing something a little different on the blog – welcome to:

The Twelve Days of Cookies!

From December 1-12th I’ll post a new cookie (or holiday treat) recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining or cookie exchanges!

The recipes I’m sharing are small batch (each recipe makes 1-dozen) that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment (hint, a small loaf tin and electric hand beaters are your friends!) so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim.

First up – what says “holidays” more than shortbread? There are SO many shortbread recipes out there it’s hard to choose but I like this one which uses just three ingredients and comes together in a flash – perfect for kids to prepare too!

Yield: 12

Easy three ingredient shortbread

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Easy three ingredient shortbread recipe - perfect for the holildays or anytime!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 113g (1 stick/ 8 tablespoons) salted butter, room temperature
  • 50g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 150g (1 cup) all purpose flour
  • approx 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Pre-heat oven to 300˚F.
  2. Prepare an 8-inch loaf tin by lining it with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on each side so the shortbread is easy to remove.
  3. Beat the butter on high speed until it's light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the 1/4 cup of sugar and continue to beat on high speed until the mixture is creamy and pale.
  5. Add the flour a little at a time and beat on low speed until just combined.
  6. Press the mixture into the lined loaf tin, making sure it's evenly distributed in the tin.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining sugar evenly on top of the dough.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Allow the shortbread to cool in the tin for a few minutes before removing (using the overhanging parchment paper) and placing on a wire rack to cook completely.
  10. Use a sharp knife to cut the shortbread into 12 pieces. Store in an airtight container.

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Note that since there are SO few ingredients, you’ll want to use the best quality butter you can – French-style (higher fat content) if you can find it.

Three ingredient shortbread recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comHappy Baking!

Check out the rest of the:

The Twelve Days of Cookies

Day 1: Easy Three Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Jam Drops

Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice

Day 4: Melting Moments

Day 5: White Christmas

Day 6: Langues de Chat

Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice

Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits

Day 9: Rocky Road

Day 10: Honey Joys

Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles

Day 12: Giant Florentine Cookie (to share)


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