No-Fail Easter Shortbread Cookies

Do you have that one go-to cookie recipe that you know will never fail?

No-Fail Easter Shortbread Cookies

I can always depend on my no-fail 4-ingredient shortbread cookie recipe.  Not only do these cookies melt in your mouth, but they are a breeze to make.  You may want to double the recipe for my No-Fail Easter Shortbread Cookies because they disappear very quickly.

Sometimes I frost them and sometimes I just sprinkle them with pastel colored sugar crystals. Here’s an easy recipe for icing.

Easter Shortbread Cookies

Over the years, I’ve acquired a nice collection of cookie cutters, but that didn’t keep me from having many epic fails when it comes to cutout cookies.  See one of my epic cookie fails here! I finally realized that I was rolling the dough way too thin and/or not working with thoroughly chilled dough.  Live and learn.

I always use unsalted butter for all of my baking. I’ve found that the store brands work just as good as the expensive butter when it comes to baking.

I love, love, love how my shortbread cookies turned out. I finally made a cutout cookie that I’m actually proud of. Does that mean I can eat more than one? Yes it does!

Easter Shortbread

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Easter Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • White sparkling sugar or spring-inspired colored sprinkles
  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Gradually add brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  3. Add flour, a little at a time, beating at low speed until smooth.
  4. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375º.
  6. Roll dough into ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Cut with a 2" cookie cutter.
  8. Place 1 inch apart onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. Sprinkle evenly with sparkling sugar.
  10. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden.
  11. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Do you have a favorite Easter-inspired cookie?

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  1. These are adorable!! I love your decorations, they would look so cute in an Easter basket or on a dessert table.
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  2. I love to bake and these would make great additions to my Easter table and to share with friends

  3. I have had a few sugar cookie fails for the same reasons you mentioned. In part because I was substituting spread for butter – not good! But once I kicked that spread out the window and started using real butter (store brand or not) my cookies have been much better. And I am actually starting to like the refrigerating method. Your cookies look good and so Eastery. I have tried your recipe in the past and loved them. Shortbread is one of my family’s favorite!
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  4. Oh I love shortbread cookies. I use to do a great job at decorating. I’m doing my first Easter Tablescape as a mom, so maybe I will try my hand at these cookies.

  5. Those cookies look delicious AND adorable. These are going to make the perfect Easter treats for us this year.
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  6. These are so cute. I haven’t made a shortbread cookie in ages, but I’m bookmarking your recipe. The brown sugar surprised me, yet I bet it adds a deeper flavor. Looking forward to these. I’ll let you know how they come out! Thanks!

  7. I love shortbread cookies! I am getting so excited to start baking for Easter! I think I might have to make some bunny cookies!

  8. Thanks for the great recipe. And just in time for spring holidays. I just saw my first swallow tail kite.

  9. Those Easter Shortbread Cookies look so yummy (the egg shaped one is too cute to be true!) I’ll definitely have to ship some of these up before Easter <3
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  10. Shortbread cookies are my favourite! I just dug out our easter cookie cutters too. The bunnies are adorable!

  11. These are so fun. I’d love to make some Easter cookies this year. These will be super easy.
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  12. I don’t have a go to cookie recipe. I think I will try these shortbread cookies as they are so cute!
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  13. There is so much creativity in this post. I love the way our table looks for Easter – definitely fun to the decor for this one!
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  14. I love shortbread cookies! I’ll have to give this recipe a go.

  15. I’m so not ready for Easter yet, but I do have a chocolate chip cookie go to recipe. It’s nice to have some you know by heart.
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  16. OMG I love, love, love shortbread cookies and it’s been ages since the last time I had them so I will be trying your recipe soon 😀 Thank you for this!

  17. I am having a little easter party this year and I am SO making these cookies – super cute idea !! Great recipe as always 🙂

  18. Those look so festive and cute! I know I’d be eating one!

  19. They look adorable. Love them! Will be looking forward to the new recipes☺

  20. I love baking cookies, but can never get these kind quite right. I can’t wait to try your recipe!
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  21. This looks super fun for Easter. I am loving the Easter cookies!

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