No-Fail Easter Shortbread Cookies

by Alli

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

Easter Shortbread Cookies

Easter Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 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 1/4 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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Esther | The Cuteness March 9, 2016 - 7:42 am

These are adorable!! I love your decorations, they would look so cute in an Easter basket or on a dessert table.

Denise March 9, 2016 - 8:05 am

I love to bake and these would make great additions to my Easter table and to share with friends

Zan March 9, 2016 - 8:35 am

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!

Kita March 9, 2016 - 9:28 am

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.

Paula Schuck March 9, 2016 - 10:20 am

Those cookies look delicious AND adorable. These are going to make the perfect Easter treats for us this year.

Andi March 9, 2016 - 11:31 am

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!

Travel Blogger March 9, 2016 - 12:53 pm

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

Jason Nail March 9, 2016 - 2:47 pm

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

Angelic Sinova March 9, 2016 - 3:21 pm

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

Heather lawrence March 9, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Shortbread cookies are my favourite! I just dug out our easter cookie cutters too. The bunnies are adorable!

Liz Mays March 9, 2016 - 3:52 pm

These are so fun. I’d love to make some Easter cookies this year. These will be super easy.

Michelle March 9, 2016 - 5:14 pm

I don’t have a go to cookie recipe. I think I will try these shortbread cookies as they are so cute!

Jaime Nicole March 9, 2016 - 5:16 pm

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!

Alicia Snow March 9, 2016 - 6:10 pm

I love shortbread cookies! I’ll have to give this recipe a go.

Heather March 9, 2016 - 11:35 pm

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.

Maureen March 10, 2016 - 2:05 am

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!

Jess March 10, 2016 - 6:38 am

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

Stacey March 10, 2016 - 2:45 pm

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

Noorulain ali March 10, 2016 - 4:54 pm

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

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy March 11, 2016 - 12:52 am

I love baking cookies, but can never get these kind quite right. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

Kiwi March 14, 2016 - 3:15 am

This looks super fun for Easter. I am loving the Easter cookies!

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