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3 Ingredient Old Fashioned Butter Shortbread Cookie Recipe (3,2,1 Ratio)

This classic 3 ingredient old fashioned butter shortbread cookie recipe (3,2,1 Ratio) is made the traditional way by using 3 parts flour, 2 part butter and 1 part icing sugar. There are many variations of butter cookies with far to many ingredients in them. Keep this traditional iconic cookie classic by following our simple recipe and step by step instructions.

4.88 from 31 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies


Butter Shortbread Cookie Recipe In Volume Measurements:

  • 1 cup butter ambient temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

Butter Shortbread Cookie Recipe In Ounces:

  • 8 ounce butter ambient temperature
  • 10 ounce all purpose flour
  • 2 ounce icing sugar

Butter Shortbread Cookie Recipe In Grams:

  • 226 grams butter ambient temperature
  • 240 grams all purpose flour
  • 60 grams icing sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 175°C ( 350°F).
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper or silmat.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a mixing bowl.
  • Add the butter and mix together using a paddle attachment until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you don’t have a stand mixer you can use a hand mixer or food processor.
  • Add the all purpose flour into the butter mixture and mix until dough begins to form.
  • Transfer the cookie dough onto a floured working surface and roll it into a 2 inch log in width.
  • Cover the the shortbread dough with plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is firm.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and cut into 1/2 inch thick round discs.
  • Place cut cookie dough discs onto baking tray separating them anout 1/2 inch apart from each other.
  • Bake fir approximately 15-18 minutes or until the butter cookies are light golden color.
  • Cool butter shortbread cookies onto wire rack for 20 minutes before serving.
  • Store cookies in an air tight container.
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