Melt – In – Your – Mouth Shortbread

These are the shortbread cookies my mom has made for Christmas every year since I was a child. They literally melt in your mouth. You will LOVE them!

These shortbread cookies are crazy soft. When I say they melt in your mouth, I mean it. No chewing required. They’re the most tender shortbread cookies you will ever eat. I just passed one to my handsome man and his response was, “Damn, woman. I don’t know what just happened in my mouth, but I want more of it.”

This shortbread cookie recipe has only 4 ingredients, is made in one bowl, and is the best shortbread you will ever eat. Are you sold? You should be!


  1. This recipe works best if you beat the dough with electric beaters. If you have a stand mixer, set it aside for this recipe. (And a big thank you to my sister for helping me recipe test this with her Kitchen Aid!)
  2. Make sure the cookie dough is cold before you put it in the oven. If your house is quite warm, put the cookie dough in the fridge to chill it before you bake the cookies.
  3. Don’t skimp on the 10 minutes it takes to beat the dough. My whole family has made this recipe more times than we can count and it works best if you set a timer and see it through the full 10 minutes.
  4. Use salted butter. This has nothing to do with making the softest shortbread cookies, but it will make the tastiest ones.

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