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Shortbread Cookies

This recipe was from my Mom's friend Esther Moore. Her and her husband John were our pastor couple when I was growing up in Victoria. He was a musician as well and afew of his songs are published in church Hymnals. One of my favorites of his is Burdens are Lifted at Calvary.
These cookies are easy, and they melt in your mouth.
1 cup softened butter
4 tbsp white sugar
2 1/2 -3 cups flour
Whip together butter and sugar. Add 2 cups of flour and continue to add flour until dough comes together in a soft ball. It will be soft but manageable to roll out on a floured counter. Roll out to 1/4 " thick and cut with cookie cutters. Leave plain or decorate with colored sugar sprinkles.
Bake @ 325 for 12 minutes. Let rest on pan for one minute and remove to a cooling rack.


  1. Is it pastry flour your best bet for these? Thanks! I love you ladies! :)

  2. Nice, simple and yet so classic. I have a similar recipe and I love it because I always have the ingredients on hand.

  3. I may need to get the jar of cookie cutters out! Sounds yummy!

  4. I love this easy, quick and oh so yummy cookie recipe....they look wonderful!

  5. Kathy...these look so good, I feel like making a cup of tea and sitting down with a plate of those cookies beside me. Yum. And by the way...I love that song....

  6. In response to seemommysew...I just use regular flour but I'm sure pastry flour would work well.

  7. These look yummy!
    Would this recipe work in a cookie mold?

    1. I have never tried this recipe in a cookie mold...sorry I can't help you.

  8. Ellen, I have never tried these in a cookie mold. Give it a whirl! You might have great success. Let us know.

  9. Hi - I just wanted to say that I think your website is lovely. The recipes look so clear and easy to follow, I will definitely be giving them a try, especially these cookies. It is so wonderful to read recipes that have so few ingredients, and all good things in them rather than a list of complicated and artificial ones.

    Very warmest wishes from Northern Ireland


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