Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies
Brown Sugar Shortbread. Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
Ratings (21)
  • Total: 28 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 48 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
66 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 66
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Who doesn't love buttery, crispy shortbread? Brown sugar shortbread is my favorite flavor, and it is one of the easiest cookies to make and bake. 

These simple brown sugar shortbread cookies are delicious with or without decoration. Add a little vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar to the tops just before baking or dip them in some melted chocolate or white chocolate after they've cooled. 

You might also like this classic butter shortbread or the rich chocolate version.


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 cups flour (9 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar (or vanilla sugar)

Steps to Make It

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or leave them ungreased.

  2. Heat the oven to 325 F. 

  3. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the flour, cornstarch, and salt; beat on low speed just until the dough comes together but still crumbles.

  4. Dump the dough mixture onto a floured surface and knead about 6 to 8 to make a smooth dough. Lightly roll the dough to between 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch thickness. 

  5. Cut the dough into rectangles or strips with a cookie cutter or knife. Arrange on the parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between cookies.

  6. Using a fork, pierce each cookie 2 or 4 times.  

  7. If desired, sprinkle with vanilla sugar or a mixture of granulated sugar and cinnamon (a mixture of about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar).

  8. Bake the shortbread for about 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.

  9. Carefully remove the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

Makes about 3 to 4 dozen, depending on size.

Store the shortbread in a tightly covered container at room temperature.