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melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread Cookies

My Grandma had some very special recipes that she reserved for special occasions. This one was one of her favorites. They are sweet little bites that indeed seem to melt so smoothly and deliciously in your mouth. Are these a cookie or a candy?
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
cooling time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, scottish
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 64 kcal


  • 2 cups butter
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until very creamy.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and flour.
  • Add about a third of the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and beat well. Add about half the remaining mixture and beat again.
  • Finally, add the remaining flour mixture and beat until the texture resembles whipped cream. This takes about 2 minutes.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until the bottoms begin to turn a very light brown. The tops and sides will remain white. Do not overbake.
  • Cool on the cookie sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


Note: These cookies are quite delicate. They may be stored for up to three days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. To make ahead, they can be frozen for a month.


Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 17mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 26IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cookie, shortbread
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