Grandma's Shortbread Grandma's Shortbread

Grandma's Shortbread - 150 Image by: Grandma's Shortbread - 150 Author: Canadian Living

These melt-in-your-mouth classics are always looked for on the Christmas cookie tray. Some Grandmas top each one with a halved glacé red cherry, or change the vanilla to almond extract and/or stir in 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped slivered almonds.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2009



In bowl and using wooden spoon, cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light; stir in cornstarch until smooth. Stir in flour just until combined. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.

Roll by scant 1 tbsp (15 mL) into balls; place, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Dip fork in more flour; lightly press into cookies and drag across to make decorative indent.

Bake cookies in 300°F (150°C) oven until bottoms are golden brown, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Store layered between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.) Let cookies cool on pan on rack.

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 25 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 107.0
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Potassium 8 mg
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 9 g


  • Iron 2.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Vitamin A 7.0
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