Shortbread Cookies

Happy Valentines Day Folks!

I’ve said before that we don’t really do the whole v-day thing at home. At least we don’t make a big deal of it. But if I ever feel like doing something special for J, it will more often than not have to do with baking these cookies for him. I think my love language is food.

Pack them up in mason jars for a great gift idea!

They are delicious just as a simple shortbread. But for J, they need to be topped with either a triangle of Toblerone, or some other good chocolate. For these, I went with a square of sea salt dark chocolate from Lindt and they were perfect!

Adding a square of sea salt chocolate really helped balance out the sweetness of the cookie.

I actually made a big batch of these as my Christmas present for my co-workers last year. I just put them in pretty mason jars and gave them a handwritten recipe as part of the gift! (just make sure the cookies are small enough to fit in the mason jars when you are rolling them out) Everyone loved it!

Cat wondering what all the fuss is about while I’m having a cookie photo shoot in front of the window.

Here is a step by step video of the simple version I made for valentines day:

Simple Shortbread Cookies

This is a basic shortbread recipe that is always a winner. Also, add a square of your fav chocolate on top and it takes it to the next level.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dessert, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • chocolate bar of choice (try toblerone or any good quality chocolate bar)
  • water, if needed


  • In a large bowl with a mixer (or use a hand mixer) mix all the ingredients, except the chocolate till smooth. About 5 mins. The dough will be a bit soft but still come together. If it is looking a bit dry add 1-2 tbsp of water and mix till it comes together. 
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (You can even freeze this dough for upto 3 months. When you are ready for cookies, just defrost and bake).
  • When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 375*F.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter or a small cup to cut cookie shapes. 
  • Bake for 8-10 mins till the edges just start to turn golden (the tops will remain white). 
  • Wait for the cookies to cool completely before handling them otherwise they will fall apart!


Quickly bring cold butter to room temperature by boiling a cup of water in the microwave for 2 mins. Then remove the cup of water and place the butter in the warm microwave and close the door (don’t turn it on). It should soften in the warmth of the microwave in a few minutes.

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