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Round plate full of shortbread cookies. The cookies are topped with red, white and green sprinkles.

4 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth classic shortbread cookies are made with 4 simple ingredients!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword Cornstarch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 17 cookies
Calories 137kcal


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • sprinkles of your choice optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 °F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, sift together cornstarch and confectioners sugar. Whisk in the flour until well combined.
  • Using a two forks or rubber spatula, mix in the butter until a soft dough is formed.
  • Using a 1 Tbsp scoop, measure out dough into balls. Roll between hands to create smooth, round balls. Place on a baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  • Lightly flatten with the palm of your hand. Using the tines of a fork, gently press the cookies down further.
  • Add sprinkles to the tops of each cookie.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the edges are just barely starting to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cook on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cook completely.


  • These cookies freeze incredibly well. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight bag in the freeze for up to 3-months


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg