Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Delicious Shortbread Cookie Recipe for a kid's party. Shape them and ice them to fit the theme of your party

This shortbread cookie recipe is one of my top cookie mixes. 

It is not the luxury traditional shortbread but the flavor is fantastic and the just melt in your mouth. Plus being an easy recipe, it is a great one for the kids to help you with.

Basically, it is quick and easy to make, tastes delicious and you can use it for any shape and size cookie so it works well with any kids party theme.

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes plus extra for decorating
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes about 12

Equipment: Mixing bowl, Wooden spoon, Baking sheet lined with parchment paper, Rolling pin, Cookie cutter, Cooling tray, sieve

  1. 1 cup plain flour
  2. 1/4 cup caster sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter
  4. 1 small orange - grated rind and 1 tablespoon juice
  5. Flour for rolling and dusting
  6. Frosting, icing sugar or other decorating foods


  1. Set the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. 
  2. Place flour and sugar in a large bowl. 
  3. Cut butter into small pieces and rub into the flour mixture until it resembles bread crumbs. 
  4. Stir in the orange rind and juice, then mold the mixture into a ball with your hands.
  5. If the cookie ball feels a bit sticky, wrap it in cling film and pop it in the fridge for 20 mins.
  6. On a floured surface, knead the dough lightly then roll out until 5mm thick.
  7. Using a cookie cutter cut out shapes and place on the baking sheet. 
  8. Cook for 10 minutes until pale golden brown. Carefully loosen with a palette knife and leave to cool. 
  9. When cool decorate with frosting, or dust with a little icing sugar or whatever you choose to decorate with.

Here is a second Shortbread cookie recipe sent in from one of our visitors.

This is a great recipe for a party. It has a really good buttery flavor and the kids will love them. I make a double batch for Christmas parties and everyone really likes them.

5/8 cup granulated sugar 
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) 
2 cups all-purpose flour 

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) 
3/4 cup powdered sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
food coloring 

1 Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. 
2 Add flour and mix to combine well.
3 Cover and chill until firm enough to roll out.
4 Roll out on a lightly floured cutting board and cut out using lightly floured cookie cutters.
5 Bake at 350°F on baking sheets until pale golden in color, about 10 minutes. 
6 Remove to racks to cool completely.
7 Mix icing together and tint as desired and chill slightly.
8 When cookies are cooled, put the icing on the cookies as desired.

These are always a hit at any party I host.

by Hayley Poole 

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