Traditional Irish Shortbread

This rolled Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich and buttery. It’s simply the best tasting cookie that requires only four simple ingredients. This must be your lucky day!

Traditional Irish Shortbread Recipe - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Hi everybody! As we near St. Patrick’s day, I wanted to share with you this recipe for Traditional Irish Shortbread. 

You can either cut it with cookie cutters or break it into rustic pieces as I did. Whichever way you cut it, this will be a recipe you’ll make time and again, and not just for the Irish holiday!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Traditional Irish Shortbread is available near the end of this post. 

This rolled Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich and buttery. It's simply the best tasting cookie that requires only three basic ingredients. This must be your lucky day!

The super short ingredient list;

  • All-purpose flour
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Salt

What I love the most about this recipe for Irish Shortbread (other than how delicious it is), is the ease in which this dough comes together and how simple it is to roll out.

I received this nifty Kudos Kitchen rolling pin for Christmas so I thought this would be the perfect recipe to show off this extremely fun (and functional) gift.

Thank you, Adam. I love this rolling pin very much and I’m proud to showcase it in my kitchen and with my baking. 🙂

Baked Traditional Irish Shortbread with rolling pin and napkins. -

What I did with this Irish Shortbread dough is rolled it out into two separate blocks, and left them whole. However, cookie cutters can certainly be used to cut the unbaked dough into any shapes you like.

I decided I wanted to keep the cookies on the “rustic” side, so after the dough was baked, I broke them into random pieces. I really like the way it turned out. It’s approachable and completely unpretentious.

Traditional Irish Shortbread Recipe - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich, flaky and buttery. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Rolling out Traditional Irish Shortbread;

  • Place the dough on a sheet of parchment.

Slab of Irish Shortbread Dough before rolling. -

  • Roll the dough out to an even ¼” thickness.

Traditional Irish Shortbread rolled dough on parchment paper -

  • Use a decorative roller (optional) to press the design into the dough.
  • OR cut the dough with cookie cutters if desired.


Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich, flaky and buttery. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee


  • Trim the dough using a paring knife or pizza wheel to even the edges (optional).

Traditional Irish Shortbread dough with logo imprint. -

  • Bake the dough in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, or until your desired level of brownness.
  • *Note – Traditional Irish Shortbread should only be lightly browned.
  • Once baked, cool on a rack.
  • Once cooled, break the cookies into rustic pieces (if desired).

Broken pieces of Traditional Irish Shortbread. -

Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich, flaky and buttery. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich, flaky and buttery. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

The following Irish blessing is compliments of Irish Expressions;


May flowers always line your path,
And sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you,
Every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you,
In a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart,
Each day your whole life through.
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you the all year long.

For additional Irish recipes I’ve shared in the past, please click on the following titles for;

Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich, flaky and buttery. - Kudos Kitchen by Renee


Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Traditional Irish Shortbread.

 If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

4.56 from 9 votes
Traditional Irish Shortbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This rolled Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich and buttery. It's simply the best tasting cookie that requires only 3 simple ingredients. This must be your lucky day!
Course: cookies, Dessert, shortbread
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Shortbread cookies, Traditional Irish Shortbread
Servings: 24
Calories: 137 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 1 cup butter softened (I always use salted)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer (or using a stand mixer and the paddle attachment), beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. 

  3. Turn the mixer to low and blend in the flour and salt until fully incorporated and the dough forms a ball.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (or if baking in blocks, a piece of parchment paper) and roll to approximately ¼" thickness. OR cut the dough with cookie cutters (if using) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. If baking in blocks, use a pizza cutter to even the edges of the dough, and transfer the cut block of cookie (parchment paper and all) to a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes or until you achieve your desired color or doneness.

  6. -Cool completely, and break the blocks into pieces (if desired).
Recipe Notes

tools and equipment:

rolling pin, baking sheets, parchment paper, hand mixer or stand mixer, cookie cutters (optional)

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Irish Shortbread
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 116mg5%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Traditional Irish Shortbread as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich, flaky and buttery.

I thought it would be appropriate to coordinate this Irish Shortbread recipe with a couple of “Travel the World” mugs I painted for a customer last Christmas.

Even though Ireland’s flag isn’t depicted here (just use your imagination), these are, in fact, Irish style coffee mugs! LOL

Flags of the World hand painted coffee mug. -

Should you have any questions regarding this recipe or anything else you’ve seen on my site, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or leave me a comment in the comment section below. It is always my distinct pleasure to get back to you with a reply just as soon as I possibly can!

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  1. Oh my!! I can not even tell you how much I love this recipe. My parents went to Ireland twice and each time my favorite treat they brought back was the shortbread cookies. I want these now!

  2. That is the coolest rolling pin ever!

  3. We adore shortbread! This looks like a great recipe.

  4. Dear Renne, I love shortbread…and I especially love these! So pretty and festive. Wonderful dear. xo, Catherine

  5. My oldest and I are shortbread fanatics – I have to make a batch of this! And that rolling pin is so incredibly awesome…I love it!

  6. The cookies are perfect broken up like that! Oh and that Kudos Kitchen rolling pin is amazing! I need one with my blog name on it! too cute!

  7. Ack! That rolling pin is the coolest baking gadget that I've ever seen! What a fantastic gift. I really like how you baked the shortbread whole. The rustic pieces are such a fun way to serve a cookie.

  8. I am totally trying these, my grandma used to make these for us. But my goodness she never had such a cool rolling pin. I have to get one immediately.

  9. I have total rolling pin envy right now. That is seriously the coolest gadget EVER!
    I'm also loving the idea of breaking up the shortbread into chunks. You can't go wrong with the lazy… errr.. rustic approach. 🙂

  10. Tayler Ross

    5 stars
    I absolutely love shortbread! And that rolling pin is awesome! Can’t wait to try this!

  11. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Shortbread is my fave!

  12. BeantheBaker

    5 stars
    Wow, have to give these 5 stars; just finished making for St. Patrick’s Day. I’m an experienced baker, have to admit that I was skeptical about the difference Kerry Gold butter would make — but I’m sold. It made a huge difference in the consistence of the dough and the final baked cookies. I used small shamrock cutters, tinted half the dough a light marbled green, sprinkled with coarse sugar and reduced the bake time to about 12 minutes. You do need to watch the time as these will brown very quickly. Beautiful dough to work with; cookies held their shape and the taste and texture? Yes, “melt in your mouth”. Thank you for this great recipe!

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