Taste Tested: Comforting Shortbread Cookies

With shorter days & cooler weather comes the need to snatch up moments of warm comfort whenever and wherever you can find them. Calantha’s shortbread recipe will help you stay cozy through the chillier months!


“I’m always on the lookout for the perfect companion to a windy autumnal day spent cozied up indoors with a good book and a warm cup of tea and these shortbread cookies have never let me down. With Christmas fast upon us, they’re also a great way to share the gift of rich and buttery comfort.”

Calantha’s Comforting Shortbread

You can use any pan for these cookies or even roll the dough, wrap and freeze it to cut and bake later as cookie rounds. A�Speaking of versatility, these cookies have it in spades. A�The recipe also makes for a rich and delicious tart crust. A�Oh, and feel free to add your favourite citrus zest, herbs, spices, chopped dried fruit or chocolate chips. A�I’m partial to lemon zest and rosemary.A�


  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 100g raw cane sugar
  • 175g butter, unsalted and at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk from one large egg
  • 3g (or 1/2 tsp) sea salt


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375F.
  2. Butter an 8″ square baking pan and set aside.
  3. Measure out the flour and salt. Place in a bowl and set aside. If you are adding any herbs and spices, combine them with the flour.
  4. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar, stopping periodically to scrape down the sides of the mixer to ensure all of the sugar is combined.
  5. Add the egg yolk and citrus zest (optional). Mix until fully combined.
  6. Add the flour and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the flour has been incorporated.
  7. Using your fingers, press the shortbread into the pan evenly. Using a small round glass as a mini rolling pin will help even out the surface.
  8. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the edges start to turn a light golden brown.
  9. Slice the shortbread into squares or triangles immediately and let cool in the pan.
  10. Curl up and enjoy!

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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