Tartine Bakery Shortbread Cookies

It’s time to get some holiday baking done. Cookies always seem to be one of those desserts that are a classic treat to give. They are always well received. At least by me. I’ll NEVER turn a cookie away!

tartine bakery shortbread

Today is a special day because I’m featuring a recipe from one special blogger as part of our holiday Secret Recipe Club Holiday Treat reveal day!

tartine bakery shortbread cookie

Today’s treat comes courtesy of Stephanie from Dessert Before Dinner. She features a lot of amazing recipes but what I really want to know is how she gets her husband to do the cleaning around the house! He cleans her WHOLE house. Nice.

tartine bakery shortbread cookies

These Tartine Bakery shortbread cookies are a classic holiday recipe. I love the added sugary topping to make them even more delicious and to add a crispy sugary crust. These are easy and simple to make with just a few ingredients.

And don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page for more delicious holiday treats!

Tartine Bakery Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup sugar + extra for sprinkling
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ cup +2 Tbsp unbleached al purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 6x10 inch pan. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes on medium speed).
  3. Turn mixer to low, slowly stir in the salt and flour. Continue mixing until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  4. Pour the dough into a 6x10 inch pan, then pat to evenly spread the dough in the pan.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until shortbread is golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with a generous amount of sugar (1/4 cup) to top. Cut the shortbread into squares or rectangles while warm, but allow the shortbread to cool completely before removing from pan.

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  1. Can I borrow Stephanie’s husband, too? LUCKY HER!! Ha! 😀 Those cookies look wonderful! Nice choice for the SRC! Have a wonderful holiday! 😀

  2. Shortbread is always good, any time of the year.

  3. I made these when I was assigned this blog ages ago. We loved them.

  4. Maybe these shortbread cookies help with the whole husband cleaning trick. I am certainly going to try it.

  5. I always wonder why so many people are drawn to this recipe (I think you’re the 3rd or 4th person to make it). Really glad you liked it, but I am curious what make everyone go toward a simple shortbread cookie

    • burntapple says:

      Its a classic holiday recipe…I think thats what drew me to it. So fun to feature you this month and get to know you better. Happy Holidays!

  6. These look so good. Great choice!

  7. Cannot beat a shortbread cookie in my humble opinion.

  8. Shortbread: So simple and delicious, what’s not to love?

  9. Yum! Love shortbread. These look perfect.

  10. Shortbread cookies are always a hit! Happy Holidays!


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