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Traditional Canadian Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Sandwich Cookies (makes about 80 single cookies)
Course Cookies
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 40
Author Valerie Lugonja


  • 2 cups of flour (remove 2 tablespoons to be replaced with the cornstarch)
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of Berry sugar

Ingredients for Almond Butter Icing:

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 3 cups of icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pure almond extract
  • 8-12 drops of green food colouring


  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF
  2. Combine sugar and flour mixture; mix well
  3. Work in butter; knead
  4. Divide into two equal portions; wrap in plastic and refrigerate
  5. Roll cool dough to 1/8 inch on pastry cloth using a rolling pin cloth cover
  6. Cut out shapes; transfer to tray and dock decoratively
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until a very light golden on the bottom (still white on top)
  8. Cool on rack; decorate with icing and silver dragee

Instructions for Almond Butter Icing:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until the consistency of play dough; refrigerate in a sealed container
  2. Take out of the fridge 15 minutes before needed