Baking up a shortbread storm!

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Fellow bloggy buds,

Please be patient with me as I have not been very diligent about reading/commenting/visiting. The holidays are upon us and things are crazy! Next week I am taking Abby & Izzy to New Orleans to visit my family, which means that this week is jam-packed and I’m trying to get everything done. Today I am baking. I will share with you my mom’s famous shortbread recipe (drool). I’m baking several batches today to share with friends and neighbors.

Julie’s Fabulous Shortbread

You will need:
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar, plus 3 tbs. more (in holiday colors if you like) for sprinkling on top
2 cups sifted flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

*Preheat oven to 350, grease a 9 x/ 13 pan.

*Beat the butter until it is light and creamy. Beat in 1/2 cup of the sugar. Sift the flour with the salt & baking powder, then fold into the butter mixture.

*Place the dough in the baking pan and use your fingers to pat it down/in.

*Sprinkle the top with the remaining/colored sprinkles and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned.

*Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.

I cut the shortbread into squares and put them into these to-go boxes I got from Hobby Lobby. It didn’t turn out quite as cute as I’d hoped, but I’ve told you all I’m no Martha Stewart…
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  • Mass Hole Mommy

    Super easy and looks/sounds delicious!! Thanks for posting!!!


    very cool!

    it's crazy for me right now, too…holidays and finals for school. i'm slowly going crazy. sounds like i'll be meeting you there! 😉

    have a great holiday season!


  • Buggys

    Crazy, yep. I love shortbread and I'm going to try this recipe, thanks.

  • Menopausal New Mom

    Erin, they turned out cute in those little boxes! And as long as they are as yummy as they look, it's a fabulous gift!

  • Tattoos and Teething Rings

    I love shortbread- I make a brown sugar version whenever I need something sweet to nosh on.

  • DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom

    Looks good. I love shortbread because it's buttery and easy (two of the best words in the dictionary).

  • Heide

    Yum! And the little take-out boxes for packaging look great!

  • Danielle

    Sounds yummy. I will have to try. And I think they turned out cute! 😉

  • Daffy

    I immediately started singing that Momma's little baby loves shortnin' shortnin'…momma's little baby loves shortnin' bread…

    So much fun! You are so brave to travel with the girls alone. I hate flying!

  • Just Another Momma

    Sounds great and looks very easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

  • Margaret

    They turned out really really cute!

  • Shell

    I think they are very cute!

  • Moonspun

    I can only imagine how great that must taste melting in your mouth! Nice bell on the cute!

  • 5thsister

    You've done very well! I, for one, would be delighted to receive a carryout container of your shortbread. My address is 125….

  • Travis

    I am about 85% sure that I'm going to do homemade chips and salsa for Christmas gifts.

    Can Lay's chips be homemade?

    I promise to make the salsa.


    ease up – they are very cute.

  • foxy

    That looks fantastic! I'm such a sucker for homemade EDIBLE gifts. :)

  • Helene

    Homemade edible gifts are my favorite!! The recipe looks so easy!!

  • The Peach Tart

    Looks yummy. I think I'll try it. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  • Meeko Fabulous

    That sounds impossibly easy! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  • Lee the Hot Flash Queen


  • Monique-aka-Surferwife23

    Are you trying to add an additional 5 pounds to my ass? Because it's working with your baking skills.

  • Mindy

    Mmmmm….shortbread! I will be trying this recipe out!

    Hey, I got my hubby some reusable sandwich bags for his lunches from Etsy for his stocking in the mail today. They're made out of an old men's shirt. Very cool.

  • Arizona Mamma

    I think I may have mentioned I have a particular addiction to sweets. Are you trying to send me running for my fat clothes? 😉 It looks yummy.

  • MiMi

    I think that looks awesome!! Yum.

  • MJ

    you are forgiven, but does this mean we will go through Erin withdrawls while you are visiting family also :o(
    that shortbread recipe sounds wonderful, I may just have to try it out tonight since we are home early.

  • adrienzgirl

    Those are pretty cookies! Pretty!!!!
    Enjoy your ROADTRIP!

  • Alex

    Yum, shortbread….I think the boxes look cute anyway. Have a great holiday.

  • blueviolet

    I am absolutely nuts about shortbread!!! I eat entirely too much of it when I have it around!

    You're going to have the best time next week on your trip!

  • June Freaking Cleaver

    I think I'm going to make the shortbread tonight. It looks yummy, and the box is great!

    If I give cookies, they're packed in boring Zip Loc containers.

  • Andrea (ace1028)

    OH YUM — They look and sound delicious. Send any scraps my way! 😉

  • Elaine A.

    Mmmm, looks and sounds so yummy!

    Have a great trip 'home'! We'll wave at you from over here in Laffy! : )

  • Busted Kate

    I am like dying over this recipe. I love shortbread! Hey, I added your button to Busted Plumbing :-)

  • mama-face

    Yummers and have fun!

    I have a lil bling for you…one of which is an award which you gave me…but you just deserve it so many times over!!


  • Busted Kate

    PS: Well I can't help but shower you with love and adoration! You got an award on Busted Plumbing:

  • Matty

    I'm not big on shortbread cookies, but my family is and they would love these.

    It's that time of year, and time is short for everyone. Enjoy your trip.

  • Sarah

    I love shortbread! My grandmother is Scottish and makes it from her head. So delish. I think your boxes turned out super cute!

  • gayle

    Everyone love homemade treats and these look yummy!!!

  • Mrs Montoya

    Shortbread is my all time favorite and the take out boxes look adorable. Martha Stewart is too perfect to be real anyway. Well, except for the prison stint :) She wishes she was you!!

  • Aunt Juicebox

    Oh I love the containers! I always buy those only in holiday designs. I also look for containers at the dollar stores, they have the cutest paint tins, buckets, etc.

  • Raoulysgirl

    First cake and now shortbread? I'm drooling. Shortbread is one of my FAVORITE things EVER!!!

  • glitterbygrammie

    The ginger bread looks nummy. I like the packaging.

  • June Freaking Cleaver

    Update: I made the shortbread tonight…it is FAB.U.LOUS!

    Thanks so much for posting the recipe!

  • ScoMan

    I really do need to try my hand at baking something. Someday. Maybe.

    But everything baked is not so healthy, and I'd have to eat it all myself.

  • JennyMac

    I love making shortbread…so many people in my family love it. Thanks for the recipe. And I use this type of take out box too! Mine are red and unfortunately, when I ordered them, they came in a sleeve of 200. Thats a lot of giving of treats. LOL.

  • Amy O’Connor

    That looks delish! I may have to do up some shortbread in addition to my hot cocoa mix I'm giving for Christmas this year. Thanks for sharing!

  • The Blue Zoo

    Im gonna start my baking tomorrow.. That is if I can manage to get my house cleaned today! LOL

  • Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity

    Ooh! I am jealous about the N'awlins trip! Have a beignet (or seven) for me, K?!

  • Lissaloo

    Shortbread is the best, the to go boxes are so cute! :)

  • kys

    Yum! I'm not much of a baker. I get too distracted to do things that require precision.

    Have fun with your family!

  • kys

    Yum! I'm not much of a baker. I get too distracted to do things that require precision.

    Have fun with your family!

  • amy
  • Margaret aka: Fact Woman

    These look amazing. I can't wait to make them.

  • Mindy

    Tried it! Loved it! Posting link on my blog. :0)