This shortbread cookie recipe makes some of the best shortbread cookies I’ve ever had The bars are light and tender and the cinnamon sugar topping gives them a little flair.

Tender shortbread bars dusted with cinnamon and sugar! This makes the BEST shortbread I've ever tried!

So, do you guys know what time it is?

Girl Scout cookie time. It’s both the best and worst time of the year.

It’s the best because peanut butter patties, thin mints, and shortbread cookies.  It’s the worst because my pants won’t fit anymore in a couple of weeks.

tender shortbread recipe

I was always the weirdo kid who looked forward to the most boring of all cookies…the shortbread ones! All the other kids were after the chocolate and the caramel and the peanut butter. There I was, hangin’ with my grandma, dunking the shortbread cookies in a glass of milk before watching the evening news, taking out my dentures, and heading off to bed.

I didn’t care that the other kids thought shortbread cookies were boring. I knew better. Shortbread is where it’s at.

Butter, flaky, tender, and coated in cinnamon and sugar. I could live on shortbread cookies.

cinnamon sugar shortbread bars recipe

So, I went ahead and made these shortbread cookie bars, because everybody needs a fail proof shortbread cookie recipe and, let’s face it, bars are easier than cookies.

I sprinkled these bars with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, just to liven them up a bit. These were seriously the best shortbread cookies I’ve ever eaten. I mean, I didn’t think plain shortbread cookies could get any better, but wow. I was wrong.

Give these a try and let me know if it’s the best shortbread cookie recipe you’ve ever made!

And, don’t forget to check out my oatmeal cookie bars that have been getting rave reviews and my gingerbread cookie bars!

3.7 from 75 votes

Cinnamon Sugar Shortbread Cookie Bars

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Servings: 24 bars
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy bar recipes, easy dessert recipes, holiday recipes
Calories: 240 kcal

 This shortbread cookie recipe makes some of the best shortbread cookies I've ever had The bars are light and tender and the cinnamon sugar topping gives them a little flair.


  • 2 cups butter room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the flour and cornstarch until well combined.
  4. Pat into an ungreased 10x15 rimmed baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the dough.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden and the cookie is set.
  7. Cut into bars while still warm.
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Sugar Shortbread Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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