Best Irish Shortbread Anywhere


  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to mash everything together until crumbly. Knead by hand until everything forms a shiny ball. (This takes a LOT of kneading.)
  2. Flatten dough into a rectangular pan, or two smaller pans, and poke all over with a fork.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes (depends on whether you like hard or soft cookies).
  4. Cut it into bars, then bake for another 20 to 30 minutes at 275 degrees F.

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