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Easy Shortbread Cookies

Yield Makes approximately 10 cookies 1x
Prep: 45 minutesCook: 14 minutesTotal: 59 minutes

Slice and bake Shortbread Cookies filled with M&M candy.


  • 230 grams (1 cup / 2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 65 grams (1/2 cup) icing sugar or powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 280 grams (2 cups) plain flour or all purpose flour 
  • 150 grams (3/4 cup) mini M&M candy


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add butter and beat with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add sugar, vanilla extract and flour and beat briefly until a soft cookie dough forms. Stir through mini M&M’s.
  2. Place the dough on a piece of baking or wax paper and use your hands to mould the dough into a long circular roll. Roll the dough in the baking paper and squeeze the ends shut (like a paper covered lolly) or cover with cling wrap. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.*
  3.  Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Use a large knife to cut cookies into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place cookie dough on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake cookies for approximately 12-14 minutes or until golden on the edges. Leave to cool completely.


*If you would like to bake these cookies at a later date, you can place the cookie dough in the freezer. Simply let it thaw for 15-30 minutes or until it’s easy to cut the cookie into slices. Then bake as per above.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cookie Calories: 295 (without mix-ins)
Author: Jessica HolmesCategory: CookiesCuisine: American
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