These easy Slice and Bake Butter Toffee Shortbread Cookies are rich and buttery, and perfect for holiday baking or to have along with your afternoon coffee.
Shortbread purists look away because you probably won’t want to see this, lol. Toffee bits are definitely not a component of classic shortbread, but they add a salted caramel-like flavor that takes these cookies over the top.
In fact, this recipe is a good shortbread recipe to customize any number of ways. You can go really crazy and add mini chocolate chips along with the toffee, or go the route of dried fruit and nuts. Or for the classic version, leave out all the add-ins for rich, butter-flavored cookies (oooh, and if you go that route, you could always dip them in dark chocolate once they're baked and cooled!).
Really, you can’t go wrong with this recipe any way you do it.
In addition to their versatility, another great thing about shortbread cookies is that they’re not overly sweet like so many cookies are. They should be richly flavored of butter (so you’ll want to use a top-quality butter here, and go with unsalted so you can control the salt level yourself), and short, meaning crumbly. There is no leavening agent (such as baking powder, baking soda, yeast, etc.) used in shortbread!
This is one of those recipes that’s great to have up your sleeve for holiday baking, or any time you feel like whipping up an easy slice and bake cookie to have along with afternoon coffee or tea.
For a festive twist on shortbread, check out Cooking Light’s recipe for Ginger Shortbread!
- 1 cup (8 oz/227 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup (100 g) sugar
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground mahlab (optional)
- 285 g/10.05 oz (about 2¼ cups) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (4 oz/115 g) toffee bits
- Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the vanilla, salt, and mahlab, and then the flour. Stir in the toffee bits.
- Roll the dough into a log about 12 to 14-inches long, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled (about 2 hours in the fridge or 20 minutes in the freezer).
- Preheat the oven to 325F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners.
- Slice the dough into slices about ¾-inch thick and arrange them on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are sandy colored on the bottom and along the outside but not browned, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cool completely on the trays before removing.