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Life is short. EAT THE DESSERT. Please excuse the interruption from our regular programming but it’s the holidays and that is a pass to give into some guilty pleasures. Like these short bread cookies. Shortbread cookies are a holiday staple and this recipe is a Garbarino Family favourite! The whole GG team tried these and were blown away with how they melt in your mouth! Below makes about 24 cookies. 

Treat Yourself Shortbread Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 cup butter softened or melted but cooled
  • 1 cup white flour
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour or corn starch


  • Pre heat oven to 300F and prepare two baking trays with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  • Add in butter and mix until smooth and blended - texture should be creamy not crumbly, if it isn’t combining well, add a little extra melted butter to soften the dough until the texture is creamy.
  • Using a cookie scooper or tbsp, make 1 tbsp balls and flatten with bottom of a cup or with your hands. If the cup or your hands are sticking to the cookies, dampen a little with water.
  • Top with your favourite sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips, crushed candy cane… Get creative or keep it simple.
  • Bake for 13-18 minutes, check them every minute or so. Remove from oven as soon as the bottoms start to turn golden and let them sit for a good 15 minutes until serving or eating as they will harden as they cool.


These are great to bring as a gift to any holiday party (we recommend buying a cute cookie tin from the dollar store or even online). Feel free to top these babies with your favourite toppings or sprinkles. You can also crush up some pecans and throw them into the mix! So many possibilities. 
Emma started her journey after graduating from Fashion Marketing and then Public Relations. After working for a few fashion companies, Emma met Katherine in 2018 after collaborating with her. Emma is now the COO and manages the day-to-day operations and marketing communications of KGMTL and Girls Living Well. Emma is a handbag feen and avid reader.

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