Cinnamon-sugar shortbread balls

Prep 30 min
Total 55 min
Makes 40

Dress up a classic with a simple blend of sugar and spice.



3 cups
all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 cups
unsalted butter, at room temperature


1 tsp


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  • STIR flour with salt in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT butter with 3/4 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, until smooth, 1 min. Gradually stir in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture, kneading with your hands, until dough forms a ball.
  • STIR 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • SCOOP dough and roll into 1-in. balls. Toss dough balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated, then arrange on prepared sheets, 1 in. apart. Cookies will spread as they bake.
  • BAKE in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching sheets halfway through, until edges have set, 15 to 17 min. Leave on sheet for 5 min, then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.
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Chatelaine Cookies: Shortbreads

Issue: December 2014

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Photo credit: Cinnamon sugar shortbread cookie. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

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