Espresso Cardamom Shortbread Cookies
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Espresso Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Melt-in-your-mouth, flavourful and buttery Espresso Cardamom Shortbread Cookies perfect for Christmas and the holiday season.
Course Dessert, Dessert/ snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 118kcal
Author Adapted from Fine Cooking


  • 1-1/2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioner sugar powdered (icing) sugar


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F.
  • Lightly butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  • Dissolve the instant espresso in the vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, cardamom and salt. Whisk and set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth, about 1-2 minute. Add the  confectioners' sugar, the espresso and vanilla mixture and beat until creamy.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until well combined, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl once.
  • Transfer dough into pan and spread dough pressing lightly to ensure it is evenly distributed into the pan.
  • Before baking, evenly cut the dough (cutting all the way-through) into 40 cookie bars. Evenly prick each cookie with a fork 3 times.
  • Bake, turning the pan once after 15 minutes. Continue baking until top is dry and lightly golden about 30 minutes.
  • Remove cookies from oven and cool in pan on wire rack for a few minutes and using a small knife re-cut the cookies along the lines. Let the cookies cool before removing them from pan.
  • Cookies can be stored at room temperature up to 5 days. Cookies can also be stored in the freezer for later consumption. 


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4.3% | Calcium: 0.4% | Iron: 2.9%