Easy Shortbread Cookies

Sundays are usually when I clean the house and prepare for the week. I get the kitchen cleaned, I pack up leftovers for lunches, I get laundry put away. I get ready.

But last night, I walked into the house after an awesome night of Cooking Club and the house was just… chaos. The latest Home Depot purchases are scattered around the kitchen floor. Laundry piles are everywhere. The newspaper is in 10 parts around the living room. The sink is full of dishes which can’t go into the dishwasher because it’s full. Mind you, we don’t even have kids. How did we make such a mess?

And believe it or not, we actually worked pretty hard this weekend. Alex bought a miter saw that had to be set up and then we worked on wood trim going up the stairs. I also painted some patio furniture which required 4 coats of spray paint.

We ran errands and we got stuff done and yet there is still. more. to. be. done. I’m not the only one feeling this, right?

So in the midst of the mess I decided to make cookies. (Hey, the kitchen was already messy, so why not?) There is something peaceful about baking and this recipe is so simple that it didn’t require any brain power to make. Really, all it takes is some patience, although a good stand mixer certainly helps.

Sometimes you just need that recipe that let’s your mind wander while you mix. So these cookies aren’t particularly healthy but they are simple and delicious… and sometimes that’s what life requires.

3 ingredient shortbread cookies no egg

Easy Butter Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4
Makes 10 small cookies. You can add a splash of vanilla extract or some sprinkles if you want to spice it up!
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix for 10 minutes. Yes, 10 minutes.
  3. I used a stand mixer on low. You could use a hand mixer, if needed.
  4. Scoop into tablespoons onto a cookie sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes until they just begin to brown on the bottom.
  5. Remove from the pan immediately after you take them out of the oven.

This simple little recipe only makes about 10 cookies but you could easily double or triple it if you wanted to make a larger batch. A small batch was just perfect for us.

easy 3 ingredient cookies

After I made the cookies I tackled those dishes in the sink and the piles of laundry. Alex helped move the Home Depot haul down to the basement and after we got the house into some sort of order we still had time to sit down and enjoy a cookie together. Not a bad way to start the week.

Was your weekend productive, relaxing, or a mix of both?

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