Shortbread cookies cut into 8-bit heart shapes and decorated with bright red royal icing.
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Most shortbread sucks pretty bad. This is a recipe for a shortbread that isn’t like eating vaguely butter-scented IKEA furniture.

Look, I dunno if it’s showing, but I’m generally not a big fan of shortbread cookies, same as I’m not generally a big fan of eating a lightly buttered stack of cardboard bar coasters. I like vaguely buttery things well enough, but if we’re talking druthers, I’m gonna opt for your basic Star-Market-ass sugar cookie every time.

These are as much sugar cookie as they are shortbread. All the best crumbly, buttery characteristics of good shortbread, but the marzipan gives them a extra sweetness, a ton of almond flavor, and keeps them from turning into Sheetrock.

Slice them into squares, press them into circles, or cut them into rad shapes, then dip them in chocolate or get fancy with a batch of your favorite royal icing. Or—and this is crucial—use this as the crust of a chocolate pie.

Recipe: Marzipan Shortbread Cookies



  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Cream together the butter, egg yolk, and marzipan at medium-high speed for about a minute, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. It’ll turn lighter in colors as it aerates.

  3. Whisk together flour and salt, then stir into wet ingredients using a paddle bit at low speed. I know it looks too dry to come together at this point, but trust me on this one. Increase speed to medium once flour is moistened enough to not destroy your kitchen. Beat until dough begins clumping together on the sides of the bowl.

  4. Remove dough to a lightly floured countertop and press it into a shaggy ball. Roll out to approximately 1/4 inchness, dusting the top of the dough very lightly with flour; just enough to prevent it from sticking to your rolling pin.

  5. Cut into desired shapes, kneading together and re-rolling out the cut-offs. Arrange on a half sheet pan lined with parchment, allowing at least an inch between cookies for proper heat circulation. If they’re big, jab ’em a few times with a fork to keep them from puffing up.

  6. Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes. Tough to get exact on time, since it’ll depend on your shapes—at fifteen or so, watch for the corners/edges of your cookies just barely starting to brown. Allow them to cool for a few minutes in the pan before removing to a cooling rack, as they’ll be too soft to move at first.