Cinnamon Shortbread

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This perfect, Cinnamon Shortbread is drizzled with caramel.  This is a buttery shortbread recipe with a cinnamon addition.

Cinnamon Shortbread drizzled with caramel

Why is shortbread short?

Shortbread is indeed short since it’s a flat and crisp kind of wedge cookie.  A good amount of butter in the recipe is what causes the shortbread to bake into such a flat (short) layer.

How to Make Shortbread:

In classic shortbread recipes, you might see the recipe call for refrigerating the dough before slicing and baking.  This Cinnamon Shortbread recipe is different because you don’t need to refrigerate the dough at all.  In fact, you’ll just press the dough into the pan to bake.  

You have a choice of making this recipe in two pans or one.  I recommend using two 8-inch round pans (24 servings).  If you use one 9-inch pan instead, your shortbread wedges will be a good bit thicker and you’ll get fewer wedges (12 servings).

Cinnamon Shortbread drizzled with caramel

How to tell if shortbread is done:

Since this is a Cinnamon Shortbread, the dough is brown, and it can be difficult to tell when it’s done. The edges should be golden brown and the center should barely spring back when pressed. When you remove it from the oven, you’ll carefully score the shortbread into wedges with a sharp knife. When it cools, the shortbread will be easy to break into wedges because you took the time to score it while it was warm.

Serving Cinnamon Shortbread:

Cinnamon Shortbread is perfectly delicious to eat on its own.  It’s a buttery, cinnamon wedge cookie, and it’s quite delicious with a cup of coffee or tea!  I like to get a bit indulgent and douse it in caramel sauce sometimes too.

Cinnamon Shortbread

How long will cinnamon shortbread keep at room temperature?

Keep your shortbread in a sealed container, and it should keep well for a couple of weeks.

Can you freeze shortbread?

If you choose to freeze your cinnamon shortbread, keep it frozen in a well-sealed container.  It will keep in the freezer for about 3 weeks.  Let defrost at room temperature, and enjoy!

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Cinnamon Shortbread

Lovely cinnamon shortbread recipe drizzled with caramel!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 133kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon shortbread, cinnamon shortbread recipe


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (see Recipe Notes below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • caramel sauce for topping (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two round 8 or 9-inch cake pans (use just one pan if you want extra-thick shortbread).
  • In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, and salt together; set aside. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on low speed, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar together. Add the vanilla extract. Gradually blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the pans.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes (2 pans) or 45 to 50 minutes (one pan).
  • The dough is brown, and it's difficult to tell when it's done. The edges should be golden brown and the center should barely spring back when pressed. When you remove it from the oven, carefully score the shortbread into wedges. Cool completely, remove from the pan, and cut completely along the score lines.
  • Serve drizzled with caramel, if desired.


  • If you can find it, ground Vietnamese cinnamon is the best cinnamon to use for this recipe.
  • This shortbread freezes and ships well.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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