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Irish Butter Cookies Recipe

These Irish butter cookies will literally melt in your mouth. They are delicious, and perfect to go along with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword baking, cookies, Irish butter, Saint Patrick's Day, shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Dough Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 22 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 24 cookies
Calories 133 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cups sugar
  • 8 oz butter Irish (Kerrygold)
  • 2 egg yolks beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 dozen pecans for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325'F
  2. In a stand up mixer, cream the butter and the sugar until well combined and fluffy.

  3. Add vanilla and eggs to the creamed butter and sugar.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture until you have a stiff dough.
  6. Remove dough from mixer and form two logs, about 7 ½" long x 1 ½" wide each.
  7. Wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. You can also refrigerate overnight.
  8. Cut into ⅜" inch circles with a sharp knife. Place cookies about 1" apart. Place a pecan on top of each cookie.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes.*
  10. *5 minutes into the baking, open the oven and lightly press down on the pecan. I like to use a long chop stick or wooden spoon. Return to baking.

Recipe Notes

  • Frequently Asked Questions

      • How long can I freeze these Irish butter shortbread cookies? You can freeze them in an airtight container with freezer paper between layers of cookies. Be sure they are completely cooled before storing. They will store nicely for up to 6 months. This is a great cookie to make in advance for Christmas.
      • Do I have to refrigerate the cookies? No, you do not. You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week.
      • Can I store the cookie dough? Yes, wrap the dough tightly and you can store it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can then remove the dough, slice then bake.
Nutrition Facts
Irish Butter Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (28 g)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.