Classic Shortnin' Bread


Classic Shortnin' Bread

3 dozen squares
7 Min
30 Min

President Lincoln surely must have enjoyed this classic melt-in-your-mouth bread. Of course, by adding a bit of fresh dill to make it extra-special, I've brought it up to date. So give it a try 'cause North or South, East or West, it's still a hit centuries later!

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

What to Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, with a pastry cutter or 2 knives, combine all the ingredients until crumbly. Using your hands, form into a smooth ball and pat into an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Prick the top all over with a fork and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool and cut into 36 squares.


No dill? No problem! 'Cause without it, this is like a sweet shortbread-type biscuit.

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