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Butter Bunnies | 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

3 ingredient shortbread cookie recipe

3 ingredient shortbread cookies is a classic recipe – they’re so easy to make and you likely have everything you need right there in your pantry and refrigerator. Butter, flour and brown sugar. That’s why I couldn’t resist making some Butter Bunnies for friends this week. A not-too-sweet little treat to wish a few friends a Happy Easter.

Buttery bunnies | shortbread cookie recipe

I was in a hurry whipping these little guys up, so they’re not perfect, but they’re perfectly delicious.  I even cheated and used store bought decorative icing…when the big spray can failed {I do not recommend}, I sprayed the icing into a ziplock, snipped the tip and squeezed it onto the cookies creating bunny ears and little noses. It’s easy to get caught up in making everything perfect, but I find more joy in perfectly imperfect.

Butter Bunnies | Easy 3 ingredient shortbread cookie recipe

This shortbread cookie recipe makes 3 dozen medium sized cutout cookies. Please note that one dozen may need to be reserved for your significant other. They’re kind of addictive.

Buttery bunnies | shortbread cookie recipe

Have you ever noticed that as you whip butter, it not only gets creamier, but lighter in color? These shortbread cookies start with whipped butter, combined with brown sugar and lots of flour. You can add vanilla as well if you’d like. I add vanilla to just about everything!

Buttery shortbread cookies

Butter Bunnies | 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 20 mins
Yields 3 dozen



  1. Whip butter until smooth and light in color. Add brown sugar until combined.
  2. Gradually add in flour until dough begins to form. Add up to an additional ½ c flour if needed so that the dough forms and ball and isn't sticky.
  3. Wrap dough ball in seran wrap for 30 minutes {no longer}.
  4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  5. Roll dough to ½" thick on a floured surface, use cookie cutters to cut and place on a baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes {depending on size of your cutters}, watching carefully as to not overbake.
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Easy 3 ingredient shortbread cookie recipe

Easy 3 ingredient shortbread cookie recipe

Have a beautiful Easter!

Butter Bunnies | Easy 3 ingredient shortbread cookie recipe

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

13 comments on “Butter Bunnies | 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies”

  1. Yum, so cute…I will make these with my kids…thanks for sharing!!

  2. I can’t stop cooing over these easy and ADORABLE treats!

  3. Planning on these real soon!! How’d you know I needed quick and easy even for my sweet tooth! But so cute to boot! Loving these bunnies shorts!! Thank you so much! Great pics too btw!! Yours always are!

  4. Adorable! Are the eyes frosting dabs or mini chocolate chips or tiny currants? Thanks.

  5. Thank you for sharing these cute cookies.Anything that tastes great and has only three ingredients is always going to be at the top of my list. Hugs,

  6. Shortbread cookies are my FAVORITE!

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