Sugared Shortbread Cookies

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Sugared Shortbread Cookies are buttery, flaky, shortbread-style cookies with a crunchy sugar topping. These sparkling cookies work beautifully with an afternoon cup of tea or a morning cup of coffee, and I have to admit I have been snacking on them pretty much all day long.

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I’ve had a lot of fun over the past year playing with all of In The Raw®’s sweeteners and I hope you’ve had fun discovering all of them with me. I’m thrilled to be sharing these amazing Sugared Shortbread Cookies with you today.

These cookies are made with my beloved Sugar In The Raw and the sprinkling of sugar crystals across the top of each cookie is simply irresistible!

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If you aren’t already a humongous fan of Sugar In The Raw, let me introduce you to my favorite sugar.

For the past few years, I’ve used these lovely golden sugar crystals in my coffee or tea every single morning and it adds a rich (almost caramel-like) flavor that just can’t be beat.

Check out each of these recipes made with In The Raw sweeteners: Cranberry Margaritas, Perfect Lemon Coffee Cake, Hot Buttered Rum, or {Sugar-Free} Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.

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Sugared Shortbread Cookies

5 from 1 vote
These sparkling cookies work beautifully with an afternoon cup of tea or a morning cup of coffee.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 18 -24 cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup granulated Sugar In The Raw

*Gluten-Free Alternative

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with the sugar. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix until light and fluffy. Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat until combined. Add the remaining flour and beat once more. The mixture should be dry and crumbly, but hold together when you press it between your fingers.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper (about the size of a baking tray) on the counter and dump the dough out of the bowl on top of it. Place a second sheet of parchment over the dough. Flatten the dough with your hands and then roll it out to approximately 1/4-inch thickness. Remove the top sheet of parchment and place the parchment on a baking tray. Sprinkle the rolled out dough very generously with about ¼ cup of Sugar In The Raw. Lightly press the sugar into the dough with your hands or the rolling pin.
  • Cut into cookies with a circle shaped cutter. Use a thin metal spatula to transfer the cut out cookies to the parchment lined baking sheet, leaving about an inch of space between the cookies. Sprinkle the cookies with the remaining sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just barely puffed and not yet brown around the edges.
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes and then use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy!


Try not to allow the cookies to brown at all. If they brown, they will still be tasty, but much more crunchy than desired, once they cool. The goal is a very soft shortbread texture.


Calories: 157kcal · Carbohydrates: 26g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 23mg · Sodium: 77mg · Potassium: 55mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 15g · Vitamin A: 171IU · Calcium: 20mg · Iron: 1mg
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Disclosure: I’ve partnered with In The Raw to share their latest products with you this year. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Barefeet In The Kitchen possible. As always, all thoughts are my own.

Sugar In The Raw® is part of the In The Raw® family of sweeteners, which also includes Agave In The Raw®, Stevia In The Raw®, and Monk Fruit In The Raw®. Find the nearest retailer of In The Raw products here. @InTheRawBrand #InTheRaw

{originally published 12/15/15 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/20/22}

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anjelica says

    Can I use KAF gluten free flour blend for the gluten free part? It’s ingredients are pretty much the same as listed here.

  2. Brit says

    Made these last night – absolutely delicious!! I used a Halloween baking pan, so they were a little thicker and came out a bit soft and chewy. So good! Needed 12 minutes in the pan, in my oven. Wasn’t sure about putting the raw sugar down in the pan, but it worked really well. No burning. These cookies are a new favorite!5 stars