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31 comments to “Whole Wheat Shortbread Cookies”

  1. These are gorgeous — and they look like the perfect vessels for tiny iced-cream sandwiches! Yum. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. Those look gorgeous. Love the whole wheat flour, I bet it adds great flavor :)

  3. These look wonderful, with so many variant possibilities. Congrats on being selected for an award, very deserving.


  4. Since you post such incredible cookie recipes, this one is sure to grace my oven soon. I love the idea of a whole wheat touched shortbread, it will add so much flavor!

    PS HUGE congrats on the nomination!

  5. Had one of these guys on a bakery crawl that included Huckleberry. Outstanding cookies, they are! Congrats on your nom! Good luck.

  6. these look fantastic!! I would love MORE shortbread recipes. Have you ever made them with white whole wheat flour?
    Good luck on the award!!!

  7. Duo Dishes- A bakery crawl sounds like the best idea ever. Ever.

  8. jane- I haven’t used white whole wheat flour yet, have you? I’ve been curious.

  9. Congratulations on the nomination – and as much as I love coffee cakes and shortbread cookies, pleas don’t limit your blog to recipes of them! I know what you mean, but you have posted so many things I have actually cooked! And not many of them are cookies. I think I will have to try these, though. They somehow seem to join a perfect crumb with the earthiness of whole wheat flour: I would have thought it was impossible.

  10. Don’t worry, Caffettiera, I will continue to do it all!

  11. I love the nuttiness of whole wheat flour in my baked goods, these sound right up my ally. Congrats on the nomination too! Well deserved.

  12. we adore whole wheat shortbread, and yes, it’s all about the flavor. love the addition of superfine sugar on top.

    and on principle? love anything that involves high fat butter + whole grain flour ;)

  13. These cookies are a huge problem for me because when I read ‘whole wheat’ I actually see ‘eat as many as you want, they’re good for you, go on, have 20.’ Slippery slope! Nevertheless, thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to make ’em and smash them together with raspberry jam :)

  14. Kudos on the nomination Tim! Oh, and the cookies too… Those look fantastic. What exactly is Plugra butter? Is it something special or can regular butter be used?

  15. Kartik- Sorry! I should have explained that. Plugra is suggested because it is high in fat and will produce especially lovely cookies. You can certainly use your normal butter.

  16. Such lovely cookies! And congrats on your nomination! You must be supremely proud!

  17. Shortbread has to be my all-time favorite type of cookie. These look so crispy and delicious and I look forward to trying them.

    Congratulations on your nomination!

  18. Ditto on the bakery crawl being the best idea ever. Dang. These cookies sound super! I’m not positive that it produces a shortbread cookie exactly (the difference being less butter?), but the recipe for sugar cookies in Sunday Suppers at Lucques is amazing.

    And congrats on your nomination. Well deserved!

  19. I love whole wheat shortbread but I make it with alice medrich’s whole wheat shortbread recipe with cocoa nibs. One time I had only whole wheat flour, no all purpose and the cookies were divine. May I also suggest these cookies: http://www.sugoodsweets.com/blog/2008/05/seaweedcookies/

  20. here is where I got the alice medrich recipe by the way (because I love luisa, and always will): http://wednesdaychef.typepad.com/the_wednesday_chef/2007/11/alice-medrichs.html

  21. These are gorgeous, Tim. Shortbread cookies are right up there on my favorite cookie list – jostling for top spot with the classic chocolate chip cookie. I’ve never added whole wheat flour to mine, but that is a nice way to feel less guilty about eating an extra one. Or three.

  22. Congrats on the nod from Saveur, by the way. Totally deserving.

  23. you’re in, what I like to call, The Best Picture Category. congrats, Tim!!!

  24. These cookies look and sound divine! I am not sure about sharing them with other people.

  25. Give me shortbread cookies over any others any day! These look divine and with whole wheat flour, I can pretend it’s somewhat healthy. Ahem. Sadly, I’m of the what?-I-have-to-weigh-this? camp. Eventually I’ll get over it.

    Congrats on the nomination. You’re right, great blogs all but I know who has my vote.

  26. They look great! I never tire of shortbread cookies, either. Or coffee cakes, for that matter. :)

  27. I have to try this recipe! I use 1/2 spelt flour and 1/2 regular in mine, no cornstarch, and make them about 1/2 inch thick.

  28. never met a shortbread cookie i couldn’t choke down. i’m so making these. probably today. and i’m glad for the whole wheat flour; it needs pulling out of it’s step-child mode when it comes to baking.

    and……INSANELY happy for your nomination!!! truly well deserved!!!!

  29. can we use pure vanilla extract in this recipe?

  30. Hi Eva- You could, but I wouldn’t. It will interefere with what I like about the flavor of these- buttery, nuttiness. It just isn’t needed.

  31. Thanks for sharing a not-too-sweet shortbread recipe! I chopped up a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and added it to the dough; mmm, so good!