Great-Grandma Hearn's Christmas Shortbread

My husband and I were gifted a cook book when we were married, hand written with love by his wonderful Grandma Seaman.  Within it is this shortbread recipe, passed on from his Great-Grandma. 

Even more special is Grandma’s written comment “I won a prize three different times with this recipe at the Creston Fair.”

I love how food connects us with family.  So, we invite you to give this (award winning!) recipe a try.

The instructions are a little vague, as many recipes can be when passed down through the generations.  I have provided the original measurements for authenticity, with metric conversions.


  • 1 lb butter (approx. 450g)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • Sprinkle of salt (not much!)
  • 4 cup plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch


Preheat oven to 325 °F (160°C).

Knead thoroughly with hands. 

Roll on floured surface.  Cut into fancy shapes- bells, stars, Christmas trees etc

Bake but watch closely, as shortbread is not supposed to become “browned”.

Decorate with icing, coloured sprinkles or chopped nuts if you like.