By Laura Serino

Published on January 21, 2017

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The crisp and crumbly shortbread cookie is the perfect base for a myriad of flavors. Our favorites range from citrusy with a kick to all-out decadent. They’re easy to bake but look as if you’ve spent hours at the oven.

The shortbread cookie has come a long way since the buttery basic ones you grew up eating. We’ve rounded up our favorite recipes that take all the classic elements (butter, sugar, and flour) and some surprising flavors that are too good to keep stashed in a tin.

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

When life gives you lemons, make them into shortbread. This light and tasty recipe is a refreshing take on shortbread, made just a little bit sweeter cut into the shape of bunnies.

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Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

If you’ve vowed to cut out the flour in 2017, you don’t need to sacrifice your favorite sweet. This recipe calls for coconut flour so you can get your fix without breaking your paleo pledge.

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Pecan Shortbread Cookies

We go nuts—excuse the pun—when it comes to anything topped with pecans. We blame it on the post-Thanksgiving slump when we wish we’d treated ourselves to that second helping of pie. Luckily, this deliciously nutty recipe fills that void.

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Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Find your daily caffeine fix in the form of something other than a latte. Combine the taste of coffee with the sweetness of chocolate for one buzzworthy cookie.

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Chocolate Dipped

Orange Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate with a splash of cointreau? Yes, please. What better way to use up all that leftover booze from hosting holiday parties than by adding it to this tried-and-true recipe.

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

A staple recipe during the holidays, but destined to be a year-round favorite. The cranberry and orange flavor combination is just the right amount of citrus zest to have with an afternoon cup of tea.

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Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

If there’s two words we love to see before “chocolate”, it’s double dark. A totally decadent update on a classic chocolate shortbread with a heap of extra dark cocoa and dark chocolate chips.

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Salted Peanut Butter Shortbread

The adult version of a nutter butter, made even better dipped in chocolate. Just make sure you hide them from the kids.