Easter Bunny Butter Shortbread Cookies With Lemon Drizzle

Easter Bunny Butter Shortbread Cookies



The best memories I have of baking especially at Easter is coming into the kitchen after school and smelling and seeing what my mom had baked. My favourite cookie that my mum would make is the butter shortbread cookie which I will share with you here today.These butter shortbread cookies are super easy to make and decorate and are far better to make homemade vs store-bought cookies.

My mum used to make these amazing double shortbread cookies which are two pieces of shortbread loaded with jam in the middle and icing on top. We always used to fight over those when we were kids just because they were doubled up and stuffed cookies.

After moving to Canada I had to get this shortbread recipe from mum so I could bake it with my kids, which is actually my grandma’s recipe. I love lemon and so does my family which is why I created this shortbread cookie with lemon drizzle. My youngest Rhia is the helper to decorate the cookies even though she eats more than the actual decorating.

Of course there is always a fight to see who gets to finish off the lemon drizzle icing or to have the first taste of these butter shortbread cookies. Seeing the joy in my children’s eyes reminds me of when I was a child. I always make sure there is enough to go around for all of my family. Between you and I though, I always have the last one, it’s called a bakers privilege in our house. My mums coconut squares which she makes from potatoes, and her millionaires shortbread which is a shortbread cookie, then caramel topped off with chocolate are two other cookies I miss from back home in Scotland.

How to make the perfect shortbread?

Making shortbread really is an easy no fail recipe as long as you follow the directions. I was taught the secret to making the perfect shortbread is by going slow and easy with your dough. If you don’t have patience it will crumble but you can correct that by using the heat from your hands to mould the cookie dough again. It’s all worth it in the end for the buttery, crumbly biscuit of shortbread.

I make shortbread cookies all year round for my family because they enjoy them and to include the kids to create lasting memories of baking with their mum that can go on for generations. Shortbread cookies are also great with strawberries and cream or you can dip half  the shortbread in chocolate for the chocolate lovers out there. Whichever way you choose to eat your shortbread cookies the best part is that it’s a very versatile cookie

I hope you all enjoy -Nicola Don

 Cookie Cost Breakdown 
  • Corn Starch – $1.78 for 1 tub cornstarch can check
  • $3.49 for 1 1lb block butter
  • $3.29 Icing sugar 2lb bag
  • $7.97 All-Purpose Flour 10kg bag
  • $1 for 2 Lemons
Preheat Oven: Bake in 300 deg F (150 deg C) oven for 15-120 mins or until edges browned.  Cool on wire rack before decorating.
Yield: Makes approx. 24 cookies depending on how big you want them and what size of cutter you use.
Grandma’s Butter Shortbread Recipe


  • 1/2 cup cornflour (starch) 125ml
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar 125ml
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour) 250ml
  • 3/4 cup of softened butter (175ml) room temperature is best.
  • 1 lemon rind finely grated (keep back some rind for the icing drizzle and keep all the juice) (you may want 2 lemons depending on how much lemon flavour you want in the cookie and the drizzle)

Butter Shortbread Dough

  • Sift together corn starch, icing sugar, and flour with wooden spoon
  • I usually get in there with my hands to feel the texture and blend in the butter and the lemon rind (keep some of the lemon rind back for icing if you are doing the drizzle) until soft, smooth dough forms.
  • If dough is too soft to handle, cover and chill for 30-60 mins.

Easter Bunny Shortbread ready for oven wm

  • Either roll small balls then flatten with a lightly floured fork then place 11/2″ (4cm) apart on ungreased cookie sheet; OR 
  • With a rolling-pin, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface by using the palm of your hand first as the heat will make it easier to flatten to 1/4″ (6mm) cut into shapes with cookie cutters. I used the rabbit shape here for Easter
  • Decorate whatever way you want or use a lemon icing drizzle like I have

Easter Bunny Butter Shortbread Baked

Lemon Icing Drizzle

Lemon Drizzle Icing

  • 1 whole lemon for juice (for making the most of the juice of a lemon put in the microwave for about 45 seconds which lets out more juice)
  • Mix in 4-5 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • Combine all ingredients until it’s quite thick
  • Taste to see how sharp it is you may need to add more icing sugar
  • Then place in a ziplock bag, snip a small end of the bag and ice your cookies  
  • What I do is have it quite thick first to go round the edges then let it dry 
  • With the leftover icing I put it back into the bowl add more lemon or water to thin it down slightly then ice the inside as this will prevent icing from going all over the place
Decorated Easter Bunny Butter Shortbread 

Butter Shortbread with Lemon Drizzle

 Butter Shortbread with Lemon Drizzle

Decorated Butter Shortbread Bunnies

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  1. My favourite memory of Easter as a child would have to be the Easter egg hunts. We did this until we were up a bit older too. And also every year getting together with family for a big turkey dinner. We still do this now, and keep the traditions going. # CBB

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe Nicola! Easter was always lots of fun we would wake up early enough on Sunday morning to decorate our boiled eggs – we colored them with crayons – before going to church. We always got a new Easter outfit a solid chocolate bunny – my favorite was the Mr. Krispy bunny. When my girls were young we would have an Easter egg hunt outside if the weather was nice enough, they too got new outfits and a basket of goodies. #CBB

  3. My favorite memory of Easter was going to my uncle’s house and going on a Easter Egg hunt with all my cousins. It was a very fond memory as a child.

  4. This year my grand-daughter turns 3 (on April 4th) and we hid a ton of chocolate eggs throughout the main floor of the house for her to find. We were laughing about the year I decided to have a hunt for the kids in our townhouse complex. I dutifully hid loads of chocolate eggs in the yard the night before. What I didn’t factor in were the squirrels in the neighbourhood. Apparently squirrels love chocolate. When the kids began to search for eggs, what they found were empty foil wrappers. It wasn’t funny at the time but now that story is told every year.

  5. These look so good Nicola!!! I need to save this recipe as my sister-in-law loves shortbread, so I know she will love it!!, I’ve made a carrot cake done up like a bunny for years as my daughter’s birthday is around then and that’s what she always wanted for her birthday… A carrot bunny cake!, She got her cake Friday when we all went to her Aunt’s place, SIL loves my carrot cake too. My daughter just called to say her and the grandson are on the way for supper and a visit. I have her birthday gift ready as tomorrow is her birthday….. My April Fools trick on the world!!!! My beautiful girl……..

  6. Not Canadian,but I love how my Grandma used to make all kinds of little Easter decorations and she always had some sort of cake with pink icing. Since our daughter’s birthday was 2 days before Easter this year, it has been one weekend of celebration. Those cookies are adorable. I think she’d love them. I bet they taste just as good on other days besides Easter as well.

  7. My favourite Easter memory is when my sister’s were younger and we would each follow our trail of chocolate eggs from our rooms all the way downstairs to our waiting gifts followed by a crazy Easter egg hunt through the house 🙂

  8. Adorable! and I bet they are so tasty. I love shortbread and I love lemon icing. Happy Easter to you and yours!

    1. That would be a dream!! I can’t tell the fans to like and share on FB but it would help if they did to spread the word!! We’ll get there. Thanks again for this awesome recipe Nicola!! Fans like you make CBB a better place to hang out every day! Cheers Happy Easter

  9. My favorite Easter was the year that Mom and Dad drove to California to spend the holiday with family friends. There were 3 girls in our family and 3 boys in theirs…enough to make for a great Easter Egg Hunt outside. It wasn’t our family tradition to hunt for eggs so it all seemed very exciting to me! It was in fact my first and only Easter Egg Hunt and I never forgot the thrill! 🙂 #CBB

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