Photo Food Fight – Shortbread Cookie Battle!

by Chris Tecmire

Shortbread Comparison

They say a picture is worth 1000 words.  I’m putting that statement to the test.

Photo Food Fights is a series designed to more effectively demonstrate how to make wise decisions when it comes to everyone’s favorite topic – food.  Two or three food items will square off in a battle to the death to determine which is the best deal.  Today’s battle…

Shortbread Cookies 

It doesn’t get any simpler than a shortbread cookie, but it doesn’t get much better either.  They’re little morsels of rich, flaky deliciousity – a simple and satisfying treat.

But, hang onto your wallet because ooh boy can they be expensive!  Take a stroll down the cookie aisle at your local market and you’ll see boxes of shortbread cookies no bigger than your average greeting card for $4.00 or more.

And yet, here’s the irony…they’re just butter, sugar, and flour!  I understand that the cookie companies need to make a profit, but you and I need to make a profit too.

Without further ado…the following food fight matches Lorna Doone vs. Homemade Shortbread Cookies.  May the best cookie win!

Shortbread Comparison

Clearly this was not a fair fight.  Poor Lorna Doone and the rest of her supermarket friends never stood a chance.  Because the homemade cookies are twice as large, we’ll compare ounces instead of number of cookies.  For $2.00 we can have only 4 ounces of store-bought cookies (16 small cookies), but we can make 20 ounces (40 large cookies) of the homemade variety.  That’s a 5 to 1 advantage!

If you want to take the savings to another level, you could use margarine instead of butter and make an additional 40 cookies for the same price!

Give this recipe a try next time you’re in the mood for some shortbread.  It’s delicious, inexpensive, and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Super Easy Shortbread Cookies

Price Per Serving:  Only $0.10

Serving Size:  2 Cookies (1 oz.)This recipe makes 15 servings

Deliciousness Factor:  Very High


1 cup Butter or Margarine

1/2 cup Sugar

2 cups Flour

1/8 tsp Salt


1.  Preheat the oven to 350˚.

2.  Cream the butter and sugar together.

3.  Add the flour and mix well, adding a tiny bit of water to the dough if it’s too dry.

4.  Roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thickness and cut into whatever shape your little heart desires.  I usually use stars about 2 ½ – 3 inches wide.

5.  Bake for about 8 or 9 minutes, until slightly golden.

6.  Enjoy!

Lemon Glaze Option:  (It will only add about $0.01 per cookie – still much cheaper than store-bought)

1 cup + 1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Dash of Salt

2 ½ – 3 tsp of Hot Water

Mix it all together and spread over each cookie to form a thin lemon glaze.  Allow the glaze to harden fully before eating.  It’s a subtle glaze, so if you want some extra punch, simply add a little extra lemon juice.

This frugal recipe, along with 150 other delicious recipes that will cost you less than $1 per serving, can be found in Eating Well For Only $2 A Day!  You can read more about it on the “The Book” page on this blog, or follow the link provided to purchase it on our secure site.  Don’t forget that email subscribers receive a 20% coupon that can be used as many times as you’d like.

Also, if you enjoyed this shortbread cookie comparison, please share it with someone (or everyone).  Thanks!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

kim June 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

BUTTER all the way for the shortbread cookie experience, this is not a time to “skimp”!!


Chuck Thomas November 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I really like shortbread cookies, but stopped buying Lorna Doone a long time ago. Tooooooo much money for next to nothing. This article says these cookies are just flour, butter & sugar. Wrong, have you checked the ingredients in Lorna Doone, no butter, no margerine. I am a senior and I remember in days gone buy, butter was used in Lorna, but no more.
Thanks for the recipe, I will try it. I make all my own cookies, pies & cakes.


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