Last updated on December 12th, 2023.

These Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies are made with 100% Rye flour, brown butter, a small amount of brown sugar and are the perfect tea time cookies.

Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

If you never baked using Rye flour, then this recipe is a great place to start. Rye flour has a very distinct nutty flavor which at first I thought it was a bit too much. But 3 bites into my cookies and I was hooked.

The cookies are not overly sweet and have a very earthy, unsophisticated taste to it. I feel that unlike chocolate chips cookies (or Oreo) where I can not eat enough (or fast enough), these cookies are more about enjoying them one bite at a time.

What is Rye Flour:

Rye flour is a powdered milled from whole Rye grains berry of the Rye wheat. There are a few types of Rye flour, white rye, medium rye, and whole wheat rye. Each refers to the amount of bran that has been removed during the milling process.

Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

What Ingredients are in this Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies:

  • King Arthur Organic Rye flour, the reason I specified the brand is that I only used this specific brand when baking with Rye flour. If you have experience with it feel free to use your brand of choice.
  • Browned butter
  • Dark brown sugar, this sugar really adds depths to the cookies.
  • Baking powder.
  • Salt
  • Milk, it is best to use as little as possible. so please start with adding 3-4 TBS. If the dough does not come together, add a TBS at a time.

How to baked these Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies:

Even though this recipe calls for browned butter and rolling the dough it is fairly simple and easy to bake.

Firstly, we need to brown the butter and cool it to room temperature.

What is Brown Butter?

Brown butter is the result of cooking our butter to a point where the liquid in it has completely evaporated and the solid milk practicals are now dark and mostly separated from the melted butter. We end up with dark brown butter with some dark speckles of the milk particles and a deep nutty flavor.

Now, back to our recipe:

Next, we will mix the flour, salt and baking powder followed by the brown butter. At this stage the mixture should be crumbly and wet but will not hold itself together.

And lastly, it is time to drizzle in the milk. The dough needs the minimum amount of milk, just to bring it together. So, start with adding 3-4 TBS and if it does not come together add 1 TBS at a time.

Rolling and cutting the dough is our next step. I recommend to roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper to avoid it from sticking to the rolling pin.

Use your choice of cookie cutter and bare in mind that the size of the cookies will affect the baking time. (the smaller the less time it takes).

Storing the Cookies:

In a cookie jar at room temperature is best. My cookies kept fresh for 5 days.

Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

Few more notes and tips:

  • The recipe calls to roll the dough into 1/8″ thick. However, I rolled the dough int 1/4″-1/3″ as well. I found that the thinner the cookies are the more crispy they are. The texture of the cookies is a personal preference but please keep in mind that the thickness of the cookie will affect baking time as well.
  • I like my cookies with sharp edges so I did not add the baking powder. It did affect the texture a bit and made the cookies less tender and less crumbly however still super delicious.
  • This recipe is adapted from King Arthur Baking Company.


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Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword rye flour recipes, rye cookies, rye flour cookies, shortbread cookies, brown butter shortbread cookies,
Servings 12 Medium cookies


  • 10 TBS Unsalted butter (142 / 5 oz)
  • 2 Cups + 2 TBS King Arthur organic medium Rye flour (225 g / 8 oz)
  • 1/3 Cup Dark brown sugar, packed (70 g / 2.5 oz)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4-13 Cup Milk (28-76 g / 2-3 oz)


Making the Brown butter

  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter until sizzling. Continue to cook, swirling the pan regularly.

  2. Keep cooking until there is no more sizzling and the butter is a rich golden color and there is a layer of foam on top.

  3. Remove from heat and pour into a medium-sized bowl. Allow to cool at room temperature for up to 10 minutes then place in the refrigerator to chill and slightly solidify (not solid).

  4. Preheat oven to 400F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Using your fingers or a standing mixer, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  6. Add the chilled butter and work it into the flour mixture until crumbly.

  7. Drizzle in the milk, just enough for the dough comes together (start with 3 TBS and add a TBS at a time).

  8. Gather the dough into a bowl on a floured surface then roll it into 1/8"-1/4" thick.

  9. Use your choice of cookie cutter or stamps to cut out the cookies, rerolling the scraps.

  10. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets and bake for 7-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies, or until golden and dark around the edges.

  11. Remove from the oven and let cool.

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2 Comments on " Rye Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies "

  1. Dikla

    For a noncookie baker these are relatively easy and the taste very good. You state they are an American cuisine, might there be a country of origin? Thank you!

  2. Dikla

    Wow! I’m making these this year. Thanks!

    And – please – where did you get those cookie stamps? 😍

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