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Shortbread Mug Lid Cookies

Shortbread mug lid cookies - easy to make and everyone will love them at your next gathering or tea party!

These delicious shortbread mug lid cookies will go perfectly with your tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Shortbread cookies are very simple to make, you can prepare the dough ahead of time, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze it for up to 1 month. Another option is to cut out the shapes and freeze them, when you need the cookies, bake them from frozen.

I flavored the shorbread dough with lemon zest, feel free to replace it with vanilla, lavender, or whatever you prefer.

Mug lid cookies make the perfect gift – wrap them up with a pretty mug, and some tea bags cookies … Your family and friends will love it!

Some tips:

  • Measure your mug and choose a round cookie cutter that is slightly bigger.
  • The dough rest time is important otherwise your cookies will not keep the shape
  • Don’t hold the cookies by the handle when you take them out from the oven. Wait until they are completely cool.


Shortbread mug lid cookies - easy to make and everyone will love them at your next gathering or tea party!
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Shortbread Mug Lid Cookies

Shortbread mug lid cookies – very easy to make, wrap them up with a pretty mug and give them to friends and family as gifts!


  • 2 cups+1 tablespoon (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3.2 oz (90 g) butter cold and diced
  • ½ cup + ½ tablespoon (85 g) icing sugar powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup (40 g) hazelnuts
  • 1.4 oz (40 g) dark chocolate


  • Place the butter and flour in a food processor and pulse until you have a sandy mixture.
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  • Transfer to a large bowl, add the icing sugar, egg, lemon zest and salt.
  • Mix the ingredients with your hands then turn the mixture onto a work surface and knead until you have a smooth dough.
  • Wrap the dough with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
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  • Roll out the dough about 0.19 inches (½ cm) thick and use a round cookie cutter to make the lids.
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  • Roll the remaining dough into small logs, 2.5 inches (6 cm) long and curve them. These are the handles on top of the lids.
  • Place the lids on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and attach the handle in the middle of the cookie. Put a piece of rolled parchment paper underneath the handle and keep it there until the cookies are out of the oven.
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  • Chill the cookies for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 347°F (175°C).
  • Bake the shortbread mug lid cookies for 15 minutes or until lightly golden, remove and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Don’t switch off the oven as you have to toast the hazelnuts.
  • Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until the skins are mostly split and the nuts are light golden brown and fragrant (about 15 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and rub the hazelnuts until the loose skins come off.
  • Let them cool completely and pulse in a food processor until chopped.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave.
  • With a small brush, spread the melted chocolate all around the side of the cookie then roll in the chop hazelnuts.
  • Put the shortbread mug lid cookies on a wire rack to dry.
  • Enjoy!
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16 comments on “Shortbread Mug Lid Cookies”

  1. These are so creative and so awesome! I love this.

  2. I can;t even handle how cute these are!5 stars

  3. What a cute and clever idea! You are so creative.

  4. Oh wow! These cookies are the perfect gift to give to any tea lover! I love it – so very yummy and creative!5 stars

  5. I’ve seen “mug lid” cookies before, but not shaped like a lid! I’m clapping wildly at your creativity. :)

  6. What a fun way to keep tea or hot cocoa hot…fabulous.

  7. What a lovely and cute idea. I love these shortbread mug lid cookies!!! :)

  8. Wow, such an adorable idea! This would be perfect for a luncheon or baby shower.

  9. This is such an adorable idea!! So clever!

  10. Elena, this has to be the cleverest Idea I have seen. I love the mug lids idea. They also look like tiny sombreros.5 stars

  11. What a cute idea! Not only do you keep your coffee warm but you can eat the lid afterwards!

  12. This is such a ridiculously cute idea! And I just love that you can make the dough ahead and refrigerate it or freeze it until needed! Brilliant!

  13. love this fun take on such a delicious treat; thanks for sharing!5 stars

  14. How fun. What a clever idea and recipe.

  15. I love how fast and easy to make this is! Perfect!

  16. These are the cutest cookies I have seen in a while. Amazing.5 stars