Ted Lasso Shortbread Bars

ted lasso shortbread bars
Ted lasso shortbread bars

If you’ve never watched Ted Lasso, you will hate these Ted Lasso shortbread bars. Just kidding, they are regular shortbread, but you should watch Ted lasso. If you’ve never watched, the main character Ted bakes shortbread and brings them to his boss every morning. She wants to not indulge in them but they are just too delicious for her not to. So obviously, I had to make them! I did not share, therefore no cute pink boxes to show them in.

Now, I cannot say these are the ACTUAL Ted Lasso official recipe shortbread bars, because they aren’t. I don’t know if they taste the same, because I don’t remember what’s in their recipe. What I can tell you though is it is a mouth watering shortbread. It has only 5 ingredients if you don’t count the coarse sugar and flaky salt we top it with, but even including those, 7 ingredients is pretty simple.

Shortbread might be popular because of it’s superb flavor, but one of the other things I love about making it is that it’s so easy and the ingredient list is so short. These shortbread bars are ultra buttery, both sweet and a little salty and crisp. If you want them to be a little softer, shorten the bake time. If you’re looking for other shortbreads that are just as tasty I’d recommend:

Ted Lasso Shortbread Bars Key Ingredients

  • Butter – I’m tempted to make this all of the key ingredients because honestly butter is so so important in shortbread. It’s where the flavor is, so please, splurge on good butter for this recipe. It makes a difference. You want a good butter with a higher ratio of butterfat. Personally, I like this one.
  • Powdered Sugar – Some people make shortbread with granulated sugar, and I have in the past but I think powdered sugar helps give a melt in your mouth texture that is to die for.
  • Flaky Sea Salt – I know it might seem odd, but topping the bars with both sugar and salt gives them a textured crunch and a mostly sweet but a hint of salt that is divine. Don’t skip!

Ted Lasso Shortbread Bars

5 from 3 votes
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Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 35 minutes
Servings: 15 Bars


  • 226 g Unsalted butter 1 cup, room temperature
  • 100 g Powdered sugar scant cup
  • ¾ tsp Sea salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 240 g AP flour 2 cups
  • Demerara or Turbinado sugar sprinkling
  • Flaky sea salt sprinkling


  • Line an 8×8 pan with parchment, set aside. Parchment will help you remove the cookies from the pan when they are hot, don't skip using!
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer or a medium bowl with hand mixer, cream together powdered sugar and butter until smooth and creamy.
  • Add vanilla and salt and combine.
  • Add flour and mix on low until crumbly.
  • Using your hands, bring the dough together by pressing it together.
  • Press your cookie dough into an even layer into your prepared pan. Place the pan into the refrigerator to chill for 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 325°F while cookie dough chills.
  • When cookie dough has sufficiently chilled, generously sprinkle the top with coarse sugar and lightly with flaky sea salt.
  • Bake your shortbread for about 35 minutes. Check at 30 minutes. Remove from oven when shortbread is golden brown on edges. For a softer cookie, remove before it reaches a golden coloring on edges (about 30 min).
  • Remove shortbread from oven. Allow to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes then carefully remove to a cutting board. Cut the cookies while warm into bars.
  • Allow cookies to cool, then enjoy! Shortbread will firm up while it cools. Store in an airtight container.
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