When it comes to baking, there’s nothing like a traditional shortbread cookie. A classic combination of butter, sugar, and flour, this delightful treat has been around for centuries and is the perfect accompaniment to any tea or coffee date.

Panera Bread has taken the beloved shortbread cookie and added their own spin. This delicious recipe, inspired by the classic shortbread recipe, uses brown sugar for a hint of sweetness and oats for a touch of crunch. Best of all, these Panera Bread Shortbread Cookies are surprisingly easy to make—no advanced baking skills needed.



– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
– ½ teaspoon baking soda
– ¼ teaspoon salt
– ½ cup rolled oats
– ½ cup chopped walnuts
– ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
– 2 tablespoons milk


– 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
– 4 tablespoons milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and oats.

3. Add the chopped walnuts and mix until evenly incorporated.

4. In a separate bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the milk and mix until combined.

5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until everything is evenly combined.

6. Using your hands, roll the dough into small balls and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten the tops slightly with your fingers.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.


1. In a small bowl combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.

2. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies and let cool completely.

Enjoy your Panera Bread Shortbread Cookies! These delightful treats are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Brown sugar and oats give these cookies an added twist, while the creamy glaze is an extra touch of indulgence. Serve these cookies with coffee or an ice-cold glass of milk, and you’ll have a delicious treat that never goes out of style.