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shortbread, butter cookie, sugar cookie - what is the difference?

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should i expect differences in dough consistency, taste or whatnot?

has anyone tried comparing the recipes of the cookies to notice any differences?
thanks!

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    1. As understand it:
      Shortbread is essentially a biscuit dough with added sugar and very high amounts of butter which makes it crumbly.
      Butter cookie dough very much like shortbread but has more sugar making it less crumbly.
      Sugar cookies are butter cookies topped with a layer of sugar when the come out of the oven.

      1. If you're interested in the original history of each, there is a good deal of information on the differences of all three by definition and origin. ie: http://www.englishteastore.com/shortb...

        If made correctly, all three taste different and should appeal to what you're looking to bake. More butter flavor, more sugar, more crisp. Although modern bakers can blur the lines for all three types, the history of each is very clear and very interesting.

        1. Shortbread is traditionally very crumbly and buttery and not particularly sweet. You press it into a sheet pan to bake and poke holes all over it to ensure that it won't rise.

          Sugar cookies are usually crisp, not crumbly, and a lot sweeter.