Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Melt in your mouth, Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies. These need to be on your dessert menu ASAP!!

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies: classy holiday cookies decked out for Christmas!
Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups Ghirardelli white chocolate wafers (or vanilla almond bark), melted
  • ¼ cup sprinkles


  1. In a a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Add vanilla bean paste and mix until fully blended.
  2. Add flour and kosher salt. If the mixture is still crumbly after blending, use hands to fully combine.
  3. Place dough on a lightly floured counter. Roll into a 12inch log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. When ready to bake, slice dough into thin slices. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes in a 350 degree oven, until cookies begin to lightly brown on edges.
  5. Once cooled, spread a small amount of melted vanilla bark onto each cookie and immediate add sprinkles.
  6. Allow to set, about 15 minutes. Store in a covered container for up to 7 days. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on December 11, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. These shortbread cookies are delicious! Just made them for Christmas cookie plates and I’m so happy I doubled the recipe since my family’s already eaten almost half of them! Thanks for the delicious cookies!

  2. Such pretty and festive cookies!! Vanilla bean make everything so tasty and I’m addicted to vanilla bean paste 🙂

  3. These cookies sound amazing! I cannot find vanilla bean paste at any of my shopping locations and I will not have time to order it befor Christmas. Can vanilla extract be used instead?

    1. Instead of extract, I would use a whole vanilla bean and scrape out the seed. It will create a much stronger vanilla flavor! ENJOY 🙂

  4. These look so Soft and pillowy! I want to try them and I can’t wait to see the next cookies on the countdown!

  5. Those look incredible! I LOVE shortbread and am going to try them out for my Christmas cookies this year!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. How nice is this 10 days of Christmas? I love it, and I also love vanilla bean paste. I’m going to have to check out their products! These shortbread cookies look delicious and perfect for the holidays!

  7. I’ve never seen Rodale Vanilla! I’ll have to keep a look out for it. I love using vanilla paste and bet it’s amazing in these shortbreads. Pinned!

  8. I made a list too! We do an annual baking day which is tomorrow and I have had a list prepared for weeks so I could make sure I had all of the ingredients. I am going to a cookie exchange as well next weekend so I will have more cookies to bake. These cookies would be most welcomed at our exchange!

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