Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

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

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

Have you all started planning your holiday desserts?

Is that even a thing? Or am I the only one who likes to list out all the treats I’ll make this month?

I don’t usually go to cookie exchanges (probably cause I haven’t been invited), but I still love to bake cookies for Christmas!

I think shortbread cookies need to be made every holiday. You may remember these Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies or these Copycat Jingles. Both are great options for the holidays.

But today, I’ve got a new favorite. And yes, vanilla bean is involved. Actually, Vanilla Bean Paste!

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

You may have heard of Rodelle Vanilla. While I absolutely love their vanilla products, be sure to pick some of their baking cocoa up too! It’s hands down my favorite! If you can’t find their cocoa or vanilla bean paste in stores, you can pick some up on their website or Amazon searching for Rodelle.

These sweet shortbread cookies melt in your mouth with their crunchy, buttery vanilla bean base. I then melted some vanilla almond bark (or vanilla melting wafers) and spread a small bit onto each cookie. And of course, sprinkles. You can’t have a holiday cookie without sprinkles, am I right?


I’m so excited to be sharing today’s recipe while partnering with Rodelle and 10 other bloggers in the 10 days of Cookies program! Check out the others to see what they are sharing and add their recipes to your holiday baking list (I know you have one. Or want one!)

Dec. 8  —Peppermint Bark Snowball Cookie – Peabody @ Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Dec. 9  –  Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies – Kim @ LovintheOven
Dec. 10 – Soft Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Pecan Frosting – Karen @ The Food Charlatan
Dec. 11 – Vanilla Bean Shortbread – (Yep, this is me!!)
Dec. 12 – Chocolate Shortbread – Traci @ Vanilla and Bean
Dec. 15 – Vanilla + orange cranberry blondies– Nicole @ Baking Bites
Dec. 16 – Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Swirl Giant Skillet Cookie – Lyuba @ Will Cook for Smiles
Dec. 17 – Triple Cocoa Coconut Chocolate Cookies – Heather @ The Soulful Spoon
Dec. 18 – Peanut butter maple cookies – Becky @ Vintage Mixer
Dec. 19 – Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies – Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

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

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Ten Days of Cookies with Rodelle and Shugary Sweets

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp Rodelle vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cup vanilla 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.

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You can make these classy cookies anytime of year by using your favorite sprinkles. Dress them up for different holidays, or for an every day treat!

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies with a swirl of white chocolate and sprinkles!

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

**While I was not compensated for today’s post, I did receive wonderful products from Rodelle. Thank you!! All opinions are 100% my own!**

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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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