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

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Rodelle vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla wafers (or vanilla almond bark), melted
  • 1/4 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.

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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41 comments on “Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies”

  1. I love Rodale vanilla and it goes on sale often at my grocery store so I can get a huge jar for about 10 bucks. Like that’s 4 jars of other brands in 1. And for a vanilla fiend like me, well, that’s huge 🙂 I love the looks of these, Aimee! pinned!

  2. What a wonderful cookie! I’ve never used vanilla bean paste…but I’m kind of dying to now! 🙂

  3. I have never seen Rodale Vanilla! I am going to have to keep my eyes peeled because shortbread is my FAV, and vanilla bean? I die. Pinned!

  4. I’ll have to order some because my grocery store doesn’t seem to carry vanilla bean paste!!

  5. These are so beautiful perfect for the holidays and for santa.

  6. these look like the perfect cookie!! I loooove shortbread cookies! Beautiful Aimee

  7. Those look sooo good! It always amazes me how much vanilla I go though during the holiday season!

  8. I adore Rodelle vanilla paste! I could buy it just for the scent! These cookies are adorable! Shortbread is a must for the holidays!

  9. I don’t do many cookie exchanges either , but we sure do love to bake lots of cookies; these look like a great addition to any cookie tray

  10. These sound dreamy — the more vanilla the better!!

  11. So umm their vanilla sounds absolutely fantastic! And I might need to go ahead and try some, along with these insanely incredible cookies. I can’t get them out of my mind!!

  12. I LOVE these cookies, these are the ultimate Christmas cookies!!!

  13. Yay Rodelle!!!

    I love vanilla bean and it’s so genius in these shortbread cookies!

  14. I’ve never heard of vanilla paste before! Sounds incredible 🙂

  15. Shortbread. Sprinkles. Vanilla. All my favorites! Love these.

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  17. These lovely little vanilla shortbread cookies are totally getting me in the holiday mood, Aimee! And yes, I agree, Rodelle’s vanilla bean paste is the best! It’s one of my favorite ingredients… and then you put the sprinkles on! Oh, I’ll be heading to the kitchen postehaste! Thank you!

  18. I love the little flecks that vanilla beans add to baked goods. I’ve never seen vanilla paste before — I’ll have to look for it!

  19. Love the vanilla bean + shortbread combo – they sound amazing!

  20. Vanilla Bean Paste *Swoon* I could drink that stuff. Actually, don’t, it’s kind of gross. But man oh man it makes cookies sing. LOVE these fun shortbread cookies! You always make everything look so festive Aimee 🙂

  21. I always reach for my vanilla bean paste! I bet it’s amazing in a shortbread cookie!

  22. Oooh, a cookie lineup! My favorite kind. And your addition is awesome. The simplest cookies are the best. So pretty!

  23. I need that vanilla paste! These cookies look so delicious and are so festive!

  24. Oh I love vanilla bean. These look so good. Perfect for Christmas 🙂

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

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

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

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  31. Michelle

    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?

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

  33. Susan

    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!

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