Yield: 30 cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes

The classic cookie that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face! These Shortbread Cookies show that the best cookies are sometimes the simplest. You'll love these butter cookies.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract


    1. Cream butter and powdered sugar together in a large bowl.
    2. Add flour, salt and vanilla. It becomes very crumbly. Use your hands to finish mixing it until it becomes a ball.
    3. Wrap in saran wrap, roll into a log shape and refrigerate for about 30 minutes (or longer). Slice very thin, about ¼ inch (or less).
    4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-13 minutes until just turning brown on edges. Remove and cool. Decorate or eat just the way they are! Enjoy!


  • Use soft butter. Cold butter will be hard to work into the dough and the cookie texture will be off. Did you forget to put your butter out at room temperature in advance? You can soften it with a few seconds in the microwave at 50% power!
  • This recipe makes cookies that are lightly crispy and crumbly. That means you're going to take them out of the oven before they're browned. If you want a crunchier cookie, feel free to leave the cookies in the oven for another minute or two. Just keep a close eye on them! They can burn quickly.
  • Don't forget to chill! This dough needs ample time in the refrigerator to set. This is a requirement for achieving the crumbly texture and to keep the dough together. Set aside at least 30 minutes for this step, preferably an hour or two.
  • Let them cool completely. Before you store the cookies in a container or ziploc bag, be sure they've cooled completely. Put them in while they're still warm and the steam will soften the cookies quite a bit.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 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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