Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

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

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies for a fun and flavorful twist on classic shortbread. Fragrant vanilla bean paste and a sprinkle topping make these melt-in-your-mouth cookies totally irresistible!


  • 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.


  • What can I substitute for vanilla paste? If you don't have vanilla paste available, I recommend using a whole vanilla bean. Scrape out the seeds and add them to the dough for a wonderful strong vanilla flavor!
  • Storage: Store in airtight container at room temperature.
  • Freeze: Store the baked cookies in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw the cookies cookies before adding melted white chocolate and sprinkles to the top.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

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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