Basic Shortbread Recipe

This  Shortbread Cookie recipe is ridiculously easy and since it bothered me to only use 3 ingredients, I added salt and vanilla to the mix,  just to make me feel like it was worth my while :).  But seriously, you simply need sugar, flour and butter and you have yourself some buttery, tender goodness, waiting to be dunked into hot chocolate while curling up in front of a good movie…

Basic Shortbread Recipe


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks of butter (or 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar  (you can use any sugar from white to brown, but the powdered sugar gives the cookie a more tender crumb)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla, then add the flour and salt, and mix until the flour is  fully incorporated without over-mixing (remember, the more you mix, the more gluten is released from the flour, which is great for bread, but not for cookies and cakes).  The dough will be very stiff at this point.  Roll it out onto a floured surface to approximately 1/4 inch thickness and cut out your shapes.  Place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until the edges start to turn slightly golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.  Let cool on wire rack.

Yields about 15 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.


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