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Easy shortbread cookies

This delicious, buttery, and crisp shortbread cookies recipe is probably one of the easiest you can make! Perfect for a sweet treat that dissolves in your mouth.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword shortbread cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
chill dough in refrigerator 30 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 143 kcal
Author Joanna Stephens



  • 18 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour



  1. Start by combining the butter and sugar together. 

  2. Then, add in your vanilla extract and salt.

  3. Next add in the flour. It may be somewhat crumbly, but starting to come together.*

  4. Cover your bowl and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then, work the dough into a long rectangular log.

  5. Next pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  6. With a sharp knife, slice off ¼ inch thick cookies and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13-15  minutes or until the edges are just starting to look golden. 

  7. Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack, and then serve.

Recipe Notes

*If after your shortbread cookies have chilled in the refrigerator, the dough is still crumbly, you can add a small amount more of softened butter or water. Just enough that the dough comes together. 

Store these cookies in an air-tight container or ziploc bag. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy shortbread cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 262IU5%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.