Shortbread cookies are popular because they aren't too sweet, but still pack a bunch of flavor. Serve them plain, with a bowl of ice cream, or drizzle some melted chocolate over them.
Start by combining the butter and sugar together.
Then, add in your vanilla extract and salt.
Next add in the flour. It may be somewhat crumbly, but starting to come together.*
Cover your bowl and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then, work the dough into a long rectangular log.
Next pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
With a sharp knife, slice off 1/4 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.
Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack, and then serve.
*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.