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Easy Shortbread Cookies

easy shortbread cookies Dessert European
Shortbread cookies scattered on baking rack and plate
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 4

When it comes to our favorite holiday cookies, sometimes less is more and our easy shortbread cookies prove it. Less ingredients– these cookies only have four –and less work. Just mix the batter, cut out your cookies and bake. Come to think of it, their flavors are simple, too– sinfully so. Each batch will be buttery-sweet with that light, crumbly texture no shortbread cookie should be without. MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 2, 2019

Ingredients

1
cup butter, softened
3/4
cup powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350° F. In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with spoon. Stir in flour. (If dough is crumbly, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened.)
  • 2
    Roll dough 1/2 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into small shapes by hand or use cookie cutters. Place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 3
    Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until set and bottoms are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • For best results in this recipe, use softened butter. To soften butter--leave at room temperature for 30 to 40 minutes. A faster method is to microwave butter in 5 second intervals at 50% (medium) power turning the butter frequently so butter is softened but not melted.
  • The dough for these cookies won’t spread during baking but you’ll know they’re done when they’re set on the edges and lightly golden brown.
  • For even more buttery flavor, pair this shortbread cookie recipe with our easy buttercream frosting recipe
  • With these cookies, the possibilities are endless. Dip or drizzle in melted chocolate or caramel sauce or dust lightly with powdered sugar.
  • Shortbread cookies can be placed in an airtight container and stored in the freezer for up to twelve months. Thaw covered, in container at room temperature 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
70
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
12%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Sodium
30mg
1%
Potassium
10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
7g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • You know what the greatest thing is about shortbread cookies? They’re, like, half butter. Right off the bat, you’ve got a recipe for success. After butter, you just need three more ingredients: powdered sugar, vanilla and flour. You probably have those ingredients in your kitchen at this very moment (something that would come in handy when you’re crazy busy around the holiday season). These cookies are sweet and simple and taste perfect just as they are, but if you did want to add any other ingredients, a little orange zest would be lovely.

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