lemon shortbread cookies with vanilla bean

These lemon shortbread cookies are the perfect trifecta of lemon, vanilla bean and butter. They’re crispy, tender and packed vibrant lemon.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 30 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • zest of 4 lemons, grated
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, cool room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • sanding sugar


  1. Combine lemon zest, sugar and salt in a spice grinder or small food processor and process until a smooth, thick paste is formed.


Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Keywords: lemon shortbread cookies