shortbread cookie recipe

These are the best shortbread cookies! They're tender, crisp, and packed with rich butter and vanilla bean flavor. A simple, easy classic.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: about 12 2-inch squares
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 sticks salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped (can substitute 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar, for coating


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.


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Keywords: shortbread cookies