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Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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This shortbread cookie recipe is one of the simplest recipes I know. With only four ingredients you can make a delicious light, butter cookie that is perfect for any day.

Shortbread cookies were my mom’s favorite and every time I bake these I think back to the little white recipe card my mom had. They were called “Can Do” cookies on the card and we made them many times together.

For Valentine’s Day, I like to roll them out and make little heart butter cookies, but you can also roll these and cut them into circles using a glass or a round cookie cutter. They are so versatile and you can add a little icing or top them with sprinkles for any occasion.

Heart shaped Shortbread Cookies

Hello friends! How is everyone recovering after the big game yesterday? We enjoyed watching it with friends even though it poured rain outside most of the day.

It’s cold, rainy days like these that make me want to bake some fresh hot cookies and enjoy them with a nice hot beverage. These shortbread cookies are buttery and so easy!

Shortbread cookie recipe

Some things to remember about these cookies are that you can double the recipe to make two dozen and you can dipthe finished cookie in melted chocolate for a fun guilty pleasure.

Shortbread cookies heart-shaped

If you’re looking for some other fun Valentine cookies to make be sure to try these other Valentine’s Day cookie recipe ideas:

Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies – A soft cream cheese cookie that is sure to make someone smile.

Easy Valentine’s Day Gift Idea – a fun gift idea for kids to make for family members.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Round up – A whole round up of Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipes.



Shortbread Cookies on plate

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Shortbread Cookies

This shortbread cookie recipe is one of the simplest recipes I know. With only four ingredients you can make a delicious light, butter cookie that is perfect for any day. 
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, cookie, cookies, dessert, picnic, shortbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 65kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour


  • Heat oven to 375•]
  • In a large bowl, mix together softened butter, sugar and vanilla
  • Add flour to the mixture about 1/2 cup at a time and mix well.
  • Roll dough on lightly floured surface until 1/2 inch thick.
  • Use a cookie cutter and place cut cookies onto a greased or lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake 13-15 minutes.
  • Let cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Shortbread Cookies with Almonds

You can add 1/2 cup of chopped almonds to the dough before cooking for a nice variation of this cookie.


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A pastry cutter works well with this recipe, but clean hands are the best way to thoroughly mix the dough.

You can make the dough ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until ready to roll and cut.

Use parchment paper on the cookie sheet for easy clean up (and in my opinion, a better-baked cookie).


I hope you loved these 4 ingredient shortbread cookies! I am all about EASY recipes. 

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Shortbread cookies recipe





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Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats from Bree of Baked Bree
Tiger Butter Candy from Melissa of MamaGourmand
Valentine’s Day Gluten Free Sugar Cookies from Brianna of Flippin’ Delicious
Chocolate Spritz Sandwich Cookies from Carlee of Cooking With Carlee
Pink Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies from Jenn of Ever After in the Woods
French Butter Cookies from Rebekah of Kitchen Gidget
Brown Sugar M&M Cookies from Sara of Imperfectly Balanced Sara
mini rose cookies from Meaghan of the decorated cookie
Raspberry Linzer Cookies from Stephie of Stephie Cooks
Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting from Coleen of The Redhead Baker
Lemon Poppyseed Cookies from Becca of Two Places at Once
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