This shortbread cookie recipe is one of the simplest recipes I know. With only four ingredients, you can make a delicious, light,butteryr 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. These are eggless shortbread cookies and are made with just 4 ingredients.
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These cookies have a rich, buttery flavor and a crumbly texture that make them an ideal addition to your holiday party table.
Get ready to indulge in the joy of baking these classic shortbread cookies and make every moment a celebration of buttery goodness!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Buttery Shortbread Bliss: Indulge in the rich, buttery flavor that defines the perfect shortbread cookie.
- Simple Ingredients, Stunning Results: With just a handful of everyday kitchen staples, you can create a batch of delicious cookies.
- Versatility in Shapes: Whether it's hearts, traditional rounds, festive shapes, or your personal preference, these cookies are easily customizable.
- Perfect for Any Occasion: From holiday gatherings to everyday sweet treats, these cookies are a delightful addition to any moment.
Ingredients for easy shortbread cookies
- Butter - softened
- Vanilla extract
- All purpose flour
Equipment and kitchen tools
- Rolling pin
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters
- Parchment paper lined baking pan
How to make homemade shortbread cookies
Heat oven to 375
In a large bowl, mix together softened butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer.
Add flour to the mixture, about ½ cup at a time, and mix well.
Roll dough on a lightly floured work surface until ½ inch thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut the shortbread dough into shapes, and place the cut cookies on a greased or lined cookie sheet.
Bake cookies for 13–15 minutes, until golden brown.
Let it cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing it from the cookie sheet.
Tips for best results
- For a crumbly texture, use European butter with a higher butterfat content.
- If using a stand mixer, attach the paddle attachment and mix at low speed for the perfect dough consistency.
- Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking and achieve the desired thickness.
- Use a silicone mat to line your baking sheet, if you have one.
- 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).
Substitutions and Variations
- Try different shapes and sizes for a fun twist.
- Experiment with flavored sugars or add a hint of melted chocolate on top.
- You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar for another layer of flavor.
- Unsalted butter works best for this recipe.
- Top each cookie with icing sugar or confectioner's sugar for extra sweetness and presentation.
- You can add ½ cup of chopped almonds to the dough before cooking for a nice variation of this cookie.
I hope you loved these 4 ingredient shortbread cookies! I am all about EASY recipes.
FAQs About This Recipe
No. A hand mixer works well for this recipe.
Store them in an airtight container to maintain their freshness.
Yes, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze it for future baking.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ 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 ½ cup at a time and mix well.
- Roll dough on lightly floured surface until ½ 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.
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