Read on for a word of caution to the sweet tooth readers and lovers of all things decadent. These cookies are more a butter rich than sweet cookie option. These cookies beg to be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee. It you need a sweeter version, they could be sweetened with a glaze or dipped in a chocolate/candy coating.

Traditional Shortbread Cookies

A butter rich cookie that declares it be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee.

10 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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  • 1 stick butter*

  • 4 Tbs granulated sugar; reserve 1 Tb

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 1/8 cup all purpose flour


  1. In a medium bowl, cream the butter with the first 3 Tbs of granulated sugar. Blend in the vanilla extract. Mix in all the flour just until dough forms. Use hands to form dough into a log shape. Cover or wrap the dough and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

  2. While dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 325F.
  3. Once dough has chilled you can either cut cookie rounds directly from the cookie log or roll the dough out with a rolling pin and cut with a cookie cutter.

  4. Place cookies 1-2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the cut cookies before placing in the oven. Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes just until they set. Allow to brown lightly on the edges.


*Dairy free & soy free: replace the butter with a soy free vegan option. My favorite is Earth Balance soy free vegan buttery sticks.



562.43 cal


2.52 g


112.05 g


18.45 g
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