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Overhead of star shaped shortbread cookies with chocolate and coconut sprinkles

Shortbread Cookies

The simplest, softest, most buttery cookie!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, cookies, holiday, shortbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 45 cookies
Calories 130 kcal
Author Deana Kabakibi


  • 2 cups salted butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees (180C). Prepare a parchment lined baking sheet.

  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy

  3. Stir in vanilla. Add flour 1 cup at a time, stirring to incorporate before adding the next cup.

  4. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour to overnight. Then roll out dough on well floured surface, making sure not to roll too thin, no less than 1/4", and cut into preferred shapes.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to make them plain, dip in chocolate, coconut, nuts, or make with a thumbprint filled with jam!