Easy shortbread cookies from a simple dough of butter, powdered sugar, flour, and a little vanilla. These shortbread cookies are buttery, crumbly, and delicious!
Don't you love shortbread? It's like buttery sugar melting in your mouth. Crispy, a little bit crumbly, and just sublimely butter flavored.
Easy Shortbread Cookies
And do you know what? These easy shortbread cookies are made from a simple, basic dough with ingredients that you probably already have—butter, powdered sugar, flour, and throw in a smidgen of salt. That's it. It's like magic coming out of your mixer.
I can't keep shortbread in the house because if I did, I would grow as large as the side of a barn. But I do like to make it for my friends (because I secretly want them to grow as large as a barn so then I can do it too) and it's an excellent dish to take to a pot-luck or church dinner.
Or wrap some easy shortbread cookies in cellophane and give as a gift. Or put some in a shoebox and ship it overseas to a Marine. Or just eat it all yourself. You know you want to.
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- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ tablespoon turbinado sugar or granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter for greasing pan
- Preheat oven to 300. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
- Cream butter in mixer on medium for a couple of minutes. Add powdered sugar and beat until almost fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix just until blended.
- Spread mixture into prepared pan. Dip your fingers in flour and you can spread it without sticking.
- Place pan in refrigerator for about 20 minutes or up to two days.
- Remove from refrigerator and score shortbread into bite-size pieces. Prick gently with fork.
- Sprinkle ½ tablespoon turbinado or granulated sugar over the top. Bake for about 1 hour, until golden brown. Place pan on wire rack to cool completely before slicing.