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Shortbread Cookies – Only 5 Ingredients!

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This easy to make Shortbread Cookies recipe creates the cutest cookies, perfectly sweet and full of buttery flavor. This is just the right cookie to pair with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa. Dust them with powdered sugar or serve with strawberry or raspberry jam for extra sweetness.

Shortbread Cookie Press Cookies in a white basket with a red napkin

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies are such a wonderful classic cookie. They’re not too sweet and have that melt-in-your-mouth crisp texture that makes them really unique. These cookies are baked just long enough to lightly brown around the edges, so they do stay a little softer in the middle. I think you’re going to love these little gems!

For more classic and not-so-classic cookie recipes, don’t miss these: Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting | Dark Chocolate Cookies | Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies | Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies | 4-Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Shortbread Cookie Press Cookies (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Butter – use salted butter for this recipe.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract – because there are so few ingredients in these cookies, the vanilla is key. I recommend you use a good-quality pure vanilla extract.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk – I like to use whole milk for baking, but you can use any milk you prefer.

ingredients to make Shortbread Cookie Press Cookies

How to Make Shortbread Cookie Press Cookies

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.

Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together, then add the milk and stir until combined.

shortbread cookie dough in a KitchenAid mixing bowl

Scoop the dough into a cookie press. Press the cookies out onto an un-greased, un-lined cookie sheet, leaving about 1-inch between each cookie.

using a cookie press to make shortbread cookies

Bake the cookies at 350ºF for about 6 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool.

Shortbread Cookie Press Cookies in a white basket

Cookies as Gifts

Shortbread Cookies make a really lovely edible gift. Just pack them into a cookie tin or a large glass jar, attach a small card, and give as gifts for teachers, friends, coworkers, and family members.

stacked Shortbread Cookie Press Cookies

How to Store the Cookies

Keep the cookies in an airtight food storage container at room temperature for up to five days, or freeze in a zip-top freezer bag for up to three months.

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Shortbread Cookies

Published By Jill
This easy to make Shortbread Cookies recipe creates the cutest cookies, perfectly sweet and full of buttery flavor. This is just the right cookie to pair with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa. Dust them with powdered sugar or serve with strawberry or raspberry jam for extra sweetness. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 21 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups (4 sticks/1 pound) butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together, then add the milk and stir until combined.
  • Scoop the dough into a cookie press. Press the cookies out onto an un-greased, un-lined cookie sheet, leaving about 1-inch between each cookie. 
  • Bake the cookies at 350ºF for about 6 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool.
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Shortbread Cookie Press Cookies

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