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Shortbread Cookies

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. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48
Author: Jill


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



  • 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.