From the Recipe Box: Classic Shortbread

by kitchenarian on December 2, 2010

I love shortbread. I love to smell the butter as it bakes in the oven. I love the way it melts in your mouth as you bite into it. I love the fact that I can bake it all in one pan. Now don’t think that I am the Scrooge of cookie baking, but I must admit cookies can be sooo time consuming. This is one of the many things that I miss about having Sous Chef at home. She loves to bake cookies. She will mix up a big batch of cookie dough and sit in the kitchen for hours monitoring cookies while reading a good book.  OK, getting back to the subject at hand…

Good quality ingredients are critical to this cookie.  With only four ingredients in the recipe, don’t skimp on quality here. I highly recommend using Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. I wrote a product review of it several months ago. Click here if you want to know more about this incredible vanilla.


¾ cup butter, room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 inch pan. I used my food processor to mix the ingredients for this recipe. Cream the butter until it’s light. Add the powdered sugar and the vanilla. Add the flour ½ cup at a time. Scrape out of your bowl and form into a ball. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Firmly press the dough into the pan. Prick with a fork and bake for 30- 35 minutes or until lightly brown. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Loosen the edges with a knife and invert onto a cutting board. Cut into small squares or long finger slices while still warm.


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sous-chef December 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Those cookies look fantastic! And yes, you are right- I absolutely love baking cookies. I’m sure I’ll whip up many batches of cookies during this long Christmas break soon, book in hand as always 🙂


RavieNomNoms December 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I bet those taste heavenly! Sometimes there is nothing better than a shortbread cookie.


HappyWhenNotHungry December 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I love shortbread and these look so good! Thanks for sharing 🙂


Toby December 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm

yummers! I picked up some local butter the other week and was looking for something to use it for… Thanks for the brain kick start!


Lou December 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm

They do look VERY good.


Claudia December 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I love shortbread – you are right – they are just so classic and they need the best ingredients. Yours just beckon!


Evan @swEEts December 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Shortbread is by far one of my favorite cookies.. so buttery and delicious. I am determined to make some for the holidays, thanks for sharing yours 🙂


Lauren December 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

Those look delightful and super easy. I love making cookies too, and am always looking for something new to make—I bake when I get bored! I might try these this weekend.


Gourmet Gadget Gal December 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I love shortbread too. This post makes me think of a shortbread cookie my mom used to make that had a sticky glaze and toasted almonds on top – it was cut into diamond shapes. You are right about feeling like cookies are time consuming – I am bringing up my boys to make cookies and they’ll soon be old enough to turn over the kitchen to them. I hope. I think I’ll go make a cookie wish list.


Yin December 3, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I was just given shortbread recipes last week when I attended one of my monthly cooking class. They tasted so tasty, got me addicted. I would love to try your version too. Thanks for sharing.


Magic of Spice December 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I love shortbread and these look delightful 🙂


Kitchen Hideaway December 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Shortbread is one of those items that I get such intense cravings for. I tried making it once with a maple coconut topping. The taste was outrageous, but they sure didn’t look as pretty as yours. Will have to try out your recipe!


Sprinkles of Parsley December 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Love the simplicity of this dish! Looks wonderful 🙂


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