Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Easy Shortbread Cookies

Have you ever made shortbread cookies? They’re so easy! A basic shortbread cookie has just three ingredients: butter, sugar and flour. To bump up the flavor just a bit for these cookies, I also add a little vanilla and salt.

As far as equipment, you’ll need a stand mixer (or electric beaters), a rolling pin, and some cookie cutters. I love to use seasonal “cookie cutter and stampers” because they provide the basic shape of the cookie (for example, a Christmas tree) and also include extra detail (like garland and ornaments).

For extra flavor and a little sparkle, you can dip the shortbread cookies in melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles. Gold sprinkles on dark chocolate is my favorite combination.

Here are links to the “cutter stampers” I like to use:

If you use small cookie cutters, this recipe makes a LOT of cookies, perfect for sharing with friends and neighbors. I found these cookie boxes online and they’re just the right size for gifting.

Hope you get a chance to try these easy shortbread cookies! If you’re looking for some other cookie ideas, try our easy holiday biscotti, five-ingredient coconut macaroons, or these classic chocolate chip cookies.

Easy Shortbread Cookies


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat butter until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat again. Scrape down the sides as needed. Add flour and salt and beat to combine. Do not overmix.

3. Knead the dough a few times on a floured surface. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about ¼-inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and prick with a fork, if desired.

4. Place cookies the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden on the sides and bottom. Cool on a drying rack.

5. Optional Decoration: Dip cookies in melted chocolate. While chocolate is warm, decorate with sprinkles. Set cookies on a drying rack and let chocolate dry completely before serving.

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