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. Here are 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


  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup (80 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (280 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 g) salt


1. Preheat oven to 350 F (176 C). 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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