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Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies Step-by-Step

  • Author: Michelle Ferrand
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 40 cookies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake


These easy four-ingredient slice and bake shortbread cookies are rich, buttery and slightly salty…they make for a great snack with a cup of coffee.



1 cup (227g) salted butter, softened

3/4 cup (90g) powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups (282g) all-purpose flour


Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until it just becomes light and fluffy, about 1 minute.

Add flour and on low speed, beat until the dough just starts to come together, about 3 minutes.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press together to form a log. Divide the dough in half and form each piece of dough into a 6-inch log. Wrap in parchment paper and chill for at least 2 hours, up to three days.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice each log into 1/4-3/4 inch slices and evenly space on the baking sheets. You should have about 40 cookies.

Bake until the bottom edges of the cookies just start to brown, 14-16 minutes. Allow cookies to cool and serve!

Keywords: holiday, christmas, easy

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