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Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies Step-by-Step

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.
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Author: Michelle Ferrand
Course: Dessert
Keyword: easy, holiday
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 40 cookies


  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups 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 ¼-3/4 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!
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Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg