Basic Butter Shortbread

Photo: Diana Rattray
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 30 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
76 Calories
7g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These wonderful buttery shortbread cookies are flavored with a little vanilla. Bake these rich butter shortbread cookies for your friends and family. 


  • 8 ounces butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 325 F.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

  3. Using your hands, knead the dough until ingredients are blended.

  4. Press into ungreased pans (or chill and roll out to about 1/2-inch on a floured board and cut into shapes).

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

  6. Cut into wedges while warm or break apart.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies, depending on how you shape them.