What Are the Ingredients in a Basic Shortbread Cookie Recipe?


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Basic shortbread cookie recipes typically include all-purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter and sugar. Some recipes use confectioners' sugar instead of granulated sugar and add pure vanilla extract.

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What Are the Ingredients in a Basic Shortbread Cookie Recipe?
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Easy Shortbread Cookies

This recipe is for basic shortbread cookies. To make chai spice tea shortbread cookies, mix 2 tablespoons of loose chai tea with the flour and blend in a food processor.

Prep Time: 20 min.

Inactive Time: 30 min.

Cook Time: 14 min.

Ready In: 1 hr. 4 min.


  • 1/2 teaspoon, salt
  • 2 cups, all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon, pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup, confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup, unsalted butter
  1. Preheat the oven
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Blend the dough
  4. In a food processor, pulse together the confectioners' sugar, flour and salt. Pulse in the butter and vanilla until the dough starts to form, adding up to 1 teaspoon of water if necessary.

  5. Refrigerate the dough
  6. Remove the dough from the food processor and place onto a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the dough into a log roughly 5 inches long and 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the plastic wrap tightly around the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  7. Bake
  8. Remove the dough from the plastic wrap and slice into 1/3-inch cookies. Place on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes until the edges are light brown. Cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

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