The Ultimate Shortbread Cookie Recipe for Every Tea Time!

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Elegance, simplicity, and a touch of sweetness—these are the qualities that make shortbread cookies the darlings of tea time. If you’re ready to indulge in a delightful baking adventure that combines style and taste, you’re in for a treat! Here’s the ultimate shortbread cookie recipe that will elevate your tea time and leave your taste buds craving more.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter until it’s smooth and creamy.
  3. Gradually add the granulated sugar to the butter and continue to mix until the mixture is light and fluffy. If desired, add the vanilla extract for a hint of flavor.
  4. Gradually add the all-purpose flour and salt to the butter mixture. Mix until a crumbly dough forms.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it gently until it comes together. Be careful not to overwork the dough; shortbread should be tender.
  6. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness (usually around 1/2 inch) and use cookie cutters to create stylish shapes that match your aesthetic.
  7. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and prick them with a fork to create decorative patterns. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, they’re ready to enjoy with your favorite tea or coffee.