Simple Short Bread Cookies!

Gail Eischeid


So simple to make, just 4 ingredients! Very versatile cookie to be made into so many different shapes and sizes! Enjoy! :)

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8 to 15
15 Min
15 Min


11 oz
butter. softened
5 1/2 oz
white sugar
2 c
all purpose flour
2 Tbsp
vanilla extract
vanilla bean, optional

How to Make Simple Short Bread Cookies!


  • 1Blend butter & sugar together, until well blended.
  • 2Add flour gradually, then add 1 T Vanilla at a time.
  • 3Optional - scrape inside of 2 Vanilla beans with knife, place scraped beans into mixture. Cut back to 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, if you decide on using the Vanilla Beans instead.
  • 4Mix until it is well blended, if dough is dry, just add 1 to 2 T water at time to form a soft dough.
  • 5Shape dough into 2 medium size balls, flatten slightly.
  • 6Roll out dough to 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick, then cut desired shape with knife into rectangle 3 inches by 2 inches (optional). You may also use a cookie cutter for different shapes.
  • 7Dust with desired color sugar, crystalized sugar, and/or candy decorations.
  • 8Place on cookie sheet at 325 F, 12 to 16 minutes.
  • 9After cookies are cooled, may ice with a drizzle of chocolate icing or your choice of icing. This is optional.
  • 10BAKER'S NOTE: I generally use Watkins Vanilla Flavoring or pure Vanilla Extract, it will save you time, than scraping the inside of the Vanilla Bean. :) Enjoy!!

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About Simple Short Bread Cookies!

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #sugar, #simple