Stupid-Easy Recipe for Best Ever 4-Ingredient Shortbread (#1 Top-Rated)


Picture classic tender, buttery shortbread cookies, made easy. The cookie has 4 simple ingredients and does not need to be rolled out, just baked and cut into pieces. We went for a low and slow baking process to bring out the cookie’s full flavor.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Best Ever 4-Ingredient Shortbread.

1. Info for Best Ever 4-Ingredient Shortbread

  • Cook Time: 55 min
  • Total Time: 55 min
  • Servings: 36
  • Calories: 101.41 kcal

2. Ingredients for Best Ever 4-Ingredient Shortbread

  • 1 1/4 cup salted butter (softened, cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3. Directions:

3.1 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

3.2 Prep

Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.

Put the butter and powdered sugar into a stand mixer bowl or large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed to blend, then switch to medium speed and beat until soft and light. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing until fully combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Press the dough into the prepared baking dish using a flat hand and fingers until dough is a smooth, even layer about 1/2 inch thick. With a fork, dock dough across the short side of the dish in lines about 1 inch apart. Freeze for 5 minutes.

3.3 Oven

Bake the shortbread on middle rack of oven until golden, 35-45 minutes.

3.4 Check

Check to see that shortbread is done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.5 Prep

Cool shortbread on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.

Starting from a long side, cut the shortbread in the dish into 1-inch strips. Working from a short side, cut strips in quarters to create rectangular cookies. Let cool completely in dish, about 2 hours.

3.6 Serve

Gently remove cookies from dish using a small offset spatula. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week, or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


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