Shortbread Cookies

shortbread  cookies

There is something to be said about simplicity.

Whether it’s a shortbread cookie, consisting of just a handful of ingredients, enjoyed with a hot cup of tea, or a Baby Boy realizing for the first time that if he just reaches up and grabs onto his crib rails he can pull himself up to stand, it’s just good.

shortbread cookies

There he was, sitting up like he has done so well for the past few weeks. An amazing feat unto itself considering how just a few short months ago our newborn baby could only briefly lift his head up from the mat. But sitting there in his crib today, while his Mommy took a moment to clean up, Baby Boy decided he was going to grab onto his crib. Then, using those tiny little legs and arms, he proceeded to pull himself to his knees, then his feet.

We don’t give a second thought to getting out of bed each morning and standing up; walking to our dresser, our closet, our bathroom…Anywhere we want our feet to take us. And yet it was only with great determination, trial, and error did we first learn this critical skill. And today we witnessed our beautiful Baby Boy take just another amazing, tiny step forward in his development. Pulling up, unassisted, and looking around proudly. How cool.

shortbread cookies

These cookies aren’t as awe inspiring as seeing Baby Boy figure out how to stand on his own. But that doesn’t take away from the greatness of this little cookies simplicity. While there are plenty of exciting and decadent desserts you can bake, sometimes you just can’t beat a simple shortbread cookie served with a steaming hot cup of tea.

These shortbread cookies take next to no time to prepare. Key if you have guests coming over – be it for Thanksgiving or just to visit – or just want to enjoy by yourself.

shortbread cookies

Cook Time: 20 minutes


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


  1. Combine all ingredients; using your hands to knead until ingredients are blended. Press into an ungreased pan (or chill and roll out to about 1/2-inch on a floured board and cut into shapes).
  2. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Cut when cool.

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