Recipe courtesy of Claire Robinson
Classic Shortbread Cookies in 4 Ingredients with added 1 ingredient Variations
Total:
1 hr 4 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
approximately 65 cookies
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 4 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
approximately 65 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Classic Version in 4 ingredients:
Chai Spice Tea Shortbread Cookies:
Toasted Pecan Shortbread Fingers:

Directions

Classic Version in 4 ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Add the flour, salt, and powdered sugar to a food processor and pulse to combine. Add in the vanilla, the butter and the 1 teaspoon of water. Pulse together just until a dough is formed. Put the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 5 inches long. Tightly twist each end of the wrap in opposite directions. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Slice the log into 1/3-inch thick disks. Arrange on nonstick cookie sheets, parchment lined or silpat lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges are just light brown, about 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans half way through the baking process. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool until room temperature. Enjoy!

Variations:

Chai Spice Tea Shortbread Cookies:

Pulse together the tea with the flour and salt in a food processor just until the tea is in small pieces evenly distributed throughout the flour. Then add the powdered sugar, vanilla, the butter and the 1 teaspoon of water. Continue as instructed above.

Toasted Pecan Shortbread Fingers:

Pulse the toasted and chopped pecans into the dough and then shape into a flattened round disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. On a flour dusted surface, roll the dough out to approximately 1/3-inch thick. (If the dough is too hard to roll or begins to crack, let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes until pliable.) With a sharp knife, cut the dough into rectangle shapes about 1 by 3-inches. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets and follow the cooking instructions as above. Dust slightly cooled cookies with powdered sugar through a fine mesh strainer.

Cook's Note

Store in airtight container for up to a week or freeze uncooked log for up to a month. Also, use the freshest ingredients possible for the best tasting cookies.

More from:

12 Days of Cookies

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Sugar Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Ginger Shortbread

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson

Chewy Fig and Almond Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Classic Glazed Ham

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Classic Pound Cake

Recipe courtesy of Virginia Willis

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Craveworthy Eats 3 Videos

Crave-Worthy Egg Sandwich 03:24

Claire puts her own spin on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Cupcake Wars

          10am | 9c

          Cupcake Wars

          11am | 10c

          Cupcake Wars

          12pm | 11c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30pm | 1:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          3:30pm | 2:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          4:30pm | 3:30c

          Chopped

          5pm | 4c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c

          Chopped

          8pm | 7c

          Chopped

          9pm | 8c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10pm | 9c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10:30pm | 9:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          11:30pm | 10:30c

          Chopped

          12am | 11c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          1:30am | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30am | 1:30c

          Chopped

          3am | 2c

          Mystery Diners

          4:30am | 3:30c

          Get Cooking