Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies are a simple, buttery, and utterly delicious cookie perfect for afternoon tea, an after school snack, or any occasion.

vanilla bean shortbread cookies, stacked, with tea cups

Vanilla bean shortbread cookies are subtle but delicious!

If you’re looking for a soft spoken, elegant cookie to pair with coffee or tea, look no further. These demure cookies speak in the hushed tones of floral vanilla bean, they quietly crunch and then melt away in your mouth. After you eat one or two, you’ll wonder why you’d ever need anything else in a cookie.

vanilla bean shortbread cookies on a blue napkin

what you’ll need:

  • butter ~ I use unsalted.
  • sugar ~ confectioner’s
  • flour ~ all purpose
  • vanilla bean
  • vanilla extract

a stack of shortbread cookies with tea

more shortbread cookies

3.57 from 125 votes

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Tea Cookies

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies are a simple, buttery, and utterly delicious cookie perfect for afternoon tea, an after school snack, or any occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Calories 117kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Cream the sugar and butter together with the vanilla bean seeds. Blend in the flour and vanilla extract. Keep stirring until the dough comes together.
  • Turn the soft dough out onto a floured surface and for into two disks, like for pie dough. Wrap the disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about an hour.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick and cut out the cookies. Place them on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
  • Put the baking sheet in the refrigerator while you clean up.
  • Bake the cookies for about 13 minutes until firm.
  • Cool on a rack


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Beth Friedman
    February 8, 2021 at 7:51 am

    5 stars
    My daughter bought me some vanilla bean paste so I googled recipes using it and saw your recipe..
    I’ve never used it before. You put in both the vanilla bean paste and vanilla?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 8, 2021 at 7:53 am

      I’m obsessed 😉 But feel free to choose one or the other.

  • Reply
    January 1, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Hi, after baking can you freeze the cookies? I plan on baking these ahead of time just wondering if they freeze well after I bake them.. Thank you

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