Simple Vanilla Shortbread

IMG_3291I made this vanilla shortbread on a quiet afternoon when I was leafing through a few cookbooks trying to find something simple and tasty but most importantly, with ingredients that I knew I had in the house. They did not disappoint. They were so sweet and crumbly, rich with vanilla and the perfect accompaniment for a big mug of tea on a rainy, wintery afternoon. The house was filled with the smell of vanilla too which is always nice on dreary days.  I used 2 long vanilla beans but if you don’t have them you can use vanilla extract, not essence.

Simple Vanilla Shortbread


  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 200 g OO flour or plain flour
  • 100 g cornflour
  • 200 g softened unsalted butter
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar or caster sugar for sprinkling


  1. Blitz the dry ingredients (flours and sugar) in a food processor until light and combined.
  2. Add the seeds from the vanilla beans and the butter.
  3. Blitz again until a smooth ball of dough forms.
  4. Lay out on a baking tray pushing it out with your hands or the back of a spoon until its smooth and even.
  5. With a sharp knife or a cookie cutter cut out whatever shapes you like.
  6. Bake at 160 degrees Celcius for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tray before removing to a wire rack.
  8. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar.
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