These rich, buttery shortbread bars are infused with real vanilla flavor, and finished with a sprinkling of sugar.

The Best Vanilla Bean Shortbread

This may  just become your go-to for perfect shortbread any time of year.

Traditionally shortbread only includes three ingredients (butter, sugar and flour).  This recipe adds a splash of vanilla.

Butter Salt Sugar Vanilla Bean Powder Flour Sparkling Sugar


Substitution: Vanilla bean powder is used in this recipe and provides the shortbread that 'spotted' appearance.   If you don't have vanilla bean powder, you can substitute regular vanilla.

Optional: Sparkling sugar is used in this recipe and sprinkled on the shortbread as soon as they come out of the oven. This is an optional ingredient and you can skip this step.  You can also substitute regular sugar or powdered sugar in place of the sparkling sugar.

There are many ways to shape shortbread, but a simple bar-like cookie is easiest and tastes great.

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