Name: Corinne Morgan
Class Year: 2013
Country of Residence: United Kingdom

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

Every week during the COVID-19 pandemic we have been hosting a Virtual M&Cs, where alums from all around the world can gather to share how their weeks’ have gone and have discussions on topics that interest the group. With each week’s facebook reminder, I always post a cookie recipe that people can make at home. We had lovely feedback from both people who joined the M&Cs and those who tried the recipes on their own that this shortbread recipe was delicious, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy!


Makes 16 cookies. Takes approx. 20 minutes.


  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter unsalted butter, at room temperature 142g
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 180g
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt optional


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and vanilla extract until creamed.
  2. Add confectioners sugar and salt; mix until combined.
  3. Scrape bowl down and add flour while beating on low. Scrape bowl once more and mix until combined.
  4. Shape the dough into a rectangular prism, wrap in plastic and chill until firm. At least an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F (177C). Use a sharp knife to cut 1/2 inch thick slices
  6. Place slices, spaced at least an inch apart onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  7. Use a fork or skewer to indent a pattern onto the top.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating baking sheet in the oven halfway through.
  9. Transfer to a wire sheet to cool.


The cookie dough can be made well in advance. It keeps for about a week in the fridge and a month in the freezer. Make sure to wrap very well and allow to warm up just enough to cut.

If your butter isn’t room temp just cut the sticks into a few slices and microwave on 50% power in 5 second bursts. Flip the butter with every burst.

Liven these up with your favorite toasted nuts and spices for extra crunch and flavor.

The dots on the bottom can be in any pattern you’s like so have fun trying different things out and by all means get the kids to help it you have little ones around.



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