• Makes 12
  • 25 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 5 Ingredients

If you’re wondering how to make Italian Shortbread Cookies, this recipe is a great place to start!

Very light and buttery, these Italian Shortbread Cookies will melt in your mouth! They don’t take long to whip up a batch, so in no time you too can be enjoying one with a coffee!

Ingredients (makes 12 Biscuits)

  • 230g Salted butter at room temp
  • 120g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 250g Plain flour
  • 1 TBS Milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Place the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until combined, light, and fluffy.
  3. Add the flour and mix until it’s crumbly and looks like it can’t be mixed more.
  4. Add the milk and keep mixing. The dough should clump together after about 15 seconds. If the dough doesn't come together, add another tablespoon or two of milk.
  5. Place the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a very large star tip, and pipe onto a lined baking sheet, leaving space between each cookie
  6. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely, and then sprinkle with icing sugar


To make these Italian Shortbread Cookies a lemon flavour, add in zest of 1 lemon, and juice from half. Don’t add in all the milk, just dribble it in until the correct consistency is achieved.  

  • Im actually keen to make a vegan version of these, yummeeee!


  • So im not a baker, but this looks simple enough for me to try! Will be a good weekend activity with the kiddos. Thanks!!


  • This recipe looks super easy compared to others I’ve seen.
    I’ll be giving this buttery goodness a go


  • love a good buttery shortbread bikkie


  • Only a few ingredients and easy to make. Looks amazing. Thank you.


  • Looks so easy to make! Keen to try them!


  • I love these shortbread biscuits.


  • These sound perfect for an afternoon cuppa!


  • only 5, and every day ingredients- yes please!!! Difficulty easy? Sounds and looks good to me!


  • Look at the clever swirls on these, they look incredible!


  • Oh yum! These look delicious and seem so easy to make, thanks for the recipe


  • Thank you for this recipe Kel. They taste delicious.


  • Ohhh love the idea of adding lemon – will taste delish! Do I have to share them?


  • I haven’t made short bread with lemon before. Im looking forward to trying that variation. We all love short bread here.


  • Wish I still had my metal piping kit, might need to buy another one


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