• 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.  

  • I love finding recipes that i already have all the ingredients for!


  • Simple and easy to make, just what I like when baking. These are worth a try, and I’ve got every ingredient ready to go.


  • I love cookies like this. Simple and delicious! The best!


  • Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    I had never thought to pipe shortbread before.
    We ended up making a half red (raspberry) and half plain batch so that we could mix them together in the piping bag and make them into candy cane cookies for part of our teacher gifts.
    They came out really well, were delish, kept their shape and did not spread all over the place when baking.
    We will be making these agin, especially when we need to make last minute gifts as all of the ingredients were sitting in the pantry just calling out to be used
    Pic attached is one of the teachers gifts that we made.
    Thanks for sharing, found this really helpful

    • How creative such a good idea. I am also liking the piping bag idea makes them look so presentable. I’m might give this ago for my daughters teachers next year


  • OH my goodness, they look so beautiful


  • Looks like a recipe handed down through the generation’s.


  • These look beautiful & easy. Have saved to make for Christmas pressies.


  • I must make this. yummy


  • I’ve bookmarked this to make for Christmas!
    Everyone loves shortbread during that time of the year so I’ll make a bunch of plain ones and a bunch with some icing and sprinkles or melted chocolate just to jazz it up a bit.
    Thank you so much for sharing!


  • This looks like a good recipe, will be trying it out!


  • I love any shortbread cookies. These look delicious ????


  • Quick easy recipe will try


  • Love shortbread cookies


  • oh they look SO good. They will just mealt in the mouth I reckon


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