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Imagine a plate adorned with dainty button-shaped cookies—each a delightful blend of buttery richness and subtle sweetness. Button-shaped shortbread cookies are not only charming to look at but also incredibly satisfying to savor. With their simple yet elegant appearance, these cookies evoke a sense of nostalgia, reminiscent of cozy afternoons and cherished family gatherings.

Shortbread, a classic Scottish treat, is characterized by its crumbly texture and buttery flavor. When shaped into small buttons and adorned with a sprinkle of sugar, these cookies take on a whimsical appeal that appeals to both children and adults alike.

This recipe will guide you through the steps to create your batch of these delightful button-shaped shortbread cookies. Whether baking for a special occasion or simply indulging in a sweet moment of tranquility, these cookies will surely bring a touch of joy to your day.


Let’s dive into the kitchen and embark on a baking adventure that will fill your home with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked treats.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional granulated sugar (for sprinkling, optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add Vanilla Extract: Mix in the vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  5. Mix Everything: Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until a dough forms.
  6. Roll and Shape the Cookies: Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Flatten the Cookies: Use the bottom of a glass or a fork to gently flatten each ball into a round disc shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Create Button Shape: Use a toothpick or small round object (like the end of a piping tip) to make four small holes in the center of each cookie, resembling a button.
  9. Optional Sugar Sprinkle: If desired, sprinkle a little granulated sugar over the top of each cookie.
  10. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just lightly golden.
  11. Cool and Serve: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Enjoy: Once cooled, your button-shaped shortbread cookies are ready to be enjoyed!

These cookies are delightful treats for any occasion and can be stored in an airtight container for several days. Feel free to adjust the sweetness or add other flavors like lemon zest or almond extract to customize the recipe to your liking. Happy baking!

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