Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

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Shortbread Cookie

  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Cups Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Vanilla Bean or 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour

Royal Icing

  • 6 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3-4 Eggs Whites, Pasteurized (add more or less eggs to adjust consistency)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


Shortbread Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare sheet pans with parchment paper
  2. Cream sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment
  3. Add eggs and vanilla bean; mix on low speed until egg is fully incorporated
  4. Slowly add in the flour and mix until dough comes together into a ball
  5. Place dough on a floured surface and gently kneed until smooth
  6. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  7. Once the dough is chilled, roll out into 1/8" thick and cut into desired shape
  8. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 14-18 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges, turning half way
  9. Allow the cookies to cool before glazing and decorating

Royal Icing

  1. Combine powdered sugar, eggs whites and vanilla in a mixing bowl with paddle attachment and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes or until icing is smooth
  2. Divide the icing into 4 bowls
  3. Save one bowl for white icing for the base of the cookie
  4. Mix one bowl with hot pink food coloring
  5. Mix one bowl with lime green food coloring
  6. Mix one bowl with orange food coloring
  7. Using the white icing, fill a pastry bag and pipe the icing to cover the top of the cookie
  8. Allow the white icing to dry for 10 minutes
  9. Place the colored icing in individual pastry bags and splatter the color onto the white icing to make it look like splatter paint
  10. Allow the cookies to dry before serving or dry overnight to place in cellophane bags and use as party favors!