The Best Shortbread Cookies

Beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until combined.

I. Beat the butter and sugar

Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until combined, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl if necessary.

II. Add the egg yolks and vanilla

Add the flour and salt and beat on low-medium speed until a dough forms. It will be thick. Cover the dough and refrigerate for one hour.

III. Add the dry ingredients

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough. Place the cut out cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

IV. Roll out the dough

Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes until the edges are set and lightly golden. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

V. Bake