Canestrelli Shortbread Cookies

By ohioeggs  ,

December 6, 2019

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Canestrelli Shortbread Cookies by Ohio food blogger NeighborFood are tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and go perfectly with a cup of coffee or on a holiday cookie tray.

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • 30 mins

    15 mins

    45 mins

  • Yields: 25-30 cookies


3 hard-boiled egg yolks

2/3 cup (1 tablespoon) unsalted butter

2/3 cup powdered sugar

Seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Zest of 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup cornstarch, spooned and leveled

1 1/4 cup flour, spooned and leveled

Powdered sugar, for sprinkling


In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar until well-combined, scraping the bowl as necessary.

Beat in the vanilla bean, salt and lemon zest.

Place a fine mesh strainer over the mixing bowl. Add the hard-boiled egg yolks and use a spoon to push the yolk through the strainer, creating a fine dusting of yolks. Beat the yolks into the butter mixture on low speed.

Add cornstarch and flour to the bowl. Beat on low speed until a crumbly dough begins to form. The dough does not need to be cohesive, but all the powdery ingredients should be incorporated.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter top or pastry mat, and gently knead until the dough forms a ball. Press the ball down with the palm of your hand into a thick disk, then wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Lightly flour a surface, then roll the dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut with flower cookie cutters or whatever shape you desire. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 14-17 minutes, or until firm, but not browned.

To avoid sticking when cutting out the cookies, dip the cookie cutter in flour after every few cuts. For the center hole, use a piping tip or sturdy straw. Cookies will keep in an airtight container for about 1 week. Baked cookies can be frozen for up to 1 month.

Courtney is the recipe developer, photographer, and flour-dusted girl behind the blog NeighborFood. NeighborFood is her table, and she loves nothing more than inviting others to pull up a chair, pour a glass of milk, and share a cookie with her. Courtney lives in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and baby boy, cheering on the Buckeyes, and eating a little too much ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 cookie
Total Fat1g
Saturated Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates9g
Dietary Fiber0g