Vanilla-Chai Icebox Shortbread Cookies

  • Yield: 3 to 4


2 1/3cups all-purpose flour
2teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2teaspoons ground ginger
1/2teaspoon ground allspice
1/2teaspoon ground cardamom
1cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1cup granulated sugar
3tablespoons honey
1/4teaspoon salt
2large egg yolks
1medium vanilla bean
1cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
2teaspoons pure vanilla extract, more vanilla bean seed scraping, if desired
1tablespoon water


  1. In a large bowl, sift or whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, allspice and cardamom. Set aside.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, honey and salt in a bowl. Using an electric mixer or wooden spoon, beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and beat until smooth.
  3. Using a small knife, split the vanilla bean lengthwise in half. Scrape the seeds from both sides of the pod with the tip of the knife and add them to the butter-sugar mixture. Beat to combine.
  4. Add in flour-spice mixture, 1 cup at a time, blending until fully incorporated.
  5. Divide the dough in half and transfer each half to a sheet of wax paper. Using the wax paper, shape into a 12-inch log, rectangle or square. Chill logs at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F with an oven rack in the middle. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. With a sharp knife, cut logs into 1/8-inch-thick slices and arrange 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned around edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together icing ingredients until smooth and transfer to a sealable plastic bag. Cut an 1/8-inch opening in one corner of bag. Arrange cookies as close together as possible on sheets of wax paper and drizzle icing decoratively across the tops.

Recipe courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board