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Christmas Shortbread Cookies

"A buttery, flakey, crips on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. Drizzled with a light and sweet vanilla icing and sprinkled with pretty Christmas colored sanding sugars. Delicious with a cup of hot chocolate!"

Christmas Shortbread Cookies Servings – 18 Prep Time – 10 Minutes Cook Time – 30 Minutes Ingredients:


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 sticks softened (you can use unsalted, which is normal to control the amount of salt per recipe)

  • extra sugar to sprinkle on top


  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk


Heat oven to 375º F


Mix all the ingredients together by hand or mixer, to a stiff consistency (the butter shouldn't be too soft, but also not straight from the fridge, especially if you use a mixer). Don't overwork the dough; stop when it comes together

Press into an 8x8 " square pan about 1" in thickness. Trim the edges to the approximate size.

Place in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until slightly brown on edges.

Sprinkle with sugar immediately upon removing from the oven. (Use any color sugar you would like to blend with your event or holiday.) Shortbread shouldn't be darkly colored. Let your shortbread cool on or in the pan or tray before moving to rack to cool completely.

Cut cookies into 9 squares, the cut on a 45 degree angle into 18 triangles.


Mix powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.


Calories: 275 | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Unsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 122mg | Carbohydrates: 31g | Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 9g | Protein: 3g

"Did you know biscuits came from repurposed ingredients?"

CWT is not a certified dietician or nutritionist. Any nutritional information shared on this site is an estimate counted through measurements and package nutritional information used in each recipe. If calorie, macro counting and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend running the ingredients through your choice of nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on national brands used per recipe.

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