Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Don’t leave those mason jars empty this Christmas! Fill them up with these mouthwatering shortbread cookies that scream happiness to everyone who has a bite of em!

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Welcome to the joyous season of Christmas! What better way to celebrate than with the delightful aroma of freshly baked Christmas shortbread cookies? This classic recipe is a must-have for the holiday season, and it's perfect for sharing with family and friends. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to create these delicious treats, so let's get baking!

What Is Christmas Shortbread Cookies?

  • Christmas shortbread cookies are a classic holiday treat that is loved by many. These delicious cookies are made with simple ingredients such as all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla essence. The combination of these ingredients creates a rich and buttery cookie that is perfect for enjoying during the festive season.
  • The cookies are easy to make, and they can be cut into various shapes using cookie cutters, making them a fun activity for the whole family. The dough is chilled in the refrigerator, rolled out, and then baked until they are lightly browned. Once cooled, the cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week, making them a convenient option for holiday gatherings and as edible gifts.
  • Whether enjoyed with a hot cup of cocoa or as a sweet treat on their own, Christmas shortbread cookies are a delightful addition to any holiday celebration.

Why You'll Love Christmas Shortbread Cookies?

  • Buttery, crumbly texture: Christmas shortbread cookies have a rich, buttery texture that literally melts in your mouth. The crumbly texture makes them irresistible and perfect for the holiday season.
  • Perfect for holiday season: These cookies are a staple for the holiday season, whether it's for a festive gathering, gift-giving, or just a cozy night in by the fireplace. They are a classic Christmas treat that everyone loves.
  • Easy to make with simple ingredients: With just a few basic ingredients like flour, butter, and sugar, you can whip up a batch of delicious shortbread cookies in no time. It's a simple recipe that anyone can make.
  • Low in sugar and calories: Compared to other holiday desserts, shortbread cookies are relatively low in sugar and calories. They are a guilt-free indulgence for those watching their sugar intake during the festive season.
  • Versatile for customization: You can customize the flavor of the cookies by adding different extracts or mix-ins like lemon zest, chocolate chips, or dried cranberries. The possibilities are endless for creating unique variations of this classic cookie.
  • Long shelf life: Christmas shortbread cookies stay fresh for up to a week when stored in an airtight container, making them a convenient make-ahead treat for the busy holiday season. They are perfect for gifting or enjoying throughout the festive period.

Ingredients for Christmas Shortbread Cookies

  • All Purpose Flour: This versatile flour provides the structure and texture to the shortbread cookies, giving them a tender and crumbly texture.
  • Salt: The salt enhances the overall flavor of the cookies, balancing the sweetness and bringing out the buttery taste.
  • Unsalted Butter: The butter adds richness and a buttery flavor to the cookies, making them melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
  • Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar not only sweetens the cookies, but also helps to create a tender and light texture.
  • Vanilla Essence: This essential flavoring adds a subtle yet tantalizing aroma and taste to the shortbread cookies.

With these key ingredients, you'll be on your way to making delicious Christmas shortbread cookies that are perfect for the holiday season.

How To Make Christmas Shortbread Cookies?

  • To make Christmas shortbread cookies, start by mixing the flour and salt in a wide bowl until combined.
  • Then, beat the softened butter until smooth and creamy, and add the powdered sugar and vanilla essence, and beat until smooth.
  • Gently stir in the flour mixture and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • After chilling the dough, roll it out into a 1/4 inch thick circle on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into festive shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter.
  • Place the shaped cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm up. Then, bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned.
  • Once baked, cool the shortbread cookies on a wire rack and store them in an airtight container to enjoy for up to a week.

These steps are important to ensure the cookies have the perfect texture and flavor, making them the perfect Christmas treat.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair with tea or coffee: These Christmas shortbread cookies go perfectly with a hot cup of tea or coffee, especially during the festive season. The buttery flavor of the cookies complements the warmth of the beverages.
  • Add a fruity twist: Serve these cookies with a side of fresh berries or a fruit compote for a refreshing and light dessert option. The tartness of the fruits can balance out the richness of the shortbread.
  • Create a festive platter: Arrange the shortbread cookies on a platter with a variety of other holiday treats such as gingerbread, fruitcake, and chocolate truffles for a delightful Christmas spread.
  • Dip in chocolate: For an indulgent treat, consider dipping half of each cookie in melted chocolate and letting it set before serving. The combination of buttery shortbread and rich chocolate is sure to be a hit.
  • Top with whipped cream: A dollop of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg can elevate the cookies into a decadent dessert option for holiday gatherings.
  • Serve with ice cream: Make a simple yet impressive dessert by pairing the shortbread cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The contrast of the warm, buttery cookies with the cold, creamy ice cream is simply delightful.

Tips for Making Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Furthermore, I would like to give some suggestions for making perfect shortbread cookies.

  • Firstly, try to use good quality of butter and pure vanilla essence. When making this cookie dough, have the butter at room temperature.
  • Secondly, place the sugar in a blender and blend until a fine powder. Then beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. It will take 2 to 3 mins.
  • Finally, when rolling out the dough, make sure it's at least 1/4 inch thick to ensure the cookies hold their shape during baking. Additionally, placing the cut-out cookies in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes before baking helps to firm them up and prevents spreading in the oven.

Variations for Christmas Shortbread Cookies

  • Chocolate Dipped: For a decadent twist, dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate and let it set before serving. You can also sprinkle crushed candy canes or sprinkles on top for a festive touch.
  • Citrus Zest: Add some grated orange or lemon zest to the dough for a refreshing citrus flavor. It's a great way to add a bright and zesty kick to the traditional shortbread cookies.
  • Almond Flavored: Replace the vanilla essence with almond extract for a nutty and aromatic flavor. You can also top each cookie with a whole almond before baking for added texture.
  • Spiced: Incorporate warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger into the dough for a cozy, holiday-inspired flavor. These spices will add a festive and comforting aroma to your cookies.
  • Jam-Filled: Create thumbprint cookies by making an indentation in the center of each cookie and filling it with your favorite jam before baking. This will add a sweet and fruity surprise to every bite.
  • Chocolate Chip: Mix in some chocolate chips or chunks into the dough for a rich and indulgent treat. The combination of buttery shortbread and melty chocolate is simply irresistible.

Experimenting with these variations will allow you to create a unique and personalized take on the classic Christmas shortbread cookies. Have fun getting creative with different flavors and ingredients to make your cookies stand out during the holiday season!

How to Store Christmas Shortbread Cookies

  • Storing Freshness: After baking the Christmas shortbread cookies, it is essential to store them properly to maintain their freshness. Place the cookies in an airtight container to prevent them from becoming stale.
  • Key Ingredients: Store the key ingredients such as all purpose flour, unsalted butter, and powdered sugar in a cool and dry place. This will ensure the ingredients remain fresh for future baking sessions.
  • Refrigeration: It is recommended to store the shortbread cookies in the refrigerator to preserve their texture and flavor. The cold temperature will help to keep the cookies from becoming too soft or crumbling.
  • Freezing: If you have made a large batch of Christmas shortbread cookies, consider freezing them for future use. Place the cookies in a freezer-safe container or zipper-lock bag, and label with the date. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thawing: When ready to enjoy the frozen shortbread cookies, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour. This will allow them to regain their original texture and flavor.
  • Enjoy Freshness: Keep the freshly stored shortbread cookies ready to enjoy for up to a week. After that, for optimal taste and texture, it's best to bake a new batch.

By Santhi Therese The Indian Claypot

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I adjust the sweetness of the shortbread cookies?

  • If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can increase the amount of powdered sugar in the recipe. Start with small increments and adjust to your taste preference.

Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter?

  • While the recipe calls for unsalted butter, you can use salted butter if that's what you have on hand. Just be sure to adjust the amount of salt in the recipe accordingly to avoid the cookies becoming too salty.
  • If you don't have a cookie cutter, you can use a knife to cut the dough into squares or rectangles. Alternatively, you can use the mouth of a drinking glass to cut out circular shapes.

How long can I store the shortbread cookies?

  • If stored in an airtight container, the shortbread cookies can be kept for about a week. Be sure to let them cool completely before storing to maintain their crispness.

Can I add other flavors to the shortbread cookies?

  • Yes, you can customize the flavor of the shortbread cookies by adding citrus zest, chocolate chips, or finely chopped nuts to the dough for a unique twist.
  • Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. Just make sure to wrap it well in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container before freezing. When ready to bake, let the dough thaw in the refrigerator overnight before rolling and cutting.

Recipe Card

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies 2017-12-19 05:46:26

Serving Size: Makes about 12 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour (including chilling time)


  • 1 cup (130 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence          


  • In a wide bowl, mix together the flour and salt until combined.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the softened butter until smooth and creamy for about 1 minute.
  • Then add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth for about 2 mins.
  • Beat in the vanilla essence.
  • Then gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated.
  • Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in a cling film and chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 degree C and place the rack in the middle of the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough into 1/4 inch thick circle.
  • Cut into any shapes as you like by using a lightly floured cookie cutter.
  • Place them on the prepared baking sheet and place it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm and then bake it for about 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are very lightly browned.
  • Cool on a wire rack and keep the shortbread cookies in an air tight container for about a week.         

By Santhi Therese    The Indian Claypot

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