Classic Christmas Shortbread

Classic Christmas Shortbread

Classic Christmas Shortbread Cookies are probably just like your grandmother used to make. These buttery bites will remind you of Christmas past, present, and future.

Decorating shortbread cookies is simple. Just add sprinkles and bake. For sprinkle types and ideas, be sure to check out our Tips & Tricks section below.

Enjoy these shortbread cookies with tea in the afternoon, or with hot chocolate after a day in the snow.

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Classic Christmas

Classic Christmas

Classic Christmas Shortbread

Servings 15 cookies


  • 2 ½ inch fluted round cutter or Christmas cookie cutter


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar/ icing sugar
  • ¼ cup cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

To Decorate:

  • Sprinkles decorate before baking See decorating ideas in Tips & Tricks below


  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, vanilla, and both sugars for 5 minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add flour and beat on low speed until just combined.
  • Shape the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place aside.
  • Roll out the shortbread cookie dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/8 inch thick.
  • Cut cookies and place them on the tray. Decorate with sprinkles.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325 F.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-14minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Place on a wire rack to cool

Pastry Chef Tips & Tricks For Classic Christmas Shortbread

Icing Sugar Decor

Home bakers often forget about the simplicity of icing sugar. Just sift over your Classic Christmas Shortbread Cookies before serving.

Decorating with Sprinkles

Have fun when choosing Christmas sprinkles for decorating your Classic Christmas Shortbread cookies. Noel mix is a seasonal look with long sprinkles in red and white. Long sprinkles are called Jimmies to identify the style. The small round variety is called nonpareils.

Keep the colour but change the shape with Christmas tree-shaped sprinkles for an even more festive look.

Blizzard sprinkles add variety in a combination of blustery blue, purple, and white. Another winter-inspired option is a combination of silver and bright white for a sophisticated look.

Add a dash of mint flavour to your cookies. Simply sprinkle with crushed candy canes. To crush candy canes place them in a sealed plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Of course, you can buy candy cane sprinkles already prepackaged and ready to use.

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