Christmas Shortbread Cookie Recipe

A buttery holiday tradition

As the daughter of Scottish parents who grew up to marry a Scottish lad, you can be assured that shortbread is always in demand at our house at the holidays. Who knew that such a sinfully rich cookie could be so simple to make? With just four ingredients, this recipe provides the perfect opportunity to include your children in the baking process.

Christmas Shortbread Cookie Recipe

What you need:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • ¾ cup icing sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Combine flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  • Cut the butter into pieces and add to the flour mixture by hand, rubbing it into the dough until it holds together.
  • Press the dough in two 8” cake pans and prick the dough a fork to make a decorative pattern.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Upon removing it from the oven, immediately cut it into wedges while it’s still warm then transfer them to a rack to cool.
  • Store them in the fridge in a tightly covered container.

About The Author

Mandy Webster
Mandy Webster is a writer at Ganz and the author of the middle grade Young Marian series, including A Viper in the Forest and Echoes in the Cavern. She’s also an artist and graphic designer whose work has been featured in InStyle, Redbook and Style at Home. A mother of three, Mandy has worked as an advertising copywriter as well as contributing to publications such as Playback, Strategy and Canada On Location.

3 Responses to Christmas Shortbread Cookie Recipe

  1. Dana says:

    This looks yummy and easy!

  2. pennierz says:

    What a simple recipe!!! Great to try with the grandkids.

  3. Brightsider says:

    This looks like a very easy and yummy recipe. I will definitely try this with my children. They’ll have fun helping me with it! Again, thank you for sharing!