Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies? Yes!!

We love, love, love Christmas! It’s an excellent opportunity to remember Christ’s birth, enjoy the company of family and of course – eat a lot of cookies! I’ve never been one to turn down a good cookie and there are so many to choose from yet one of my all time favorites is a good shortbread recipe. 

What makes shortbread so good?

It’s so easy to make and the perfect cookie recipe for a beginner!

  • Simple -a few ingredients and no resting time.
  • PERFECT for cookie cutters – the dough holds up really well in the oven leaving you with perfect, Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies!
  • Butter. Do we need to say more?

How to make Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

  1.  Prepare. Set the oven to 350° and grease a large cookie sheet. You could use parchment paper alternatively and still get great results. 
  2. Combine. Combine the sugar with all of the wet ingredients and then add the flour. We highly recommend using a stand up mixer, if not a handheld one as this dough is very stiff. 
  3. Roll. Place the dough on a floured surface and even roll it out until its 1/2″ thick. This may seem too thick but as the cookies do not rise this is the perfect thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutter to make them into shapes.
  4. Bake and cool. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Shortbread is done when you can see the very edges of it turning brown. Cool and enjoy! If you are going to decorate them, allow them to cool for 1 hour. 
Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies
 We have found that this recipe is so simple that we can make it with our kiddos! This can be a challenge but equally rewarding and really helps your kids understand where there food comes from and maybe, just maybe, you’ll inspire the next generation of bakers!

How to make cookies with your kids

  1. Stations. We set up the ingredient station, the mixing station and the icing station. This allows us to not stress over keeping one area clean while we are actually making the cookies. 
  2. Alternating. If you have more than one kid, like us, you know that they all want to help at the same time. We simply give each of them an order to follow and we switch out each child during every step of making them and then we do the icing as a family. 
  3. Clean up. While the cookies are baking, we task each kid with cleaning jobs. They know that they must do it before they do the icing so they are very motivated to clean!
  4. Icing. We put identical (or different!) icing in separate bowls and guide the kids together on dipping the cookies in it and placing them on the drying rack. 
 Currently are oldest are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 and if we can do this successfully in a small kitchen then so can you!
Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies on a baking rack

Commonly Asked Questions

  1. What is the secret to good shortbread? Easy! The recipe is so simple that using quality ingredients will really yield some spectacular results!
  2. What is the difference between a butter cookie and a shortbread cookie? Shortbread cookies have a higher butter to flour ration than butter cookies.
  3. How do I know when shortbread cookies are done? The very moment that you can see browning occurring the bottom edge of the cookie, it is done. 
  4. Can you make dairy-free shortbread cookies? Yes! While they will not have the classic buttery flavor, you can use coconut oil instead of butter to yield similar results. 
Looking for more inspiration? Check out these other great recipes!
Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

East Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies are a wonderful treat on their own but can also be the launching pad for amazing treats - you can add sweet toppings to it, flavor it (almond, hazelnut, lemon etc.) or just enjoy it with a nice cup of coffee!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 271 kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 16 tbsp salted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg yolk


  • Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a large cookie sheet - alternatively you can lay parchment paper down.
  • In a medium sized bowl beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, honey and egg yolk. Once combined slowly beat the flour into the dough. This is a stiff dough - we recommend using a stand up mixer if it is available.
  • Roll the dough out until it reaches a uniform 1/2 inch (1.2cm) in thickness and they cut into your desired shapes.
  • Place the cookie dough evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the base and lower outer edge begins to brown. If you wait any longer, the cookie will become hard and not have a good flavor.


Serving: 1cookieSodium: 110mgCalcium: 10mgSugar: 14.2gFiber: 0.6gPotassium: 31mgCholesterol: 58mgCalories: 271kcalSaturated Fat: 9.9gFat: 15.9gProtein: 2.6gCarbohydrates: 30.3gIron: 1mg
Keyword #baking, #cookies, shortbread
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