Wednesday, December 8, 2010

An Easy Shortbread Christmas Cookie Recipe

If you are not in the mood for cut-out cookies, (and seriously, don’t you have to be in the mood to even consider those?) I have a great standby for easy, kids-in-the-kitchen, delicious melt-in-your-mouth Christmas cookies.

And when you package them up so nicely, (thank you SO much Lelan, from Good Gravy Designs), they make easy little gifts!

Here’s what you need for Easy Shortbread Christmas Cookies:
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1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
red and green sprinkles

Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla.
Add in flour, baking powder and salt.
Mix together and divide into 3 equal portions.

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Roll each of those 3 portions into about an 8” roll.007013

Cover and refrigerate.
After cool, (about an hour), slice each roll into 15-20 slices.

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Take each sliced, unbaked and press into sprinkles.049

On lightly greased cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.  (Get them out before they start to brown…they will look undone!) 
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This recipe makes about 50 cookies...I always double it, because they go so fast.

I installed a button below to print the recipe if you'd like.



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39 comments :

  1. cute labels...

    i am window shopping b/c we are gluten and dairy free over here!
    i can't even touch wheat flour or i get sick...

    this is my first xmas without real cookies...rice flour just isn't the same...

    these do look delicious!

    nicolette @
    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com

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  2. They look delicious and easier than most of the things I end up baking...might need to give these guys a try!

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  3. Perfect! I can't wait to make these! I'm a big fan of shortbread cookies! They look so cute stacked like that. Love the cute little tag.

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  4. Those look so yummy Sarah! Do you think even I could make them? :) Love the way you are displaying your Christmas cards too. So cute! If you'll e-mail me your address I'd love to send you a card this year!

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  5. these look divine - great gift idea and I would be in heaven receiving this for Christmas :)

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  6. Sound yummy!! My children will love these. I'm gluten and dairy free so I cannot indulge. It's killing me this Christmas. : )

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  7. I made a batch of these and YOU ARE RIGHT ON, they are addicting! I've eaten my share of them and now need to make more! I was just thinking about how to give them away as gifts when I read this post! What a great idea for these labels! LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea!
    Thanks for being my morning coffee each day!

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  8. Love all your Meijer products!

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  9. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!they look so soft and perfect!

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  10. i luv easy! going to try this one! thx for pics, too! hugs, Cathy

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  11. Sarah, those look fantastic! And I loved the card idea. Hanging mine today -- no more fighting for mantle real estate :)

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  12. thanks for the recipe. You've already done half the battle for me.

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  13. You rock! So perfect. Can't wait to try them.

    fyi -I could not get the print friendly button to work. When I clicked on it it printed the xmas card display post, not the shortbread recipe.

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  14. My butter is softening as I type! Thanks for this recipe!

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  15. Oh! I Love me some shortbread cookies! Thanks for the recipe!

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  16. Thanks Donna...I fixed the button, it should be working now.

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  17. Just finished eating them! Perfect for little helping hands! Thanks!!

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  18. The sprinkles are a fantastic idea. I always struggle with the cut outs (am too slack and the dough gets too soft) but the sprinkles take the biscuits up a notch from the presentation point of view. Love it. Thank you.

    Gorgeous blog too by the way.

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  19. We are sooo making these for our RE teachers!!!! (And of course, for us too!) Thanks Sarah!

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  20. That does sound like an easy recipe...and I am all about easy this time of year. Love them and they would make wonderful little gifts! Hugs-Diana

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  21. YUM! I have been looking for this exact recipe. The students I teach thank you.

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  22. wow, i wish you had posted this a few days ago when i had to bake 8 dozen cookie!!!

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  23. Hi Sarah!

    Mine were super crumbly, I'm not sure what I did wrong? Have you ever had that issue?

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  24. I like these because they're still cute Christmas cookies, but I don't have to take the time to use cookie cutters. I need quick and easy! Thanks!

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  25. These will be perfect for my kids Wednesday night church groups! Easy, yummy and pretty:) And yes I agree you do have to be in a "mood" to do cut out cookies:)

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  26. A monster storm is coming our way and I was just thinking we should make some cookies this weekend! Looks like we have the ingredients for these. Awesome. Take care.

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  27. Just made these and am posting it on my blog tomorrow with a link to yours. They are delicious!

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  28. I just made these.... thanks for the recipe. I'm paying it forward and posting my favorite cookie recipe, ginger snaps!

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  29. Marybeth Whalen sent me over here, and I'm so glad she did! This sounds like a yummy recipe, and I do love shortbread!

    Your home here is beautiful, and I really enjoy looking at your pictures. I think I'll come back here more often if that's okay with you!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  30. oh, those look delicious and easy enough to make :) Gonna have to try these this week!

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  31. Made these tonight and they were super awesome good! The dough started crumbly when I added the flour, but I persevered with the beaters and it came out smooth and buttery in the end. Just don't do the math on how much butter you have eaten after the first 10 cookies disappear.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  32. FYI, if you make these at 1 a.m. the night before your child's school Christmas party, 20 minutes in the freezer works too. Not that I would know from experience or anything.

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  33. Just found this recipe on Pinterest. A hit for the cookie exchange! I have three little kids and I tried my usual cut outs and it was a massive headache/mess! Thank you!!! You saved our Christmas LOL

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  34. This is the exact recipe I have been using for over 30 years and they are absolutely no fail and a family favourite. Nice to see it on your blog.

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  35. My husband loves shortbread so I am giving these a whirl this Christmas! Thanks for posting!

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