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Shortbread Christmas Cookies Recipe
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Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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"These buttery shortbread cookies are so tasty and hold their shape very well. Make beautiful Valentine hearts also!"

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl; with a pastry cutter, chop in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir the rum extract and almond extract into the water in a small bowl. Mix into the dry ingredients, a little bit at a time, until the mixture holds together in a ball when you squeeze it.
  2. Place the dough onto a floured work surface, and sprinkle with flour; roll out into a sheet 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters, and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. Bake the cookies just until the edges are lightly browned, 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool on sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling. Cool completely before decorating.
  5. For frosting, whisk the confectioners' sugar and milk in a bowl until smooth. If desired, divide frosting into small bowls, and tint each bowl a desired shade with food coloring. Frost fully cooled cookies, and sprinkle with edible glitter before the frosting sets.
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Oct 12, 2011

a very nice shortbread recipe. i did it the easy way and mixed the dry ingredients in the food processor and then processed it with the cold butter (chopped into slices) until thoroughly mixed and crumbly. then, in a bowl, added this mixture with the wet ingredients. i always roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper to desired thickness (i did 1/4 inch) and then loosen the paper on both sides before cutting out the cookies. This way, they transfer really easily to the cookie sheets. Thanks, Hanner!

Nov 13, 2011

Made these for youth group night and everyone loved themm!!


21 Ratings

Dec 02, 2012

I did these in my Cuisinart food processor and thought "what a horrible and dry mess"....I dumped these onto a big piece of wax paper and started "working it" a tad bit and it came together so I rolled it out and chilled. I cut out the entire thing, baked and was totally tickled when I baked the BEST "no spread and no weird shaped" Christmas cookies. They cut and baked perfect and I have them frozen for decorating in another week. This was an excellent recipe so if they seem dry to you or weird KEEP THE FAITH and keep going and you will be rewarded! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this recipe!!

Nov 30, 2011

These cookies are amazing!! very easy to make and extremely tasty! my family couldn't get enough of them. I would highly recommend them.

Dec 31, 2011

I made these cookies along with gingerbread cookies and chocolate chip cookies. The shortbread cookies where a hit with my sons 5th grade class and everyone who came over for Christmas dinner. This will forever stay on my holiday menus.

Dec 23, 2012

Delicious recipe...they tasted like Lorna Doone's! I'm an amateur so I wasn't sure if they were going to turn out well, but they were a hit! I even had a coworker say that it tasted like it was straight from a professional bakery!! I stuck with the recipe but cut it in half (I didn't have enough butter). The only modification I made was that I used only vanilla extract instead of the rum and almond. Also, I didn't have a "pastry cutter" so I used a cheese grater instead and it worked perfectly! I just made simple round cookies, but they would've been the perfect cookie-cutter cookie because it completely held it's shape.

Feb 19, 2012

Very good, everyone liked them. A bit surprising how much time it took to make and ice them! Made as hearts for valentine's day, left some plain and iced and iced/sprinkled others. I liked the iced ones best, but I have a bit of sweet tooth!

Dec 16, 2013

I really wanted to Love these! I dont know where i went wrong from the beginning my dough was pretty dry and crumbly I had to add a couple more tbs of water just to get the dough workable! Taste wise they are ok at Best.I guess everyones taste buds are different.Thank you for sharing and allowing me to try your recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 149 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 71 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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