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Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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Shortbread cookies are slightly sweet and buttery and pretty much melt in your mouth! These shortbread Christmas cookies are easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients! YUM!

I love baking during the holidays and some of my other favorite treats to make are these festively decorated Cake Mix Cookies, Homemade Fudge Brownies and these amazing Rolo Pretzel Turtles.

A stack of finished Shortbread Christmas Cookies on a white plate with a red and white checkered napkin under the plate.

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I made these shortbread cookies with some festive sprinkles, cut them into triangle shapes, and drizzled green icing over them to make cute little trees. (Perfect for the holidays!)

Shortbread Christmas Cookie dough on a counter with triangle shapes cut into the dough.

Don’t be afraid to change the shape or decorations and make them for any occasion. Here is the delicious recipe –

Christmas Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Christmas Shortbread Cookies
4.72 from 7 votes

Shortbread Christmas Cookies

Shortbread Cookies are slightly sweet and buttery and pretty much melt in your mouth! These Shortbread Christmas Cookies are easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients! YUM!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked goods, cookies, desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 Cookie
Calories 120 kcal


Ingredients for the Shortbread Cookies -

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3-4 tbsp. colored sprinkles

Ingredients for the Icing -

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • green food coloring


Directions for the Shortbread Cookies -

  1. Cream together butter and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add in all dry ingredients (sugar, cornstarch, salt, flour) and mix until evenly combined. The dough will be dry and crumbly, but will hold it's shape.
  3. Quickly mix in the sprinkles, and then turn dough onto a large sheet of parchment. Lift parchment into a square  baking dish and then evenly press dough into the bottom, about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from fridge and lift the dough out of the square dish using the parchment.
  6. Cut into triangles. Bake at 325 for about 10 minutes, until light golden brown on the bottom. Let cool completely.

Directions for the Icing -

  1. Put powdered sugar into a bowl and add vanilla and water, starting with 2 tbsp. Mix until smooth.
  2. You want the icing to be pretty thin, so that you can easily drizzle over cookies, so add more water if necessary.
  3. Stir in a few drops of green food coloring and then spoon into the corner of a zip-top bag for drizzling.
  4. Lay cookies out on parchment paper and snip the corner off the bag of icing. Just pipe or drizzle over the triangles, back and forth in one direction so that they resemble trees. Add a few sprinkles if you want, and then let sit until the icing dries.
Nutrition Facts
Shortbread Christmas Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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A pile of Christmas Shortbread Cookies on a white plate with red and white straws laid next to the plate.

It’s time to decide if you want to eat them all yourself or share. I have nothing against sharing, but it might hard to do with these little guys.

Delicious shortbread Christmas cookies made in the shape of Christmas trees with green icing and red and green sprinkles.


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