Sugared Shortbread Cookies Recipe – Family Favorite!

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We love Sugared Shortbread Cookies! This recipe for shortbread cookies we are sharing can be made with or without sugaring the top of the cookies. When it comes to baking cookies for the holidays I have had years when I picked other cookie recipes. The time-consuming Christmas decorated cookies, years when you make Santa faces and the traditional frosted sugar cookies…

But, hands down everyone’s favorite cookies, it is the easiest recipe that I have for shortbread cookies. It’s funny how such a simple cookie recipe can end up being a Christmas cookie for the holidays!  Is it the simple buttery vanilla taste with the sprinkled sugar tops? Or is it memories of plating these cookies for Santa. They make the perfect milk and cookies for Santa, pair well with hot chocolate or a good cup of coffee. There is no secret recipe to share, just a simple recipe for these shortbread cookies. You can make these any time of year. 

These are so simple to make it’s hardly worth making a fuss over but, I am because I think you’ll love them as much as we do. You might be shocked to know this takes one pound of butter. But, they are shortbread cookies and like pound cake, it’s the butter that gives them the quality, and delicious taste that stands the test of time. 

Sugared Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies on a plate_snowflake pressed cookies_© 2014 Theresa Huse_

For these shortbread cookies, you can create any shapes you want. Traditionally rolled out evenly and cut into the square you can transform them into holiday and Christmas cookies easily by using a Christmas cookie stamps or shape cutter or make them any time of year with these pretty cookies stamps

How to make Sugared Shortbread Cookies

Creaming butter in a mixing bowl_making cookies_© 2014 Theresa

This recipe is super easy! Set out butter ahead of time so it’s soft! Add it, sugar and vanilla to a large bowl and cream. In a second bowl add the flour and a pinch of salt. 

Rolled out cookie dough with snowflakes press into the dough_© 2014 Theresa Huse 2014_

When fully mixed roll out the dough onto a non-stick surface that has been floured. I also flour my rolling pin

Making Cookies_© 2014 Theresa Huse

Then press, cut and put your cookies onto the cookie sheet to bake at 325* for about 10-12 minutes. If you stop and cook them until done, they are like a traditional shortbread cookie

Shortbread Cookies ready to be baked on a cookie sheet_© 2014 Theresa Huse

To make the cookies sugared; Then take them out and sprinkle with sugar and bake another 2 minutes. I like to bake mine until the bottoms are slightly browned. All ovens are different, it’s just a matter of checking on them during the last minutes of baking time. It’s that simple! If you want them a little fancier you can melt your favorite chocolate and dip the ends into cut squares. The options are endless. 

Close up of Shortbread cookies on a plate_© 2014 Theresa Huse

The only thing not simple is not having them eaten before your guests arrive or you box them up to give them to someone! This is our family favorite and can be made today, made for Christmas cookies and other holidays just by varying the cookie stamps you use! 

Sugared Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Shortbread Cookies Recipe 

Yield: 16

Sugared Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Sugared Shortbread Cookies - This Shortbread Cookie Recipe this is an easy and a family favorite we make every year during Christmas season, winter and anytime we are craving this shortbread cookie! Grab the recipe at

Sugared Shortbread Cookies are simply shortbread cookies that have been baked with granulated sugar on top. This is an easy shortbread cookies recipe that is a Christmas cookie favorite! (with or without sprinkled sugar). Grab the recipe and make cookies today! This is a family favorite cookies recipe that is delicious!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • 1lb. of butter (4 cubes/sticks of Butter equal to 1lb.)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 4 cups Flour
  • Pinch of Salt


    1. Soften Butter
    2. Cream sugar and softened butter together.
    3. Add in vanilla. Stir.
    4. Slowly add in the flour to the mixture until completely mixed. 
    5. Roll dough on a floured non-stick surface with a floured rolling pin about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. 
    6. Bake on 325 for 10-12 minutes
    7. Take cookies out just short of prior to being done and sprinkle with sugar. Add them back to the oven to finish baking until bottoms are brown. 
    8. Cool on baking racks. 
    9. Store in a container when fully cooled.


  1. The yield of cookies may vary depending on the size you cut them and the size of your cookie stamps.
  2. If your cookie dough gets too warm to press and cut. (appears sticky) You can chill it in the fridge by wrapping dough in saran wrap or cover bowl with saran wrap for a few minutes but, no longer than 10 minutes to firm up the dough for pressing.
  3. In the video, it shows how you can make the shortbread cookies without the cookie press.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 367Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 61mgSodium 191mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 3g

Not all nutritional information is 100% accurate.

What are your favorite holiday cookies? Christmas cookies?

Sugared Shortbread Cookies - You will want to try this shortbread cookies recipe made with or without the sugar sprinkled on top, they are delicious!  It's become a family favorite we make over and over for Christmas cookies, holidays and anytime we want shortbread cookies. Vary designs by using different cookie stamps and presses. Find this cookies recipe and more at

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  1. Those cookies are so cute! Love the detail on them. I’m not sure that I have any favorite cookies during the holidays. There all so good! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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