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
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
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.
When fully mixed roll out the dough onto a non-stick surface that has been floured. I also flour my rolling pin.
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.
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.
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
What are your favorite holiday cookies? Christmas cookies?
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