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top down view of the Christmas Shortbread Cookies packed in a holiday gift box

Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

These classic holiday cookies are easy to make using a handful of pantry staples.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Western
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 126kcal


Shortbread cookies ingredients:

  • 1 cup (227g) butter softened
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (256g) flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Frosting ingredients (optional):

  • 2 cups (224g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup


To make the cookies;

  • Preheat oven to 350F / 176C.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  • Add the combined dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix well.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Then roll out the dough to half-inch thick, use cookie cutters to cut into festive shapes and transfer to cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the bottom is lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire baking rack to cool.

To make the frosting (optional);

  • In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, water, and corn syrup. Add food coloring if desired, or leave it white as I did.
  • When cookies are completely cooled, add the frosting and top with festive sprinkles.


  • Beat the butter and sugar well but avoid overmixing the dough when you add the additional ingredients. Just mix enough to incorporate everything.
  • Be sure to refrigerate the dough before rolling and work quickly once you begin to roll out the cookies. If the dough gets too soft, pop it into the freezer for a few minutes before proceeding.
  • Leave about 1-inch between the dough shapes to allow them room to spread while baking.
  • You can also refrigerate the cut shapes on the cookie sheet for 20-30 minutes before baking to prevent spreading and ensure even cooking.
  • Avoid overbaking the cookies.
There are 6 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg