Delight your holiday guests with these buttery Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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These festive cookies are easy to make and perfect for gifting or enjoying with a cup of hot cocoa. The buttery flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture make them a Christmas classic.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup red and green sprinkles for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in flour, salt, and vanilla extract, mixing until dough comes together.
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
  5. Place cookies on prepared baking sheet and decorate with sprinkles.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack before serving or packaging for gifting.

Interesting Facts

  • Shortbread cookies originated in Scotland and have been a traditional Christmas treat for centuries.
  • Shortbread is known for its crumbly texture and rich buttery flavor.
  • Adding sprinkles or other decorations makes these cookies perfect for holiday celebrations.