These Classic Shortbread Cookies are the perfect mix of buttery and sweet. They are also perfect for decorating for the holidays or just enjoying with a cup of coffee at dessert.
Classic Buttery Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are so buttery and delicious! If you want a cookie that’s not as sweet as a sugar cookie, but still makes your sweet tooth happy, you have to try these classic cookies. Shortbread is really easy to make and uses only a few simple ingredients. These tasty cookies are also really versatile, so you can shape and decorate them to fit your mood or the occasion. They look beautiful on holiday cookie platters and make great gifts!
What you’ll need to make them
Classic shortbread cookies use just a handful of ingredients to achieve their sweet, crumbly texture. You’ll need Unsalted butter, Granulated sugar, Vanilla extract, Powdered sugar, All-purpose flour, and Salt. For decorating, you’ll need Semi-sweet chocolate chips.
How to Make Shortbread Cookies
1. Beat the butter, vanilla, and sugars. Using an electric hand mixer, beat together the softened butter, vanilla, powdered and granulated sugars in a large mixing bowl on high speed. It takes about 1-2 minutes for the butter to become lightly whipped.
2. Add in the flour and salt. Add the flour and a pinch of salt to the butter mixture, then mix it together on low until it comes together. It will be a little crumbly, but you can still form it with your hands.
3. Roll out the dough. Form the cookie dough into a ball and place it on top of a sheet of parchment paper. Then press it down and put another piece of parchment paper on top. Now roll it out with a rolling pin to about 1/4-1/2 inches thick.
4. Cut out shapes. Remove the top parchment paper sheet and begin cutting out circles or any other desired shape. You can use cookie cutters or even a glass cup or pizza cutter to make the shapes you want.
5. Bake. Preheat the oven to 325°F and bake the shortbread cookies for about 12-14 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to the cooling rack.
6. Decorate. Leave the cookies as they are or dip them in melted chocolate and garnish with chopped pistachios for an extra fancy look.
Ways to Decorate these Shortbread Cookies
There is really no wrong way to decorate these delicious cookies, but here are a few ideas:
- Chocolate dip/drizzle- As you can see, I chose to dip these shortbread cookies into melted chocolate, which looks gorgeous on a cookie platter.
- Icing- If you’re making holiday cookies, icing and sprinkles are perfect for bright and cheerful designs.
- Jam- These cookies also go really well with jam. A coating of your favorite jam or preserves on top give them a pop of color and burst of flavor.
- Shapes and holes- Traditional shortbread is “forked,” with holes pokes into the top. You can also shape them into circles, rectangles, or any other cookie cutter shape you like.
How to Store these Classic Cookies
To store these delicious shortbread cookies, you can leave them at room temperature in an airtight container for about 1 week. If you prefer to refrigerate them, then they will last for about 10 days.
Can you Make these Ahead of time?
Yes! During the busy holiday season, you can prepare these classic cookies ahead of time and store them in the freezer until you are ready to serve or gift them. Just wait until the cookies are completely cooled, then wrap them in plastic wrap and foil and place them in a ziplock freezer bag. They will last for about 3-4 weeks.
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Full Recipe Instructions
Classic Shortbread Cookies
- Now add in 2 cups all-purpose flour, and a pinch of salt. Mix the cookie dough together on low speed until it begins to come together. It will look crumbly but should form shape once your hands compress it
- Form the shortbread dough into a ball and place it on top of a sheet of parchment paper. Then press it down and place another sheet of parchment paper on top.
- Now use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough to about 1/4-1/2 inches thick.
- Remove the parchment paper from the top and begin cutting out circles or desired shape. If you don’t have a cookie-cutter, you can use a glass cup to cut out the circles.
- Preheat your oven to 325°F and bake the shortbread cookie for about 12-14 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the hot baking sheet for about five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. ￼￼￼
- You can leave them as they are or dip them in melted semisweet chocolate and garnish with chopped roasted salted pistachios. This makes them look extra fancy and looks great on a cookie platter.