Easy Shortbread Christmas Cookies

Easy Shortbread Christmas CookiesYou can see it in their eyes, the question. ‘When are you going to make Christmas cookies?’. You can only stand it so long until you break down and decide which of the 12 or so different kinds you will make this season. Now I will admit I am no cookie expert, but what I do know is that my kids love them, and use words like ‘oh my god’, ‘ummmmm’, and ‘delicious’. These are always encouraging words to hear.

Lately, I broke. I couldn’t take the look anymore, and decided on something easy to make to keep them occupied until I was truly ready to bake. So, lets bring on the ever so easy and delicious shortbread Christmas cookie.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • colored sugar (optional, but fun)

That’s it.

To your processor, add the butter and sugar and mix to a nice cream. Slowly add in your flour. Now keep in mind when you bring this together, it doesn’t really form a dough like you have in mind. You have to, in my opinion, work it with your hands a bit. My hands are always warm, which is probably helpful in this recipe, as they warm the butter and bring the dough together.

Get your cookie cutters ready and preheat your oven to 300 degrees. I used Christmas trees and some sort of snowman shape.

Lightly flour your surface, and take the dough and mold into a nice ball. Slice it in half and work with one half at a time. Lightly flour a rolling pin, and roll the dough out to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Then dip your cutters in flour and get to work. Carefully remove the excess dough, and place the cutouts onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Take the excess dough and repeat the process. Sprinkle the colored sugar on top of the cookies.

Bake in a 300 degree oven for roughly 20-30 minutes (depending on oven) until light golden brown. Remove and place on a wired rack.

Continue this process with the second half of the dough. These shortbread cookies come out sweet and flaky and are a sure hit, plus it buys me some time until I get the next look, probably two days. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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