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Shortbread Cookies

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

2
sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1
cup powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
cups flour
Candy ball sprinkles to garnish
Ribbons for wrapping as gift

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

You can make this recipe a few days in advance and even freeze the dough for up to 2 months. Thaw and slice before baking.

I love everything about Christmas. I appreciate this time of year and all the widely used customs that Christmas brings out in people. But all those who know me know that I'm not really a traditionalist; that is, I still like to put my own tiny twist on things sometimes. For example, take Christmas cookies. I love the way most folks like to give them away in metal tins or on plates. It's such a thoughtful gift and so meaningful because one makes it by hand with love and care. I've done this myself many years; and let me say that you could feel how much people appreciate the thought of personally baked cookies. This year, though, I've decided to try a little something different and wrap my cookies in a more "gift-wrapy" kind of way. It's simple: I used wax paper because nothing sticks to it and it's a charming transparent paper that adds a little extra special-looking package of cookies. It makes for a great Christmas gift idea and it's a fun homemade project.

Directions

  • 1 In a mixer add in butter, sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat for 3 minutes or until creamy smooth.
  • 2 Gently fold in flour until dough forms.
  • 3 Divide the dough in half.
  • 4 With floured hands, roll the dough into 2-inch logs.
  • 5 Roll each log tightly in wax paper and place in fridge for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 6 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 7 Unwrap dough and, with a knife, slice into 1/2-inch thick slices. Sprinkle the tops with candy ball sprinkles.
  • 8 Place each cookie on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 1 inch apart from each other.
  • 9 Bake for 18 minutes.
  • 10 Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
  • 11 Once all cookies are cooled, wrap cookies in wax paper and tie each end with a ribbon.

I love everything about Christmas. I appreciate this time of year and all the widely used customs that Christmas brings out in people. But all those who know me know that I'm not really a traditionalist; that is, I still like to put my own tiny twist on things sometimes. For example, take Christmas cookies. I love the way most folks like to give them away in metal tins or on plates. It's such a thoughtful gift and so meaningful because one makes it by hand with love and care. I've done this myself many years; and let me say that you could feel how much people appreciate the thought of personally baked cookies. This year, though, I've decided to try a little something different and wrap my cookies in a more "gift-wrapy" kind of way. It's simple: I used wax paper because nothing sticks to it and it's a charming transparent paper that adds a little extra special-looking package of cookies. It makes for a great Christmas gift idea and it's a fun homemade project.

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Nicole Presley Nicole Presley
September 27, 2015

I love everything about Christmas. I appreciate this time of year and all the widely used customs that Christmas brings out in people. But all those who know me know that I'm not really a traditionalist; that is, I still like to put my own tiny twist on things sometimes. For example, take Christmas cookies. I love the way most folks like to give them away in metal tins or on plates. It's such a thoughtful gift and so meaningful because one makes it by hand with love and care. I've done this myself many years; and let me say that you could feel how much people appreciate the thought of personally baked cookies. This year, though, I've decided to try a little something different and wrap my cookies in a more "gift-wrapy" kind of way. It's simple: I used wax paper because nothing sticks to it and it's a charming transparent paper that adds a little extra special-looking package of cookies. It makes for a great Christmas gift idea and it's a fun homemade project.