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If you’re looking for a light, shortbread cookie that almost melts in your mouth, these Whipped Shortbread Cookies are the winner! I’ve made them for the holidays, but they are delicious any time of the year.
Whipped Shortbread Cookies:
It’s Christmas Cookie Day here on Inspired by Charm! I’m serving up these super easy and wonderfully delicious Whipped Shortbread Cookies. I’m also joined by my Tastes of the Season blogger friends who are sharing even more delicious holiday cookie inspiration. If you’re looking to try some new cookie recipes, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve linked everyone at the end of this post, so be sure to check them out before heading on your way.
As much as I love a fancy cookie recipe (which, by the way, I have lots of Christmas cookie recipes you can find HERE), sometimes I just want a quick and easy cookie recipe that looks festive and tastes delicious. These Whipped Shortbread Cookies are the answer!
Looking for more Christmas inspiration? This list is for you!
The Ultimate Christmas Idea and Recipe Resource List:
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- The Best Christmas Cocktail Recipes
- My Favorite Christmas Cookies
- Christmas Q&A – answering YOUR Christmas questions
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- 2018 Christmas at Bayberry House – latest Holiday Home Tour
- How to add Ribbon to your Christmas Tree – highly popular post!
- 16+ Beautiful Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
Why? Let me tell you … you only need a few ingredients to make them, the dough comes together in minutes with no chilling time, and they are decorated in mere seconds with just a bit of sprinkles.
The resulting cookie is a light and airy shortbread that practically melts in your mouth. And, with colorful sprinkles, it’s the perfect festive addition to your holiday cookie tray.
Let’s whip up a few dozen!
How to Make Whipped Shortbread Cookies:
Begin by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy – I recommend using a stand mixer, but a hand mixer will work just fine. (I’ve shared ingredient amounts and instructions in the printable recipe card below.)
Next, add in the salt and vanilla extract. Beat again to combine. You can also use almond extract here if you wish. Both are delicious!
Gradually add the flour and cornstarch and beat to combine.
Take one tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place balls one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Press lightly with a floured fork. Top with sprinkles or nonpareils. As you can see, I used a varieties of “sprinkles.”
Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Once cooled, you can pack and store them in an airtight container.
It’s really that simple!
If you need a last-minute cookie recipe that everyone will love or just want to try something new this year, give these Whipped Shortbread Cookies a try!
Looking for more Christmas cookie recipes? Try these:
- Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
- Cream Wafer Cookies
- Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups
- Cream Horn Cookies
- Peppermint Kiss Cookies
- Classic Gingerbread Cookies
Want more Christmas cookie inspiration? Be sure to check out the delicious Christmas cookie confection collection below! My Tastes of the Season blogger friends brought their A game. There’s something for everyone!
If you want more of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes, I have a post dedicated to the ones I love the most. You can find that HERE.
Tastes of the Season Christmas Cookie Recipes:
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Ella Claire & Co. | Whipped Shortbread Cookies by Inspired by Charm | Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Anderson + Grant
Stamped Gingerbread Glaze Cookies by Handmade Farmhouse | Peppermint Sugar Cookies by Freutcake | M&M Christmas Cookies by I Heart Naptime
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Whipped Shortbread Cookie Recipe:
Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter softened
- 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract*
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- sprinkles to decorate
- Begin by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. (I recommend using a stand mixer, but a hand mixer will work just fine.) Add in the salt and vanilla extract. Beat again to combine.
- Gradually add the flour and cornstarch and beat to combine.
- Take one tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Place balls one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Press lightly with a floured fork. Top with sprinkles or nonpareils.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Once cooled, pack and store in an airtight container.
Could these be made into heart shapes for Valentine treats? WOuld be cute on a Valentine cookie plate.
I am making the recipe but I have to use a hand mixer but I can not get it to turn into a dough, what did I do, I followed the recipe exactly!
Mine melted in the oven? I’ve never had this happen with cookies before but they’re sitting in a pool of butter. It’s very disappointing. What did I do wrong? I live in a tropical climate so I let them chill in the fridge before I baked them so I’m very surprised by how they came out.
these cookies are tasteless!!!! im sorry they tasted like flour cookies!! me and my kids thought they were awful!!! maybe needed some sugar or something sweet, very bland, so in my opinion, not a good cookie
Did you add the sugar in the recipe? And the vanilla extract? Like most shortbread cookies, they are a pretty simple cookie, but tasteless they are not.
The recipe calls for powdered sugar. But on the directions it calls for confectioners sugar. Which one should I use?
They are the same thing.
When I got finished making the dough it was too soft for me to start rolling into balls so I put it in the refrigerator to firm up and the other thing I agree with everybody else these cookies are tasteless I tasted the dough and there is no sweetness or no flavor.. I guess I’ll put some almond extract in it or maybe some orange extract something to make it taste better…
I made these pretty much to suit except added 1/2 tsp of almond extract as well as the vanilla. They are delicate in flavor and consistency.
These turned out great! I had almond extract on hand, they almost melt in your mouth, with a soft crunch, great shortbread recipe.
Subbed in Orange extract for vanilla
Added 1 Tbsp orange zest
4 Tbsp Chopped cranberries
how much is your normal cup size? I know everyone’s are different
I can’t wait to make these simple cookies, they sound delicious!
These were delicious and really easy to make. Thank you so much for the recipe.
Will this do survive a cookie press?
I’m not sure if you can use this recipe with a cookie press.
Can you freeze these cookies after baking them
I froze the ones I made, but haven’t thawed them yet. I assume so.
Made these cookies and they are so good. I put sprinkles on half and I dipped half the cookie in chocolate on the other half. They can be frozen even with chocolate and sprinkles
This looks like a wonderful starter cookie for my granddaughters we will try these soon I love shortbread and this looks like this would be a wonderful thing
Can this dough also be rolled out and then cut with cookie cutters to decorate with icing?
Has anyone tried making these with other flavor extracts (ie: lemon, strawberry, etc)? If so, how did they turn out?
Thanks for the recipe! Cookies look delish, but, may I ask where you found the cute red checked dish towel? Thank you!
so yummy looking..nice addition to our cookie trays..happy holidays, marie from canada
These will be my first Christmas cookies my granddaughter and I will bake after Thanksgiving. Thank you Michael for all your delicious cookie recipes.
I really love shortbread and can’t wait to try these!