Easy Shortbread Cookies (Cookie Press)
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Shortbread cookies are simple and classic buttery Christmas cookies that melt in your mouth.
These easy cookies are made using a cookie press to create perfect holiday bites.
High quality butter and vanilla will produce the best results.
How to Make Easy Shortbread Cookies (Cookie Press)
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Everyone has that one Christmas cookie that just tastes like the holidays… this is mine!
Shortbread cookies are actually very simple to make and require ingredients you likely already have on hand!
They are buttery, not overly sweet and literally melt in your mouth.
This recipe uses a cookie press to press these out.
If you don’t have a cookie press, you can grab one on Amazon or even just roll small balls and flatten them with a fork!
I am lucky enough to have an old vintage cookie press that I’ve had for years. It creates the same beautiful cookies my grandma used to make!
Keep in mind that although these cookies use a cookie press, these are shortbread cookies and not a spritz cookie. The texture and flavor are different as spritz cookies generally contain an egg.
Although this recipe originally was mixed using a stand mixer, my Grandma always said that mixing by hand was essential to this recipe. This recipe has been tested over and over, and you definitely get the best texture by stirring by hand. For those of you asking, yes, you can use a mixer but it takes less than 5 minutes to mix it all by hand and the difference is noticeable.
One thing to remember is that all of the flavor in these cookies comes from the butter and vanilla. This is a good place to splurge and buy a butter you know and love (rather than a store brand), it will definitely show in the flavor of your cookies. I use a high quality vanilla as well.
Shortbread cookies are simple and classic buttery cookies that melt in your mouth. These easy cookies are made using a cookie press to create perfect holiday bites. High-quality butter and vanilla will produce the best results.
- 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, vanilla & powdered sugar on medium until mixed.
Add in cornstarch and flour. Beat just until combined.
Place dough into cookie press and press onto an ungreased pan (Or you can make small balls about 3/4" and press flat with fork). Add sprinkles or colored sugar if desired.
Bake 9-11 minutes or just until done. Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Note: This recipe can be doubled using 1 lb of butter and doubling all remaining ingredients.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)