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.
Homemade Shortbread Cookies
Everyone has that one Christmas cookie that just tastes like the holidays… this is mine!
When I bite into one of these delicious shortbread cookies, it just brings me back to my Grandma’s kitchen filled with Nanaimo bars, sugar cookies and these beauties. They’re buttery and melt in your mouth tender.
Shortbread cookies are actually very simple to make and require ingredients you likely already have on hand! I love these delicate cookies as they are not overly sweet and literally melt in your mouth.
What Are Shortbread Cookies?
Shortbread cookies are a butter based cookie that will literally melt in your mouth! I use a cookie press to make these cookies so they do look similar to a Spritz Cookie. The texture and flavor are different as spritz cookies generally contain an egg while shortbread does not.
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.
How to Make Shortbread Cookies
This shortbread cookie recipe is especially close to my heart. I didn’t eat a ton of cookies but I could never resist my Grandma’s shortbread cookies. This recipe has been tested over and over and recently updated to make it easier and for the best flavor!
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 (check your local thrift shops, they turn up from time to time). It creates the same beautiful cookies from my childhood!
Keep in mind that although these cookies use a cookie press, these are shortbread cookies and not a spritz cookie.
Note: While this recipe has been made many times as written, measurements have been slightly adjusted to create more consistent results.
Easy Shortbread Cookies (Cookie Press)
- 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour all-purpose
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, vanilla & powdered sugar on medium until mixed.
Add in cornstarch, flour, and salt. 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.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)