Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mom's Christmas Shortbread!

I think there are as many recipes for shortbread as there are Moms. This is my Mom's recipe. Christmas is not Christmas without these cookies. My Mom sent them 4,000 miles each year while I was in university. Many would end up in crumbs, but trust me, they tasted just as good that way as they did whole! They are amazing, simple and forever THE Christmas cookie in my house.

3 cups flour
2 cups butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup corn starch

What to do
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and corn starch.
  3. Beat butter until fluffy.
  4. In three additions, add flour mixture to butter and mix after each addition.
  5. Using small cookie scoop, drop cookies on to cookie sheet and press lightly with a fork.
  6. If desired, dust with sanding sugar or other sprinkles.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly golden at edges.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes and remove to cooling rack.

  • These cookies can be frozen and, in fact, taste great straight from the freezer.
  • Crumbs also taste great sprinkled over ice cream!


  1. Omg, these are soooo goodddd and i love everything about them !!
    Love their made with cornstarch and icing sugar , coz that will bring around a rice crispiness to the cookie, am i rite?

  2. I love shortbread cookies! These sound and look awesome!

  3. Moms recipes are always the best. Maybe its because there are always so many memories attached to them. Your moms shortbread cookies you made look perfect and absolutely delicious! Have a great week!

  4. I need to convert this to UK measurements! They are beautiful. x

  5. It always amazes me of how such simple ingredients can yield such perfect cookies!

  6. can't go wrong with two cups of butter.

  7. These look so simple to make. So much butter too.. Thank you!!