These vintage, buttery, soft cookies are the perfect holiday cookie that Santa will be sure to love. They are made with just 3 ingredients and are Christmas cookie cutter friendly as they do not spread.
Christmas is a time for giving, and what better way to show your loved ones you care than with a batch of homemade shortbread cookies? These delicious treats are not only easy to make, but only require three ingredients!
These classic Shortbread cookies are a holiday favorite. They are incredibly easy to make, as they only require three ingredients: butter, powdered sugar, and flour. This recipe is the perfect way to show your loved ones how much you care this holiday season. Simply bake, gift, and attach a card for a cheap, but thoughtful Christmas gift!
Festive 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
Are you looking for a cookie recipe that is tradition worthy? If so, these buttery, dainty cookies are it! Chances are, you might even have everything you need to bake them in the pantry or fridge? Our family loves this recipe because it is cookie cutter friendly and does not produce cookies that spread. As long as you follow each step, you will have the yummiest shortbread cookies around.
Butter – This recipe requires 1 cup (2 sticks) of salted butter that is cubed, and room temperature.
Flour – You will need 2 cups of all-purpose flour for this recipe. I have not tested it with other varieties so I am unsure if they would work.
Sugar – Just one half cup of powdered sugar provides the soft, slightly sweet cookie texture these cookie provide.
Make sure extra flour is set aside to flour your work space. Sprinkle all-purpose flour on the rolling pin, rolling surface, and cookie cutters.
Chilling the dough is also crucial so that the cookies hold their shape. I chill the dough for 30 minutes before rolling it out. I also chill the cut out cookies for an additional 15 minutes before baking so they hold their shapes.
You can also add holiday sprinkles to the dough before cutting out the cookies if you like the confetti dough look.
These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week. The cookie dough or baked cookies can also be frozen. Store dough wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap in an airtight container in the freezer. Baked cookies can also be frozen and stored in an airtight container.
For gifting, I suggest baking these cookies the day of gifting for maximum freshness and texture.
More Tasty Christmas Cookies
- Soft Cinnamon Chewy Cookies
- Maraschino Cherry Cookies
- Peppermint Snowball Cookies
- Flourless Double Chocolate Cookies
- Cherry Pistachio Snowball Cookies
3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
- stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
- rubber spatula
- cookie board
- measuring cup
- Rolling Pin
- mini cookie cutters
- oven adjusted to the center rack position
- 1 cup cubed, salted butter at room temperature,
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and mix until well combined.
- Chill dough for 30 minutes minimally.
- Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out cookies using whatever shape cookie cutter you desire.
- Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Insert any cookie candies or sprinkles you wish.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Put baking tray in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill cutout cookies.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
- Allow cookies to cool for tens minutes (they are fragile when warm) and then transfer them to a cooling rack. Repeat above steps to finish baking all cookies.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.