Quick and Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

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You will fall in love with these quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies. Not only are they buttery smooth and tasty, but they only require 3 simple ingredients.

You will want to try these quick and easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies!

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Holiday Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

Have you started your holiday baking yet? Well if not today is your lucky day! I am joining 5 other fabulous and talented bloggers for a Holiday Cookie Exchange Blog Hop hosted by Jen of Midwest Life and Style. If you are “hopping” over from Bethany of Crisp Collective, welcome! Don’t her peppermint chocolate chunk cookies look amazing!? Yes please! You can find the other cookie recipes at the end of my post…but now come on in to my kitchen and see what I have been baking!

Cookies for Santa? Try these shortbread ones he will love!

Quick And Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Each year we love baking cookies for our family, friends and neighbors and of course Santa! These shortbread cookies are always on our list because they are so gosh darn yummy! But I want to be honest with you all…I am not a baker!

It’s just not my thing.

However, I promise these quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies can not be messed up! The recipe only requires three ingredients and these delicious cookies can be whipped up in under 30 minutes! Even my kids love making these cookies.

Butter, flour and sugar all you need for shortbread cookies!

Only Three Ingredients

Like I mentioned above I’m not a baker and I don’t usually have many baking ingredients on hand. If you can relate then you will love these quick and easy shortbread cookies because all you need is sugar, butter and flour! I know, crazy right?! 

A kitchen aid mixer makes these shortbread Christmas cookies easy to make!

The butter needs to be softened or at room temperature. The first thing you do is cream one cup of butter or margarine and half a cup of sugar together in your mixer on. You can do it by hand or hand mixer as well if needed. Then gradually add two cups of flour into the mixer. Last sprinkle in some Christmas colored sugar and mix it up!

Shortbread cookie dough with Christmas sugar!

The dough is not too sticky and not to crumbly. Finally, take out the dough and press it into a flat ungreased rimmed cookie sheet. I used and 18 x 13 in cookie sheet.  Then prick it all over with a fork.

Preparing the shortbread to bake

Adding More Christmas Touches To The Cookies

Once the cookie dough was pressed in the sheet and molds I then sprinkled more red and green sugar on top. You can never have too much sugar, right?!

Green and red sugar are the perfect Christmas accent for shortbread cookies!

Baking The Cookies : Quick and Easy

Now your dough is ready to go in the oven! Set your oven to 300 degrees for 45 minutes or until the cookies are light brown around the edges. We like ours soft and slightly chewy so we take ours out when they are barely brown on the edges. This is a personal preference. If you like your shortbread harder then just leave it in the oven longer!

Don't forget to immediately cut your shortbread cookies when they come out of the oven!

Cut them into squares immediately as they come out of the oven! Wait a bit for them to cool and enjoy alone, with coffee or tea! Or my mom’s amazing hot chocolate!

  • For high altitude adjust to 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.

You will love these quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies!

Can You Use Cookie Mold With Shortbread

This year I decided I wanted to spice up our normal shortbread recipe up a bit and use some cookie molds that I found last year at an after Christmas sale. I know this recipe works for cookie molds because last Valentine’s Day I made heart shaped shortbread cookies!

Ceramic cookie molds for Christmas shortbread

However, after reading the tags on these molds they suggested they not be placed in the oven. I thought this was weird since my heart shaped cookie mold did go in the oven. I still figured I would give them a try and do as the tag suggested: chill the mold with the cookie dough and remove the dough and place it on a cookie sheet to bake. Let’s just say this was easier said than done! Quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies!

I tried to remove the “chilled” shortbread dough from the molds and it did not work. So I totally threw the molds in the oven. I figured, eh why not?

Quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies with ceramic molds.

I know…GASP! I’m a rule breaker. Oddly enough, as the first born I’m not usually the rule breaker I’m the rule follower. And guess what? They turned out…ok!

Quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies!

Not perfect, but… ok! You can see in the picture above they are more brown and crumbly. Luckily I had my other batch that turned out perfect so I wasn’t too sad.

Quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies with red and green sugar!

The Recipe

Yield: 24 cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies recipe

These buttery soft cookies are delicious and easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes 35 seconds
Total Time 55 minutes 35 seconds


  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of flour


  1. First cream your room temperature butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl or mixer.
  2. Next, gradually add the 2 cups of flour into the creamed mixture.
  3. Add seasonally colored sugar to dough as you are mixing.
  4. Press the dough out on an ungreased 18 x 13 inch rimmed cookie sheet.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar (colored for the holidays) and prick the dough all over with a fork.
  6. Bake at 300 degrees for 35--45 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  7. Cut it into squares immediately after it comes out.


HIGH ALTITUDE: Adjust to 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until the edges are brown.

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Quick and Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies

These quick and easy Christmas cookies are buttery smooth and taste absolutely delicious! Plus they are a great choice for those of you who aren’t bakers like me, because they are hard to mess up.  They are a family favorite of ours and they always make it into our holiday baking plans. I know they will be our Christmas cookie of choice for many years to come. 

Check out these quick and easy Christmas shortbread cookies!

Have you tried shortbread before? What cookies are you baking this year and which ones are you leaving out for Santa this year? Now make sure to check out Meeghan at Cali Girl In A Southern World’s almond snowball cookie recipe next!



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Quick And Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies / / Molasses Cookies With White Chocolate / / Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Almond Snowball Cookies / / Mom’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies / / Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies


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  1. I don’t know how you can say you are not a baker. These look ah-mazing? And only 3 ingredients? Definitely pinning so I can make these ASAP!

    Thank you for joining me for this fun cookie exchange, friend. So happy to have you!

  2. Kelly, I love that we have connected and I love getting to know you more with each blog you publish!! Although technically I’m not a first born I was raised from a young age as a first born…and i too love RULES!!! But every once in a while breaking the rules is just what the soul needs! Your cookies turned out wonderful and I love how easy they are!! This would be perfect for my young girls!!! Minimal Mess Baby!!! XoXo

    1. I do too! It’s fun to see how much we have in common! Your girls would love this recipe…mine sure do! Thanks for stopping by and being so kind! Happy baking!

  3. Kelly,
    First, you had me at how amazing and delicious your cookies look. Then, to read on and find out you only need three ingredients?! I’m so in on these! I cannot wait to try your recipe. Thank heaven for stretchy pants, I’m going to need them this season!

  4. I’m looking forward to baking this weekend. I love baking cookies unfortunately, they’re my weakness too.

    I’ll be baking eggnog biscotti and brown sugar shortbread cookies.


  5. What a genius idea to make them as one unit! I’m totally doing this! Game changer! Plus, there’s time to bake these before Christmas! Thank you for the inspo – can’t wait to make them!

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