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Shortbread Cookies

Butter Swirl Shortbread Cookies are a great Christmas Cookie for Holiday Baking! The dough is so easy to make and uses simple ingredients. These are a classic, crisp cookie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword shortbread cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 126kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter at room temperature (8 ounces)*
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar (4 ounces by weight)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (10 ounces by weight)
  • 1 tbsp milk**

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the butter, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla in a large bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until combined, light, and fluffy.
  • Add the flour and mix until it’s crumbly and looks like it can’t be mixed more.
  • Add the milk and keep mixing. The dough should clump together after about 15 seconds. 
  • Place the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a very large star tip, and pipe onto a silicone mat lined baking sheet, with no more than 12 cookies per sheet. 
  • Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Let them cool completely (on the tray is fine)***, and enjoy!

Notes

*If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 tsp of salt with the flour.
**Shortbreads are naturally thick and a more dry dough. If the dough doesn't come together, add another tablespoon or two of milk. Make sure to use a VERY large open tip for piping the dough, otherwise it will be too difficult to pipe it out. You can also use a cookie press instead, or even slice and bake.
***The cookies crisp more as they cool, so it's important to let them cool down for at least an hour.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1.16g | Fat: 7.75g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 26mg | Fiber: 0.25g | Sugar: 5g