Rich and Buttery Shortbread

Christmas Baking Series Part 2

This Rich and Buttery Shortbread is one of our Christmas baking traditions.  We’ve been making it since our children were around eight or nine years old {they are now in their twenties} and the reason we were drawn to this recipe is because they could mix up with their hands.

Rich and Buttery Shortbread

That’s right.

Just dump everything in a bowl and let them mix and squish away until the ingredients are all mixed into a nice cookie dough, and then let them press it into the pie dish.  {It can also be mixed in a stand mixer, using the low speed so it doesn’t get over-mixed.}

Shortbread is a very simple yet delicious cookie that can be eaten casually at home or served at dinner parties, and it’s nice enough for gifting to friends and neighbors.  Our favorite way of eating it is alongside a cup of hot chocolate ~ it would be delicious with your favorite hot beverage.



Yield: 2 8-inch pie dishes, 16 pieces of shortbread



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, mix all the ingredients with your fingers until the dough is smooth and holds together.
  3. Divide the dough in half. Press each half into an ungreased 8-inch round pie dish {or cake pan}. Be sure to spread the dough evenly and smooth out the top.
  4. Using the tines of a fork, make a decorative border around the edges.
  5. Then use a sharp knife to cut the shortbread into eight wedges.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to lightly brown.
  7. Remove the shortbread from the oven and immediately recut the eight wedges with the sharp knife.
  8. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.

 This is what it looks like prior to baking after using a the tines of a fork around the edge,
poking the holes with a fork, and scoring it into pieces.

Shortbread-KidsStepsTake a look at what my friends are sharing today for our Christmas Baking Series:

Leilani at Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith :: Chocolate Crinkles
Jeanie at Create and Babble :: Pecan Tassies
Kim at Simply Domestic :: Cinnamon Candy


{Click here to see where I link up.}

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