Our Best Shortbread Cookies for Christmas

With their dense cake-like texture and full, rich flavor, shortbread cookies are a traditional Christmas favorite. Try one (or three!) with a warm mug of cocoa or tea.


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Brown Sugar Shortbreads on cookie sheet
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Brown Sugar Shortbreads

    Apple pie spice adds an unexpected twist to these pretty shortbread cookies.

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Spicy Chocolate Shortbread

    Ground chile pepper adds a delightful kick to these cookies, while drizzled chocolate adds a festive touch.

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Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

    These shortbread cookies have all the goodness of traditional red velvet cake -- plus creamy white chocolate and crunchy pistachio nuts.

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Lemony Glazed Shortbread Bars

    Lemon zest adds a tangy touch to these tender cookies.

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Spiced Oatmeal Shortbread Wedges

    Toasted oats, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves give this spiced shortbread delicious flavor.

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Almond Shortbread Wedges

    Almond-butter frosting and toasted almonds top this rich shortbread dessert.

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Pecan Shortbread Logs

    Apricot preserves and raspberry jam fill these shortbread logs. A powdered sugar-rum glaze makes a sweet topper.

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Orange and Raspberry Chip Shortbread

    The sweet-tart combo of orange peel and raspberry chocolate chips make this treat a crowd pleaser.

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Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies Laced with Honey

    Cornmeal adds delightful texture to these lemon shortbread cookies.

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Maple-Pecan Shortbread

    A bit of orange zest brightens these nutty shortbread wedges.

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Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

    Melted bittersweet chocolate makes a blissful pairing with browned butter shortbread.

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White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

    A Christmas classic goes from traditional to fabulous when dipped in melted white chocolate, then rolled in nonpareils and edible glitter.

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Nutty Shortbread

    They're a little crunchy, a little chewy, a little sweet, and a little spicy -- and these shortbread bites take just 20 minutes to make.

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Pineapple and Macadamia Nut Shortbread

    Sweet pineapple icing gives this delightful cookie a hint of tropical flair.

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Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Orange Buttercream

    Sweet, tender, and with a refreshing touch of citrus, these simple sandwich cookies are hard to beat.

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Shortbread Brownies

    With a dense shortbread base and a rich, chewy chocolate-chip brownie on top, these irresistible bars combine two classic favorites.

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Latte Shortbread Sticks

    Choose your favorite flavored instant coffee mix to stir into this shortbread recipe. We love French vanilla or Irish cream.

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Twixy Shortbread Bars

    This ooey-gooey bar puts a delicious homemade spin on the Twix candy bar.

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Oatmeal Shortbread

    These shortbread wedges take just four ingredients to make -- flour, sugar, butter, and quick-cooking rolled oats.

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Easy Chocolate Shortbread

    This sweet and simple chocolate shortbread takes just four ingredients and 20 minutes to make.

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