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
Brown Sugar Shortbreads

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

Spicy Chocolate Shortbread

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

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

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

Lemony Glazed Shortbread Bars

    Lemon zest adds a tangy touch to these tender cookies.

Spiced Oatmeal Shortbread Wedges

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

Almond Shortbread Wedges

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

Pecan Shortbread Logs

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

Orange and Raspberry Chip Shortbread

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

Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies Laced with Honey

    Cornmeal adds delightful texture to these lemon shortbread cookies.

Maple-Pecan Shortbread

    A bit of orange zest brightens these nutty shortbread wedges.

Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

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

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.

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.

Pineapple and Macadamia Nut Shortbread

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

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Orange Buttercream

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

Shortbread Brownies

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

Latte Shortbread Sticks

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

Twixy Shortbread Bars

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

Oatmeal Shortbread

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

Easy Chocolate Shortbread

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

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