Our Best Shortbread Cookies for Christmas

Buttery shortbread cookies taste great any time of year—yet because they’re infinitely shapeable and easy to decorate, they’re top choices for holiday baking, too. With shortbread recipes galore, this story shows you how to make shortbread into the stars of your Christmas cookie tray.

Classic Shortbread

Whether you call them shortbread biscuits or shortbread cookies, this traditional shortbread recipe is the one you’re looking for! PS: Shortbread biscuits is simply the British term for shortbread cookies—yes, they’re the same thing. 

Iced Walnut Shortbread Cookies

A sprinkling of nuts and a cream cheese icing bring extra opulence to an otherwise traditional shortbread recipe. A scalloped cookie cutter is all it takes to attain the graceful edges of these holiday-worthy shortbread cookies.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

Better make a double batch! This shortbread cookie recipe combines that ever-popular dynamite duo—chocolate and peanut butter—for an irresistible treat that will be the first to go on any holiday cookie tray.

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

We took a basic shortbread cookie recipe, swapped brown sugar for white, and then added a touch of apple pie spice. The result? Everything you love about shortbread cookies but with extra depth of flavor.

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

We are so not over the red velvet craze! In fact, we’re as crazy about it as ever, thanks to these elegant shortbread cookies inspired by the classic cake. And with white chocolate and pistachios in the mix, how can you go wrong?

Lemony Glazed Shortbread Bars

We love shortbread bars—their shape makes them great for dipping into cocoa, coffee, or tea. We like them even more when they have a citrusy angle that delightfully contrasts the buttery richness you demand in great shortbread cookies.

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

Sure, you could purchase chocolate chip shortbread cookies at a well-stocked supermarket. But imagine how much fresher and better they’ll taste when you make them at home—especially with the little-something-extra touch of chocolate-raspberry chips and an orange glaze. It’s one of the most simple yet sublime shortbread ideas in our collection.

Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies Laced with Honey

We’ve seen a lot of herb-flecked shortbread recipes come and go over the years, but the combo of lemon and thyme is a keeper! The cornmeal adds a little extra texture to this version.

Spiced Oatmeal Shortbread Wedges

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

White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

When you’re looking for shortbread recipes for the holiday season, choose one with bright maraschino cherries in the mix! You can always count on the fruit’s festive red color to say “Merry Christmas” in the sweetest of ways.

Cherry-Almond Shortbread Cookies

With a little piped icing, you can transform shortbread cookies into these cute shortbread desserts. They’ll be the jewel in the crown of the sweets table at your holiday buffet party.

Elfin Shortbread Bites

These sweet bites might be the cutest pick in our collection of shortbread recipes. And this dressed-up shortbread cookie recipe isn't just for Christmas! Vary the colors of the sprinkles for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and more to enjoy all year.

Pineapple and Macadamia Nut Shortbread

We love traditional shortbread recipes, but we also can’t resist renegade shortbread cookies with flavor combos that veer off the beaten path. When we’re in the mood for the latter, this tropically inspired shortbread cookie recipe definitely does the trick!

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Orange Buttercream

Looking for shortbread recipes that can double as dessert? You’ve landed on one of our tip picks! It’s the luscious orange buttercream that steers the simple shortbread cookies into the realm of decadent desserts.

Shortbread Brownies

Talk about the best of both worlds! These deluxe shortbread bars combine a rich crust based on a classic shortbread cookie recipe with a dense and chewy chocolate chip brownie on top.

Maple-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Sure, festive cutout cookies are great for Christmas, but while you’re baking up a storm, why not add a little variety to the tray with these pretty wedges? This shortbread cookie recipe calls on a tart pan to achieve those pretty fluted edges. How easy is that?

Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

If you love pecan sandies, you’ll appreciate this shortbread cookie recipe. These gems have the same rich, melt-in-your-mouth texture and nutty goodness, but you can cut them into festive shapes for the holidays.

Latte Shortbread Sticks

This recipe shows you how to make shortbread dough in the food processor for perfect-texture results. For a great gift, present these slices of heaven with a homemade hot cocoa mix.

Twixy Shortbread Bars

You can't go wrong with shortbread recipes that include a generous slather of chocolate. Now add a layer of caramel for a surefire home run.

Easy Chocolate Shortbread

Flour, sugar, and butter are the hallmark ingredients in all good shortbread recipes. Here, the trio brings along a “plus one”—cocoa powder—for incredible results. Keep the ingredients on hand and you’ll always be just 20 minutes from popping these chocolate shortbread bars into the oven for an anytime treat.

Grape-Glazed Almond Butter Shortbread Cookies

We love the way the almond butter in these shortbread cookies combines with sweet cream butter for a richness that’s out of this world. A slather of jam adds a striking color, and the pretty decoration of sliced almonds hints at the white poinsettias of the holiday season.

Gingersnap Shortbread Cookies

Some of our best shortbread recipes are actually two cookies combined as one. Here, the density and buttery flavor of classic shortbread cookies combine with baking-spice flavors of gingersnap cookies for one fabulous treat.

Strawberry Shortbread Icicles

We love coming up with ways our shortbread recipes will complement a Christmas cookie tray. Here’s a case in point: Imagine how pretty these long, thin, icicle-like shards would look alongside other cookies in your collection.

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