Easy Festive Shortbread Cookies

I decided a few months ago that I finally wanted to learn how to make the perfect shaped cookies to decorate for Christmas. Of course, my mother knew the exact recipe I was looking for, and after tweaking it slightly, this is definitely my new favorite cookie recipe. Both the cookie dough and icing don't take long at all to make, and the process is actually very enjoyable. If you like baking, that is, and I definitely do.

For The Dough

You need:

3/4 cup margarine or butter, thoroughly softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
vanilla extract

To make:

1. Heat your oven to 350F.

2. Mix the margarine/butter and sugar. Stir in the flour, and add a dash or two of vanilla extract. TIP: It's easier to just use your hands to mix everything!

3. If the dough is too crumbly, add one or two more tablespoons of thoroughly softened margarine/butter.

4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface, and cut your shapes out. They don't have to be placed too far apart on the baking sheet.

5. Bake for twenty minutes, and remove them from the baking sheets to a cooling rack immediately after they come out of the oven.

For The Icing

You'll need:

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup margarine or butter, thoroughly softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoon milk

To make:

1. Mix the powdered sugar and margarine/butter.

2. Stir in vanilla and milk, and beat until smooth. Add food coloring if you'd like.

3. When the cookies are completely cooled, pipe the icing on in any pattern or fashion you'd like.

Like I said, this is definitely my new favorite cookie recipe. The entire batch was gone within the evening (not just me, I swear), and I made them again the next day. I'll also be making them again for Christmas day, if I don't get to it before then. They're delicious and festive, and they'd be fun to make with loved ones. 

I hope you try the recipe, and enjoy!


  1. I love Christmas cookies! Or any fresh baked cookie, really. Is that the sparkly icing from the grocery store? I always wonder what's in it that makes it look so glittery.

    1. Me too! I'm not sure, but everything here (in this post) is made from scratch!

  2. Ooh these look delicious! I always loved hanging biscuits on the tree and this recipe looks perfect. Unsure whether they'll last too long though :')

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

    1. Thank you! You should definitely make them, though they probably won't last too long!

  3. Oooh I love baking and decorating Christmas cookies! Yours turned out so nice and cute. I always have the most fun decorating them and then I don't want to destroy these little art pieces by eating them :D haha I also don't love the taste of cookies, so I usually end up giving them to friends and family. I think self made cookies make for some great presents!
    Charlotte Luisa | bycharlotteluisa.com

    1. Luckily these are easy to make, so you can whip more up again in no time! Thanks Charlotte!

  4. Aww they looks so festive and they definitely sound yummy too! Love to decorate cookies with icing, haha it's the best part kind of! Xx


  5. These are adorable!! Such a fun way to spend time with family or friends too! Decorating is the best part!


    1. Thanks Kelsie, and I'm glad you agree!

  6. These look so good!! x


  7. Ooh delicious! I really need to make some myself!

    Ellen x


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