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Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies can help you start a wonderful tradition. Every year, we make these and other goodies to put out for Santa. Making them together will always be wonderful memories for me and my kids.

 Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Eve Shortbread cookies have been a tradition here. Making goodies for Christmas is as common at The Buttered Home as gift giving. We have done this for as long as I can remember.

It has always been very important to me and Big D that our girls have sweet memories during this magical time of year. More than the gifts they receive, these memories will stay with them forever. Go here to see some sweet pics of my girls in the Buttered Kitchen.

These Shortbread Cookies, like so many other goodies we make are a real treat. We make the dough ahead of time so on Christmas Eve, we can cut them out and bake them. This way they are fresh for Santa!

How to make shortbread cookies

~ Ingredients ~

  • 1/2 teaspoon, vanilla
  • 2 cups unsalted Butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 cups plain flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt
  • sprinkles or decorations of choice

~ Method ~

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix Brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla and butter in a stand mixer or with hand mixer until combined and somewhat creamy. Mix in 3 and 1/2 cups of the flour just until combined. Reserve the remaining cup of flour for kneading and rolling out cookies.
  2. Knead the dough by hand for 5 minutes using the flour as sparingly as you can. Divide the dough into thirds and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out one third section of the dough to about a 1/2 an inch. Cut cookies, decorate and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone pad. if using a bare baking sheet there is no need to spray with cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Can use all 3 sections of dough or freeze by wrapping well for up to a month. Thaw frozen dough on the countertop at room temperature. Roll out, decorate, cut and cook as stated above. Enjoy!

Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies

Always a great idea, whether you wanted to start a new tradition with your kids or if you need a really yummy goody to give as a gift or take to a party, these Shortbread cookies will serve any need. They are perfect! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, not too sweet, they are as close to perfect as any cookie can get.

We hope here at the Buttered Home, if you have learned anything, that it is there is no replacement for truly homemade. These cookies are a special treat that can hold so many memories for you and your children. They also taste pretty doggone good!

As always, we would love it if you shared this recipe with your family and friends. Over to the side on this post and all of the others are handy dandy share buttons. We would sure be grateful if you shared the love!

Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Eve Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Shortbread Cookies can help you start a Christmas tradition. Every year we make these and other goodies to put out for Santa. Making them together will always be wonderful memories for our family.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1/3 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 & 1/3 cups plain flour, divided
  • Sprinkles or decorations of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix Brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla and butter in a stand mixer or with hand mixer until combined and somewhat creamy. Mix in 3 and 1/2 cups of the flour just until combined. Reserve the remaining cup of flour for kneading and rolling out cookies.

  2. Knead the dough by hand for 5 minutes using the flour as sparingly as you can. Divide the dough into thirds and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest for 30 minutes.

  3. On a floured surface, roll out one third section of the dough to about a 1/2 an inch. Cut cookies, decorate and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone pad. if using a bare baking sheet there is no need to spray with cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

  4. Can use all 3 sections of dough or freeze by wrapping well for up to a month. Thaw frozen dough on the countertop at room temperature. Roll out, decorate, cut and cook as stated above. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 128 Total Fat 10g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 27mg Sodium 61mg Carbohydrates 9g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 5g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 1g
**Nutrition Information are estimates only

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