Christmas is almost here! If you’re searching for a last-minute cookie recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Classic melt in your mouth shortbread comes together quickly and is guaranteed to be a hit with Santa (or on the family baking tray). A quick dip in white chocolate and a special sprinkle mix take them to the next level.
Soft Shortbread Cookies for Christmas
I’ve tried a lot of shortbread recipes over the years, and this one is my favourite. Once you try a cornstarch-based recipe, you won’t go back. The cornstarch ones give a much smoother texture and the dough is easier to work with than the traditional recipes with white sugar, flour, and butter.
Word to the wise–do not substitute margarine for butter. The recipe will not work. Ask me how I know. . . .Santa wants these classic shortbread cookies when he stops by your house.Click To Tweet
I wanted to share a funny story with you about these shortbread cookies. If you don’t like stories, just skip to the end of the post for the recipe. Here it goes:
One year my family spent Christmas in Jamaica meeting our new in-laws. It was a wonderful, relaxing vacation, but I was missing North American Christmas just a bit. So we decided that we would make our new Jamaican family some of our favourite Christmas baking.
I wanted to make these shortbread cookies because 1. everyone loves shortbread. 2. The ingredients are really easy to find.
What I didn’t know, is that Jamaican butter is vastly different than what we are used to in North America. The increased humidity and high temperatures aren’t in this recipe’s favour either.
Melt in Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies. . . not Melt in the Cookie Sheet
As you might have guessed, the recipe was a total flop. Instead of the beautiful shortbread cookies you see in these pictures, I ended up with some sort of runny, melty mess that was NOT suitable to give to my new relatives.
I was so sad, so I put them in a bowl-of-shame and forgot about them. I’d just eat them later myself if I was craving something sweet.
The next day when family came to visit, someone put them out on the table for everyone to eat. I was mortified!!
I shouldn’t have been, because our new family loved them and ate every last one. They had never tasted anything like it and thought it was really good.
So take heart. Even if you somehow totally mess up this recipe in another country, your guests will still like these cookies.
Pretty up Shortbread with White Chocolate & Snowflake Sprinkles
So what makes these shortbread cookies even better? A quick dip in white chocolate and snowflake sprinkles.
Don’t worry about buying one of those expensive containers of winter-themed sprinkles. Go to your nearest bulk store and purchase snowflake sprinkles, coarse sugar, and those little shiny silver balls. I’m sure they have a proper name, but I have no idea what it is.
Looking for more Christmas baking to round out your tray? Try these options!
Want to Start a Vegetable Garden?
Learn the basics in just a few minutes, and set up your first garden in a day or less!
Get just the basics you need to start your garden this spring. I'll also email you a mini email course, helpful tips and easy garden advice, straight to your inbox.
Ready to start your garden adventure?
Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots. She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden. She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.