Whipped Shortbread Cookies

It’s that time of year! Time for Christmas baking and cookie exchanges. I’m apart of a Christmas cookie exchange and have been looking for a classic: whipped shortbread. I’ve been searching for the perfect shortbread recipe and my friend, Deni, shared this recipe with me.

Whipped Shortbread Cookies recipe - the perfect Christmas cookie recipe! Perfect for cookie exchanges.

Whipped Shortbread

Update: Nov 2014.

I have made these cookies every year since posting it. It’s been 3 years of Whipped Shortbread when it comes to my holiday baking and that will probably never change. This year for my cookie exchange I actually received Deni as a recipient, so I figured I would give her own cookies. I love the tradition that my friends and I share: since 2012 we do a cookie exchange. Since we all live in separate towns and cities, we don’t see each other as often (especially around the holidays) this is our way to stay connected for the Christmas Season. I’m actually really excited that this year I will be hand delivering the cookies to Deni as we will both be in our hometown at the same time.

Anyway, back to the recipe:

I love how easy this recipe is, and it always tastes great.

A common occurance when baking

I don’t know about you, but I’m the messiest baker. I tend to get flour everywhere and this recipe (for me) is a messy one. Cornstarch, powdered sugar, and flour? My kitchen never stood a change.

Making whipped shortbread cookies

This is what the batter looks like in the beginning. Every year I trick myself that this is wrong because I always remember the fluffy end result. Keep beating, the batter should go on medium high for at least five minutes until you get the look you want.

Whipped Shortbread recipe

That’s more like it. I have always thought that once the batter is whipped to perfection that it resembles (and smells like) vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Whipped Shortbread Cookies recipe
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Whipped Shortbread Cookies

These whipped shortbread cookies are a Christmas cookie exchange favorite.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, shortbread cookies, whipped shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 108kcal


  • 1 lb butter softened
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Sprinkles or whatever decorations you would like


  • Pre heat oven to 350.
  • Beat softened butter. If butter is still a little too hard, beat until softened. Add dry ingredients and beat until a fluffy consistency. I beat it using the paddle attachment on the KitchenAid mixer for approximately five minutes. Mixture should resemble (and smell, yum) like vanilla ice cream.
  • Drop cookies onto baking sheet and press with fork. Bake for 12-13 minutes.
  • If desired decorate with sprinkles, cherries, etc.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 0.6% | Iron: 6.6%
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38 comments on “Whipped Shortbread Cookies”

  1. MMMMmmm..I LOVE making shortbread cookies! Love when they melt in your mouth 🙂 These look so light and tasty!

    • They’re so good. I had half of one and it was so hard to keep it that way. I put the majority on the freezer so I didn’t binge haha.

  2. We’re a BIG shortbread house over here, mmmm!

  3. Yum! These sound delicious and easy to whip up too!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I can totally do this.
    p.s I ordered ALL my Christmas baking this year. Bad me, Bad. Bad.

  5. OMG! Those sound divine!!! Bookmarking this to make in the next few days! Thanks for sharing! Mmmmmmmmmmm!!!

    • Thanks Christine. They’re so good! I actually added a little more powdered sugar then called for (as if I’m not sweet enough or something :P).

  6. I LOVE shortbread. Growing up, my mom always made shortbread at Christmas. We had a falling out shortly before I got married, so I never got the recipe from her. I hunted and hunted and could never find one that was just right. I went to a friends house on Christmas eve one year and her shortbreads tasted just like my mom’s. I was so excited. Plus, she was a friend from childhood, so I said “is this my mom’s recipe?!” She looked at me bewildered and said “no… it’s on the back of the cornstarch box!” There goes my theory that it was a family recipe! 😉

    • Isn’t that the way it goes though? My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is the one on the back of the milk chocolate Chip Its bag.

  7. We were just talking about shortbread the other night – whipped is the only way to go!

  8. These look fab, I love shortbread…sometimes a little to much haha If you have the time I’d love for you to visit my blog, it’s pretty new 😀 http://www.thevelvetmoonbaker.blogspot.ie

  9. OMG, I just drooled. Those look so soft and rich. I wants! I’m gonna make these!

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  13. These look & sound SO DELICIOUS!! I am adding this recipe to my Christmas baking list this year!! *off to pin it*

  14. They look mouth-watering! Now I am craving shortbread cookies! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  15. I was looking for a shortbread recipe and this looks so delicious! I just pinned it. Thank you for sharing:)

  16. Yum, I have a weakness for shortbread they are my favourites but I haven’t found a recipe that I absolutely love. I will most definitely be tryig this one Randa!

  17. Oooooh, these look yummy! My hubby just commented the other day how much he likes shortbread so I should make some!!! 🙂

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  19. Can you believe I have never made shortbread cookies? These look amazing. I bet I could fudge the recipe to be gluten free? YUMMY!

  20. I can totally relate! It looks like a war zone when I cook… but you should see what it looks like when I make wedding cakes! OMG! These cookies look delicious, like the ones that turn into dust when you put them in your mouth! I love dipping these kind of cookies in chocolate!

    • These would be perfect in chocolate. I was out of my mind when baking these the other day and didn’t want to create anymore mess haha. I had 5 different things going on at once.

  21. This sounds amazing! Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

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  23. These look so yummy and light. I already made my traditional shortbread for this year but I’m going to keep your recipe for next time I want to make shortbread. Have a Merry Christmas!

  24. Maybe I missed the information, but how big a piece of dough do you use when you put the pieces onto the baking sheet? (although I have baked several kinds of cookies, I have never tried these) Thanks.

  25. Ahhh these look so good! Makes me really wish I had a kitchen aid mixer!

  26. yummy they worked great

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