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Whipped Shortbread Cookies are seriously the BEST shortbread I’ve ever eaten. They are a melt in your mouth shortbread cookie, have just a few ingredients, and you can make them with any color sprinkles for any holiday. They are so good – I know you’ll love them!
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Best Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Cookies abound this time of year and one of my favorites are SHORTBREAD cookies! These aren’t your typical roll-out shortbread cookies. Instead they’re Whipped Shortbread Cookies that are perfect on a holiday cookie tray.
These little fancy shortbread cookies are crumbly and full of flavor, with just a few simple ingredients and have a light and airy texture. They’re the perfect easy cookie recipe!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- We love to dress them up with nonpareils in whatever colors we feel like, but you can also add chocolate chips or candied cherries.
- These are whipped shortbread with cornstarch, which makes them soft and crunchy.
- You can even make them into colored shortbread cookies by adding food coloring!
Basic Ingredients in Whipped Shortbread
There are only 4 main ingredients (and a few flavorings) that go into this recipe:
- Unsalted Butter: Start with softened, room temperature butter and use unsalted if you have it. If not, you can omit the salt in the recipe to make up for it. Room temperature butter is key! Also, be sure to use real butter!
- Powdered Sugar: Using confectioners’ sugar in place of granulated gives the cookies a tender crumb.
- Flour: All-purpose flour is the best for cookies.
- Cornstarch: the cornstarch adds a binding quality but also keeps the cookies soft – these are soft AND crunchy – tender cookies that melt in your mouth.
- Vanilla and Salt: Both are for flavoring. Feel free to use any kind of extract you want to change up the flavor (lemon extract for lemon shortbread cookies or even almond extract would be fantastic).
Be sure to measure your ingredients properly: spoon and level the flour and powdered sugar so you don’t accidentally pack it and use too much. Learn how to measure flour here. I love using a kitchen scale for this.
How to make Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- Combine Butter and Sugar: Cream butter and icing sugar with a hand mixer. You can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer with a very large mixing bowl. Beat on high speed it until it’s nice, light and fluffy and smooth, about 3-5 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl during mixing. (3 minutes for a stand mixer, 5 minutes using a hand mixer.)
- Add the other ingredients: Add the flour, cornstarch, salt and vanilla, to the butter mixture and mix until smooth, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Scoop: Scoop 1 tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough with a small cookie scoop and roll them between your palms to form a ball. Place on cookie sheet. These don’t spread so you don’t have to space them more than 1-2” apart. I like to bake these on parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Press: Press the cookies flat with the tines of a fork. You can dip the fork in flour or powdered sugar so they don’t stick.
- Sprinkles: Add nonpareils to the top of the cookies. We love rainbow or Christmas colors, but you can use any you like. The sprinkles add a festive touch!
- Bake: Bake at 300°F for about 20-22 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Yes – that’s 300° NOT 350°!
- Store: Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Easy Shortbread Cookies FAQ
No, it’s not created for a cookie press. It’s best to make them as written.
These bake at a lower oven temperature for a longer time. Bake them for about 20-22 minutes.
The finished cookies don’t change in color much but the bottoms are lightly golden brown.
It keeps them soft and tender and adds that crunchy yet crumbly texture.
No – these don’t have egg. Butter cookies usually have an egg yolk inside.
Chances are your butter was too soft or you didn’t add enough flour.
These will last up to 4 days in an airtight container.
Yes you can freeze these in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Whipped Shortbread Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup (57g) powdered sugar measured correctly*
- 1 ½ cups (186g) flour measured correctly*
- ½ cup (61g) cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Nonpareils for decorating
- Preheat oven to 300°F. (Yes, that’s 300 – not a typo.)
- Cream the butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or hand mixer with a very large bowl. Mix it until it’s nice and light and fluffy and smooth, about 3-5 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl during mixing. (3 minutes for a stand mixer, 5 minutes using a hand mixer.)
- Add the flour, cornstarch, salt and vanilla and mix until smooth, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon size balls of cookie dough and roll them between your palms to form a ball. Place on cookie sheet. These don’t spread so you don’t have to space them more than 1-2” apart.
- Lightly flour a fork and use the tines to press down the cookies. Top with nonpareils in your desired color.
- Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from pans.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Other Christmas Cookies to try
This post was sponsored by Mirum in 2020, but all opinions are my own.
Whipped Shortbread Cookies melt in your mouth! These easy cookies with cornstarch and flour are the BEST Shortbread recipe EVER! Add sprinkles in whatever color you like – these are the perfect cookie all year, but we love them especially around Christmas.
Last Updated on November 22, 2022
I have to agree with most of these comments their is so flavour to these and they are too dense? I measured my dry ingredients spot on to?
Every Christmas, my mother and I would make many shortbread cookies. We mixed the dough by hand. My brothers would take turns stirring until the dough was a paste which was a good workout. I still make the cookies the same way and always chill the dough which prevents them from spreading, but I look forward to trying your recipe, it looks much easier than my way of making the cookies
Do you grease cookie sheet
I use parchment or silicone instead of greasing, but if you don’t use them I would grease the sheets, yes.
Been making mine since 1973. Use salted butter. No vanilla and bake mine at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Use fork to make impression. The best!
Very thick tasting,
Kinda grows in your mouth.
Won’t make again.