Mom’s Shortbread Cookies

Christmas is approaching and I love the baking that goes hand and hand with it.  One of my favourites is my Mom’s shortbread cookie.  I have eaten these cookies from the time I can remember.  I believe the recipe was my Grandma’s, passed on to my Mom and then passed on to me.  I too will pass this recipe along to my children so they can enjoy the delicious taste of Christmas past.  

For Christmas is tradition time, traditions that recall the precious memories down the years, the sameness of them all – Helen Lowrie Marshall

My mom’s shortbread cookies are one of the first recipes I pull out to start my Christmas baking.  I gather all the ingredients, place them on the counter and begin the process of creating this delicious cookie.  

Mom’s Shortbread Cookies

  • 2 cups of soft butter or margarine (1 lb)
  • 1.5 cups of sifted icing sugar
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour

Lightly grease cookies sheets and dust with flour.   Mix the ingredients all together so it is completely mixed.  Using a spoon or clean hands, scoop out enough dough (about an inch in width) and roll into a ball. Place balls on greased and dusted cookie sheet.  Once balls are on sheets, use a fork to press down into balls and sprinkle with candy ‘sprinkles’.  

Bake at 335 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown (ovens may vary)

shortbread cookies, Christmas

Note:  Not everyone loves sprinkles (I know… I find that odd too), I make sure I have a special bunch for my husband who loves the taste without the sprinkled décor.  So, follow your heart and decorate as your own heart wishes.  

Your kitchen will soon be smelling just like mom’s at Christmastime and once out of the oven, these cookies are so delightful – they melt in your mouth. 

Shortbread Cookies, Christmas

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