Christmas shortbread cookies

Shortbread can easily be turned into Christmas cookies by simply adding red and green sugar pearls and cutting them into Christmas shapes. Dust them with icing sugar for a snowy effect.

Christmas shortbread cookies


  • 225g butter, softened
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp red sugar pearls or sprinkles
  • 2 tbsp green sugar pearls or sprinkles

Icing sugar


  1. Cream the butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy in an electric mixer.
  2. Add the flour and the sugar pearls or sprinkles and mix until just combined.
  3. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and press together until a dough is formed.
  4. Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking paper and place in the fridge for 30 mins.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  6. Remove from the fridge and take off the top layer of baking paper.
  7. Cut Christmas shapes into the cookie dough using cookie cutters.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15 mins until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of mins on the baking tray before transferring to a wire rack.
  10. Dust with icing sugar.

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