Ina Garten Just Turned ONE Shortbread Recipe Into Five Perfect Christmas Cookies—Here’s How

Ina Garten's shortbread recipe is all we want for Christmas this year.

We all know and love Ina Garten, AKA the Barefoot Contessa, whose recipes have been blessed enough to infuse their way into kitchens across the country. From her adoration toward breakfast staples like hash browns and pigs in a blanket to her fancy for strawberry rhubarb crisp and roast chicken, we love pretty much everything Ina has created for us. And now, Ina is making the holidays a little simpler…and a whole lot sweeter!

Ina Garten’s shortbread recipe is taking the world by storm—mainly because it can be adapted into five (and perhaps more!) different cookies. Here’s how to get that Christmas baking done ASAP with the help of Ina Garten.

What’s in Ina Garten’s Shortbread Recipe?

Ina’s shortbread recipe is quite simple. You only need a handful of basic, pantry ingredients that you likely already have on-hand: unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour and salt. This recipe yields quite a few cookies—24 hearts exactly if you opt to use a cookie cutter—and it’s so easy to whip up that you can make batch after batch. This recipe is easily our favorite new tradition!

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Because shortbread is so versatile, you can get pretty creative with your shapes, icing and toppings. Shape your shortbread cookies like Christmas trees, and load them up with royal icing and candy, or keep it simple and dunk a plain, round cookie in your favorite homemade eggnog. The possibilities are endless—but all of them are tasty!

Where to Find Ina’s Shortbread Recipe

While we can’t list all of the ingredients here, we can point you in the right direction. You can find Ina Garten’s shortbread recipe on her site alongside a delicious (and super simple!) Linzer cookie recipe. You can make that recipe with the same ingredients you use for shortbread, just make sure to include that spare jar of raspberry preserves—or any other preserves you might like in a cookie.

Since these recipes are so easy, they’re perfect for baking with the family. Just be cautious of those little hands swiping the dough! We’ll be baking up a storm this weekend thanks to Ina Garten and her ever-delicious recipes. Thanks, Ina!

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