Save on Pinterest

Holiday Shortbread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch


about 3-1/2 dozen

At Wendy Masters' Grand Valley, Ontario home, it just wouldn't' be Christmas if she didn't make her great-grandmother's shortbread. "Everyone looks forward to it," she says. "All I do differently is sprinkle colored sugar on mine."
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Colored sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour; mix until dough forms a ball.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut into 1-1/2-in. squares, diamonds and/or triangles. Place on ungreased baking sheets; sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
  3. Bake at 325° for 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 138 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Recommended Video