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20 Melt in Your Mouth Christmas Shortbread Cookie Recipes

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Get ready to jingle all the way to the kitchen, because we’ve put together our favourite 20 delicious Christmas shortbread cookie recipes that’ll knock your stockings off!

We’re talking buttery, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth goodness that Santa himself can’t resist!

Three Christmas Shortbread cookies; snowmen, almond roca and orange shortbread cookies.

Baking shortbread cookies is one of our family Christmas traditions, and each year we pick a new one to try out.

You’ll find tasty Christmas cookie recipes here that’ll range from nutty, fruity, savoury or chocolaty delights to spicy gingerbread and classic whipped shortbreads. Then after these spectacular morsels you’ll also find some tips for cookie supplies you’ll need to gather.

Best Christmas Shortbread Cookie Recipes

These classic Christmas cookies make fantastic options for cookie exchanges, parties or as gifts (if they even last that long). For everyone on your nice list.

We’ve rounded up our favorite Christmas cookie recipes so you can easily find some quick and easy cookies to throw together as needed.

⭐️ We love using our Kitchen Aid, as it makes whipping up shortbread super quick and easy.

1. Cute Shortbread Snowman Cookies

Cute Christmas shortbread snowmen with candy scarves, chocolatechip eyes.
Recipe & photo credit: Three Olives Branch

Adorable Shortbread Snowman Cookies will get anyone in the festive mood. The cookies themselves have only a few ingredients  for the cookie dough + fun accessories. Be sure to grab snowman shaped cookie cutters. 

We have more easy no bake Christmas treats for kids, they’ll love.

Six Christmas shortbread cookie types; snowmen, reosemary, orange, almond roca, wreath, cranberry.

2. Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts

Cranberry walnut shortbread cookie rounds piled on a plate.
Recipe & photo credit: Mom Foodie

​These festive cranberry orange shortbread cookies are even more delightful with added walnuts. We skip the walnuts if we need a nut free version for school or parties. 

3. Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Rows of thistle stamped brown sugar shortbread cookies.
Recipe & photo credit: Kelly Neil

Unleash holiday joy with these buttery, crisp brown sugar shortbread cookies. Stamped to holiday perfection, they’re a crumbly delight in every merry mouthful. Switch up your cookie stamps for an appealing cookie tray.

4. Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

Two rows of raspberry jam thumbprint cookies on wooden board.
Recipe & photo credit: Walking on Sunshine Recipes

A delightful dance of flavours await with a taste of raspberry shortbread thumbprint cookies. Buttery goodness meets zesty berry in a holiday dance of deliciousness. A touch of powdered sugar glaze elevates it.

These would make perfect Holiday gifts for neighbours, friends, host gifts or fun Valentine’s sweet treats too.

5. Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Five Maple Pecan Shortbread cookies are piled on a cooling rack.
Recipe & photo credit: The Mindful Meringue

​Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies are a year round family favorite over here.

There’s something so delightful about maple syrup, butter and pecans rolled together into a crunchy & golden brown on the outside & soft buttery cookies on the inside. 

As kids, my family’s favourite cookies were always the shortbread ones in fun shapes. Stacked high in green tupperware containers, my mom would try to hide them in the laundry room, but we’d try and sneak them throughout the holiday season when she wasn’t looking.

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6. Almond Roca Shortbread Cookies

Rows of round almond roca shortbread cookies with a dollop of milk chocolate & almond son top.
Recipe & photo credit: Dinner at the Zoo

Indulge in Almond Roca Shortbread cookies. Packed with toffee and almonds, crowned with creamy milk chocolate, they’re a unique treat that screams delicious decadence. Pair with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee.

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7. Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies

Three stacked gingerbread shortbread cookies half glazed and dipped in pecans.
Recipe & photo credit: We Are Not Martha

If you were ever on the fence about shortbread cookies, then these flavourful Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies will change your mind. Spiced to perfection and elegantly draped in a dreamy egg nog glaze. A festive flavor explosion.

8. Classic Whipped Shortbread

Whipped shortbread with festive sprinkles in a row.
Recipe & photo credit: Greedy Eats

Sometimes you just need to satisy your nostalgic sweet tooth. These classic easy whipped shortbread cookies are just what you’re looking for. Add a bit of candied cherry on top instead of sprinkles if your childhood is calling you back.

Baking cookies is one of our family Christmas traditions we highly recommend for your family too.

Make our favourite peppermint hot chocolate recipe to go with these tasty cookies.

9. Pan de Polvo (Mexican Shortbread Cookies)

Plate full of round Pan de Polvo , Mexican Shortbread Cookies sprinkled with connamon sugar.
Recipe & photo credit: Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

Pan de Polvo: Dive into the zesty world of Mexican shortbread! Made with lard, instead of butter, these cookies pack a warm-spiced punch of anise, clove, and cinnamon.

10. Double Dipped Chocolate Shortbread

Stack of double dipped cholocate shortbread with festive sprinkles.
Recipe & photo credit: The Monday Box

Double Dipped Chocolate Shortbread a chocolate lover’s dream. The powdered sugar gives you that melt-in-your-mouth texture and the rich chocolate taste is boosted by semi-sweet chips.

11. Orange Shortbread Cookies (Gluten Free)

Pile of iced orange shortbread balls on a plate.
Recipe & photo credit: Lane and Grey Fare

Gluten-free, buttery balls with a zesty twist! Experience a playful tango of tart and tang in each delightful bite of these iced Orange Shortbread. Perfect for those who need a gluten free, nut free, and eggless Christmas cookie.

12. Earl Grey Shortbread Christmas Cookies

A bunch of iced Early Grey Christmas Shortbread cookies.
Recipe & Photo credit: Baked Collective

Earl Grey Christmas Shortbread are simple, 5-ingredient wonders. Chill, bake, and enjoy sweet citrus taste paired with subtle tea flavour for a holiday delight.

6 different Christmas shortbread cookies.

13. Olive Oil Rosemary Shortbread

Three rectangles of Olive Oil Shortbread cookies and a sprig of rosemary.
Recipe & Photo credit: Three Olives Branch

For a unique take on shortbread these Olive Oil & Rosemary shortbread are a surprising combo. The perfect blend of a sweet and savoury treat, with a hint of lemon.

I love how light the texture is and how well they actually work together.

14. 3 – Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Basket of 3 - Ingredient Shortbread cookies, with a hand holding one.
Recipe & photo credit: Simple Living Recipes

These 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies, are effortless, fun and gluten-free. Perfect for holiday kitchen adventures with kids. Cornstarch, condensed milk, and butter make a melt-in-your-mouth delight.

Anything with condense milk, sign me up! They’re also known as “sequilhos” or “Maizena” cookies, popular in Brazil.

15. Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Shortbread

Recipe & photo credit: Modern Honey

Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Shortbread; buttery bites meet crunchy pistachios, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with a zest of orange for a festive flavor fiesta.

Easy to do, yet people will think you spent days making them.

16. Alfajores de Maicena (Peruvian Shortbread Cookies)

A pile of Peruvian Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with powdered sugar on top
Recipe & photo credit: Muy Bueno Blog

Alfajores de Maicena are a South American cookie gem. Decadent dulce de leche is sandwiched between shortbread medallions with a hint of orange and dusting of powdered sugar. A treat that trasncends borders.

17. Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Two green wreath shaped shortbread on a plate.
Recipe & photo credit: Inspired by Charm

Could these festive Shortbread Wreaths be any cuter? I think not.

Spice up your traditional shortbread recipe with a little color and shape. These would be ideal on a cookie platter for work or parties. Along with some cute holiday appetizers for kids & adults.

18. Peanut Butter Shortbread

^ peanit butter shortbread cookies in a metal tin decorated with snowflakes.
Recipe & photo credit: A Kitchen Hoors Adventures

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies are crispy, light delights bursting with rich peanut flavor. Cut them into fun irresistible bites that scream festive eats!

19. Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Hand holding a lemon glazed shortbread cookie.
Recipe & photo credit: Rich and Delish

I love anything lemon and this Lemon Shortbread recipe hits all the tangy goodness you need. Buttery dough and a zesty glaze make these a hit any day of the week.

20. Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies

Recipe & photo credit: My Happy Bakes

This one’s for my youngest who loves matcha.

These Matcha Christmas Cookies are delightfully tree shaped and coloured naturally with matcha. Crisp, buttery, and just the right amount of sweetness.

What You’ll Need For Your Shortbread Christmas Cookies

Shortbread are easy Christmas cookies that use just a few simple ingredients and tools. 

Typically the cookie ingredients you’ll need include:

The tools you’ll need:  

Festive Shortbread Christmas Cookies To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

And there you have it, cookie enthusiasts! A delightful sleigh ride through 15 festive shortbread wonders destined to sprinkle your holiday with cheer.

Each recipe is a ticket to a world where buttery goodness dances with unique, delightful flavors, creating a holiday treat that’s nothing short of spectacular.

So, preheat those ovens, roll up your sleeves, and let the merry baking begin! Here’s to filling your home with the irresistible aroma of Christmas joy. Happy Christmas baking!

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