Powdered Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is one of the trademark Christmas cookies. Powdered shortbread cookies are a unique variation on the basic shortbread. The layer of icing sugar makes a cookie that looks pretty on the cookie platter, but also tastes sweet and buttery. I made them heart shaped because I ❤ powdered shortbread cookies!

Powdered Shortbread Cookies

I always try to make easy cookies because not everyone has time to make difficult/fussy cookies. This leaves more time for eating cookies – which may or may not be a good thing! These powdered shortbread cookies freeze well which is a good strategy to get them out of sight until you need them. These cookies are also a Christmas staple you always will find these in my house during the holidays

You might also like Chocolate Marshmallow Pops, Sugar Cookie Sticks or Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies.

Did you know that the shortbread cookie has been around for centuries? These fantastic cookies originated during the 12th century, where it originally started as a biscuit bread. It wasn’t until 1736 where the first printed recipe for shortbread was found in Scotland by a woman named Mrs. McLintock! If you wondered what the difference between shortbread and shortcake is, it is the difference in what you use when baking. Shortcake can use vegetable oil instead of butter!! I can’t wait to try out some shortcake recipes!! Don’t forget to celebrate National Shortbread Day on January 6th!!

Powdered Shortbread Cookies

Powdered Shortbread Cookies

Powdered Shortbread Cookies

Course: Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Bella
Powdered shortbread cookies are a unique variation on the basic shortbread.
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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour and salt. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and continue to beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed, scraping sides if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.
  • Form dough into 2 disks and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Roll out 1 disk to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter and place on the baking sheets.
  • Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes and then bake for about 13 minutes until firm.
  • Let cool and then sprinkle icing sugar over cookies to completely cover.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

These parchment paper sheets are perfect for baking Christmas cookies! No sticking and (hopefully) no burning, plus easy clean up.

Get a jump start on your Christmas baking and make these powdered shortbread cookies soon. I love baking during the holidays, especially with my family. Let me know some of your favourite holiday recipes and if you tried out this one!! Happy Baking!


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