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7 shortbread cookie recipes to make this holiday season

Jeff Coulson Author: Canadian Living Credits: Jeff Coulson

Baking & Desserts

7 shortbread cookie recipes to make this holiday season

The Ultimate Shortbread Cookies
To make these the best in class, we found the optimal baking time and ratio of butter to sugar to yield cookies that are perfectly crisp yet still melt in your mouth with every bite. Make them into rounds, wedges or bars, depending on your preference.


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Shortbread Snowflakes
A pretty blue icing and sprinkling of sugar adds festive flair to these holiday cookies. For extra visual appeal, divide the glaze among a few small bowls and adjust the amount of food colouring in each to make varying shades of blue.


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Chocolate Toffee Shortbread Cups
Shape our easy shortbread dough into the wells of a mini muffin tin to create crisp cups, then fill ‘em up with a decadent mix of chewy toffee bits and chocolate chips. A quick bake in the oven melts the filling into sweet and gooey bliss.


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Maple Shortbread
A double dose of maple—once in the cookie dough and again in the glaze—makes these shortbread cutouts the ultimate Canadian treat. For the best flavour, be sure to use pure maple extract, which you’ll find in the baking aisle of major supermarkets and specialty baking stores.


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Peekaboo Shortbread Stars
Filled with ruby red jam and topped with a dusting of icing sugar, these sandwich cookies are perfect for your next holiday baking exchange. For a variety of colours, use a few different types of jam—apricot, blueberry and black currant are great options.


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Mocha Shortbread
Coffee lovers, take note: these delicate shortbread bars are infused with bold espresso and dipped in rich chocolate for a heavenly mocha flavour that goes down equally well with a mug of hot chocolate or a steaming cup of java.


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Fruitcake Shortbread
Two classic holiday desserts come together in these colourful treats. The cookies are brushed with a boozy glaze while still warm, so they soak up all of the flavour without having to “age” like traditional fruitcake.


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Looking for more great cookie recipes? Try our Great Canadian Cookie Exchange.
 
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