Shortbread Rounds With Butter Icing Shortbread Rounds With Butter Icing

Photography: Yvonne Duivenvoorden | Food styling: Lucie Richard | Prop styling: Catherine Doherty

Get your shortbread fix with these festive cookies that are topped with butter icing and red nonpareil sprinkles.

  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour & 15 minutes


Butter Icing:


Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In large bowl, using hand mixer on medium speed, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt. Stir into butter mixture to make smooth dough; knead 5 times.

Between waxed or parchment paper, roll out to 1/3-inch thickness. Using floured 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Arrange, 1 inch apart, on prepared pans; freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.

Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until light golden, about 35 minutes. Let cool on pan on rack for 10 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely.

Butter Icing: In bowl, beat butter with icing sugar until fluffy; beat in cream, milk and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cookies; sprinkle with coarse sugar and sprinkles (if using).

Test Kitchen Tip: Shortbread dough can be shaped in a variety of ways. Instead of rolling it out and cutting into shapes, you can roll dough into 1-inch balls, flatten with a flour-dipped fork or bottom of glass and bake as directed. Or press dough into parchment paper–lined 9-inch square cake pan. Score into twenty-four 3-inch long bars; refrigerate until firm. Bake in 325°F oven until golden and firm, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes; cut along score lines into fingers. Transfer to rack to cool completely. Decorate with icing and sprinkles, if desired. 

Makes about 24 cookies.

Nutritional facts PER COOKIE: about

  • Sodium 26 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 171
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Potassium 20 mg
  • Cholesterol 26 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g


  • Iron 4
  • Folate 10
  • Calcium 1
  • Vitamin A 9
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Shortbread Rounds With Butter Icing