Easy Christmas shortbread cookies

Easy Christmas shortbread cookies are pretty and delicious, simple but great taste.
They are prepared in a very short time and with a few simple ingredients that are easily found at home.
You can decorate these cookies as you like. I drew with icing a simple snowman but nothing prevents you from decorating them as your imagination suggests.
Fragrant and crumbly, butter shortbread cookies will be perfect for the Christmas holidays.
And, why not, they could also be a great Christmas gift idea for friends and family.

If you’re looking for more Christmas cookie ideas, you can find and try the cute Christmas Reindeer Spicebread Cookies from my Italian blog here.

Easy Christmas shortbread cookies
Easy Christmas shortbread cookies

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time20 Minutes
  • Rest time20 Minutes
  • Cooking time15 Minutes
  • Cooking methodOven
  • CuisineItalian


for about 15-20 cookies

For the shortbread cookies

170 g flour
1 egg
50 g sugar
60 g butter (cold)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for icing

200 g icing sugar
2 egg whites (at room temperature)
10 drops lemon juice


1 Cutter
1 Rolling pin
1 Cleaver
1 Oven
1 Baking Dish


How to prepare the shortbread cookie dough.

Mix the flour with the sifted baking powder and set aside.
In a bowl, pour the sugar, cold butter pieces, vanilla extract and egg.
Mash the butter with the tines of a fork then mix everything together.

Add the flour mixture and mix first with a fork then with your hands.
Pour the mix onto the work surface.
Quickly knead the dough with your hands until it forms a smooth, homogeneous dough ball.
If the dough sticks to your hands, add a tiny bit of flour, without overdoing it.

Close the dough in plastic wrap, crush a little with your hands and place in the refrigerator for an hour.

How to form cookies.

Once the resting time has passed, place the dough between two sheets of floured parchment paper.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 3-4 millimeters.

Using the 4-5 cm scalloped round cookie cutter, form the cookies and arrange them slightly apart on the cookie sheet.
The scraps of can be kneaded again to form more cookies.

Bake the cookies.

Bake the Cookies in a preheated oven, in static mode, at 190°C for about 15-20 minutes. The cookies will be ready when they begin to take color in the edges.

Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let them cool completely.

Prepare the icing.

Whisk the egg whites with the lemon juice. When they begin to foam, add the sifted powdered sugar a little at a time. Try not to form lumps.
Once all the sugar has been combined, stir with a spatula to remove bubbles to make a smooth, velvety mixture.

How to decorate cookies.

Place frosting in sac a poche fitted with 2mm round nozzles.
Decorate the cookies with the icing by unleashing your imagination.
Let the frosting dry at room temperature and store the cookies in airtight or tin containers.

Easy Christmas shortbread cookies
Easy Christmas shortbread cookies

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