Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Holiday Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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sylvia bourque


This holiday shortbread cookie recipe is taken directly from the cornstarch company. A fun cookie for the kids to decorate.

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6 dozen cookies
30 Min
15 Min


1 1/3 c
2 c
2/3 c
powdered sugar or icing sugar
2 c
1/2 tsp
1 1/2
grated lemon peel


1/3 c
1 tsp
grated lemon peel
4 c
powdered sugar or icing sugar
1/3 c
lemon juice, plus additional 1 to 2 tablespoons as needed
red food coloring drops, optional

How to Make Holiday Shortbread Cookies


  • 1Preheat oven to 350°F.

    For COOKIES: Combine corn starch, flour and 2/3 cup powdered sugar in medium bowl. Set aside.
  • 2Beat 2 cups butter in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until softened and smooth. Add the corn starch mixture, vanilla and 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon peel; beat well. (If necessary, refrigerate dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.)
  • 3Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them 1-1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar to prevent sticking. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.
  • 4For ICING: Beat together in a medium bowl 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon lemon peel until butter is softened. Add 4 cups powdered sugar and lemon juice; beat until well combined, adding additional tablespoons lemon juice or milk, if needed, to reach spreadable consistency. Add red food coloring, if desired. Decorate cookies with icing. Store in a tightly covered container.

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About Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: UK/Ireland
Other Tag: For Kids