Whipped Shortbread Recipe
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Whipped Shortbread Recipe

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This version of shortbread melts in your mouth. Mostly I make it for the holidays, but I'll also prepare it year-round for wedding showers and ladies' teas. —Jane Ficiur, Bow Island, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
MAKES:102 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
MAKES: 102 servings


  • 3 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups cornstarch
  • Nonpareils and/or halved candied cherries

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 81 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and cornstarch, beating until well blended.
  2. With hands lightly dusted with additional cornstarch, roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press lightly with a floured fork. Top with nonpareils or cherry halves.
  3. Bake at 300° for 20-22 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 16-18 dozen.
Originally published as Whipped Shortbread in Country Woman November/December 1992, p29

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venky User ID: 6759401 259740
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

"good one"

Ellie User ID: 9009160 258920
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2016

"I did not adjust anything as this recipe is excellent. My entire family loved them Thankyou"

Bethany User ID: 9007017 258833
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2016

"Hands down the BEST cornstarch cookie I've ever tasted. This stuff should be used as a commercial grade building material. Horrible. And, like some of the others, I'm now out of ingredients to make a batch of something else. My fault for assuming the 5 star reviews were of the recipe as-is. Guess I'll be doing more research (and buying extra ingredients) next time."

mrc1965 User ID: 6933227 258731
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

"The only tweak I did was add 4 cups of butter instead of only 3 and it was delicious! I could not stop eating them. I've also topped with a variety, chocolate kisses, strawberry jam or just green sugar sprinkles. Try not to over bake them. I am going to make them again with less cornstarch, will try what others are suggesting to only 1/2 a cup."

rpolen User ID: 7781146 258700
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

"I didn't need a whole batch for my family so I made 2/3 of the recipe. For 2/3 of recipe: 2 cups butter, 2 sifted cups powder sugar, 1 cup cornstarch, 3 cups flour, 2 tsp almond extract, 1 tsp vanilla. Keep refrigerated for a couple of days after baking, the flavor gets better as they age. They do just melt in your mouth!"

Cathy User ID: 7582647 258664
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2016

"Very disappointed in this recipe. The cookies looked beautiful and baked well. The first bite of the cookie tasted delicious but the cornstartch overpowered the cookie and left a terrible taste and chalky color on the tongue. In my opinion this recipe was a waste of time and ingredients."

blondee51248 User ID: 4192990 258616
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

"If you want a delicious and easy recipe here it is. 1 c flour, 1/2 c corn starch 1/2 powdered sugar, 3/4 c butter softened, 1 tsp. vanilla Combine flour, corn starch and powdered sugar. Beat butter until smooth then add flour mixture and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Shape into 1" balls (refrigerate if necessary for a bit so it's easier to handle) Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake 350 for 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool on wire rack. These cookies are easy and delicious and melt in your mouth. I dust mine with a bit of powdered sugar when cooling on the wire rack. I always double this recipe."

Chelsea User ID: 8997804 258590
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"Followed this recipe exactly and it was awful. We felt like we were eating pure corn starch. I suppose it's my own fault for just looking at the proportions of 5 star reviews vs. 1 star reviews. Just an FYI; if you had to alter/tweak a chunk of the recipe or add a bunch of additional ingredients, the recipe DOES NOT deserve the 5 star rating as a chunk of you seem to believe. I can't believe how many of those 5 stars included sentences along the lines of "recipe was great once I changed everything about it." I'm a little irked."

tigerLil1953 User ID: 8201584 258589
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"Evidently no one read the instruction to beat the butter until smooth and light and then add the rest of the ingredients. These were fantastic cookies. My only change would be to add a little icing, but I got rave reviews served plain."

chrisie1 User ID: 1906440 258585
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"I was going to try this recipe but it seemed off because of the corn starch glad I didn't try it"

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