- 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
- In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and cornstarch, beating until well blended.
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews for Whipped Shortbread
"This was so good!!! Make sure the butter is 100% softened (I left it out about 6 hours) and cream it really, really well between each step - I used my stand mixer on medium. I made exactly 1/3 of the recipe because cmon, 3 cups of butter! I'm not some kind of millionaire. Plus I was wary after reading the reviews :\ this would be great for a work potluck or the holidays though. I made them with lemon and vanilla extract and didn't add any sprinkles or toppings, and got rave reviews."
"I have literally made at least 100 dozen of these since finding this recipe before Christmas last year.....I tweaked it to my preferences and only make half a batch at a time....I use Arrowroot instead of cornstarch, add 2 tsp of almond or vanilla per half batch.....I do WHIP the butter and sugar....easy to make, I bake for 15 minutes in my oven....have used sprinkles, frosting, jam and powdered sugar for toppings and everyone raves. Best recipe EVER!"
"I tried this and it was awful. Threw them all away. They were dry and tasted like flour. I followed the recipe, whipped the butter and everything. When rolling them into balls I should have know something was wrong because they were so dry. Don't waste your time making these."
"I did not adjust anything as this recipe is excellent. My entire family loved them Thankyou"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."