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Whipped Shortbread Recipe
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Whipped Shortbread Recipe

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This version of shortbread is fragile, not too sweet and 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

1 serving (2 each) equals 81 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 81 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"These are great! The recipe does make a lot."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"I just finished making these and they are sooo delicious!! I did cut the recipe in half only because I thought it would be too many cookies for us. But since I used my small scoop, I only got three dozen cookies (which is plenty for us) We love sweets so even though I cut the recipe in half, I still added 1 whole cup of confectioners' sugar so it would be sweeter, but still thought it needed a little more sugar. The ones I added jelly to were perfect in sweetness though :) oh and I also added 1tsp vanilla (personal preference) We LOVE them!! Thank you for sharing. This will be my go to recipe for shortbread cookies!! :D

One more thing, work the dough until it's not sticky any more. They will not be grainy and they WILL melt in your mouth :)"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"They were not good at all. Had such high hopes."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"On the plus side, I like the easiness of the cookies and the ingredients are items readily accessible in the pantry. I found them to be pretty lacking in flavor though. I think if I attempt these again, I will add vanilla as others have suggested."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"I have been baking for years, and have never had such a fantastic recipe to work with. It was awesome, the texture and taste were great! I made them into thumbprints (using a teaspoon instead of my thumb) and they were/are delicious! Thank you for the great recipes you make available!"

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