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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Sarah User ID: 8983461 257919
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"I was very disappointed with this recipe. They were not melt in your mouth. They were very dry and lacked flavor. Make a small batch first and see if you like them before you waste your time."

Adam N Judy User ID: 8983222 257902
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2016

"These were not good at all, they turned gummy in your mouth, they look beautiful, when you break them in half they are very light and fluffy but after chewing they turn very gummy like glue in your mouth."

Dianna User ID: 8982974 257883
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2016

"I did a third of the recipe to start. 1 cup butter, 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tsp. Vanilla- whip together. Add 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups sifted flour. Roll into small balls. Press with fork. Add sprinkles. Bake @ 300 for 20 min. Tasty!"

Shortcake User ID: 8982773 257865
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2016

"I suppose if you're not familiar with the taste and texture of shortbread, you might be disappointed. They're not like a sugar cookie, a milder flavor and crumblier texture, but they do melt in your mouth! Definitely use real butter, not margarine, and let it come to room temp. Don't microwave it! I think that the time of year might make a difference in how it comes out. I made mine on a very cold evening and the batter stayed pretty stiff. I would imagine in the summer, the batter would be a lot softer and greasier. I made half a recipe because it sounded like a huge batch. I think I'll make the full recipe next time. I added a teaspoon of vanilla. I think peppermint oil or almond oil would give a nice flavor. Also raised the oven temp to 325 and baked an extra 5 minutes."

Pam User ID: 8982472 257849
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2016

"These are the WORST cookies I have ever tasted. They taste like sawdust . I should have known better with all that butter wasted and then adding all that cornstarch. I will never follow one of your horrible recipes again. The person that posted this should be banned forever !!!!!!!"

Lauri User ID: 8981756 257812
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2016

"Turned out amazing. To all those comments about 3 POUNDS of butter being wasted on crappy cookies, you may want to check the recipe. It calls for 3 CUPS, not pounds. If you follow the recipe amounts, beat until fluffy, you will have melt in your mouth shortbread."

karinw64 User ID: 8116784 257338
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"I make these every year for Christmas. It's very important to whip the batter for a long time, until it's very light and fluffy. They always turn out great and just melt in your mouth. Decorate them any way you want."

tennisbev User ID: 5696526 243472
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"I like the original version of the cookie, but also thought that it was a little "bland". So I increased the confectioners' sugar to 2 cups. That made it a perfect cookie. However I believe that some of the information and nutritional facts are incorrect. I don't see HOW you could get 16-18 DOZEN cookies (made in 1" balls) from this recipe. The best I could get was 10 dozen. Also, the nutritional facts say that a serving size is 2 cookies and that the carbohydrate value (important for diabetics) is 8 grams per serving. Looking at the amount of sugar, flour, and cornstarch for the cookie this carbohydrate value is not possible. In doing the math, I find the carbohydrate value to be 8 grams PER cookie (that is, at 10 dozen cookies)."

gailglo User ID: 8682289 240778
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"When I first baked these, I tried them while they were warm. I was horrified that were like a dry blast of powder in my mouth. I was so upset to waste all that butter. I almost threw them out, but instead I put them into a container and into the fridge. That made all the difference! Suddenly, they were delicious little butter balls that melted in my mouth. I love them! I'd make them again. I'm glad I didn't throw them out!"

Zuker User ID: 6730078 240628
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"I have been making these for the past two years to include on my Christmas cookie trays for neighbors. I dip half the cookie in melted chocolate. They are gorgeous and delicious. Everybody loves them."

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