Whipped Shortbread Recipe
- 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
- 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.
2 each: 81 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Reviews for Whipped Shortbread
"The instructions are not very clear. You need to whip the butter and sugar for a long time. And when you think you've whipped it enough, whip it some more!"
"What a waste of time..these cookies were gross."
"I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews on here because these are delicious. You need to make sure you really whip the butter and sugar until it's fluffy so maybe that's why some people are getting bad results.I added half a teaspoon of vanilla to mine (I cut the recipe in thirds) at the recommendation of other commenters and they are yummy.One thing I will say is that there's absolutely no way this recipe yields 16-18 dozen cookies. As I said, I only used a third of the recipe (because I didn't want hundreds of cookies lol) and it made about 20-25 cookies, so there's no way the full recipe makes that many.*I should also note that I didn't use any cornstarch in mine because I realized I didn't have any after getting home from the store. Didn't seem to affect the outcome - just used a little bit extra flour."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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 !!!!!!!"
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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!"
"They tasted like cornstarch! Disappointed! Too crumbly also!"
"Did have to adjust this a bit. We halved the recipe and added a tsp of vanilla. Next time i make this i may take a quarter cup of the cornstarch and use powdered sugar in it's place. You really need to work this before shapeing though. I also needed to bake for nearly double the time. But we are on the edge of high altitude so that may have played a part."
"This was a big hit at work, home, and just in general. great taste!!"
"I don't know what the other reviewers did, but this recipe for shortbread is, by far, the BEST melt in your mouth cookie! Hint to others, make sure you don't over bake. Use a scoop with the automatic release (I got my scoopers from Pampered Chef and I use the mini scooper). Also, make sure you use BUTTER, no substitutions, and don't melt the butter. It must be soft, at room temperature."
"Cut the recipe in half, waste of time and ingredients. Was like powder."
"Delicious flavor but very crumbly."
"I saw the 50/50 reviews and tried these anyway. They turned out great for me. I will make these again."
"The cookies where over all good...but I think needed a little Baking powered as they were a little dry....or a little less corn starch."
"Absolutely horrible! What a waste of 3 lbs of butter. All I could taste was the cornstarch! Threw them all out! Do not use this recipe..."
"My husband and I made this recipe this evening and WOW!!! If you follow this to the T' it is the most amazing buttery melt in your mouth taste GREAT cookie!!! We added some toppings of our choice and they came out perfect! We will be making these our Holiday Favorite so thank you so very much for sharing this recipe."
"Would these cookies freeze well?"
"I love shortbread, and this recipe didn't deliver. I cut the recipe in half to give it a try out for a new holiday cookie. No flavor, bland just doesn't describe it! Definetly not sweet ( which adds to the blandness) and not your usual shortbread texture. So sad I really wanted to love it. Should have read the reviews first about adding more powdered sugar and vanilla."
"Excellent! I have been making these for many years. I add 1 tsp almond flavoring. Also nice rolled in finely chopped nuts then push on 1/2 a cherry on top."
"I made these last nite and they R nice and easy to make. I did cut the recipe in half for just 2 of us. My husband is the shortbread lover. Keep in mind "This Is a Shortbread recipe" so not a lot of flavor but the texture is SO unique when U bite into them they Actually Do Melt in your mouth. I was shocked. Never have had a cookie that did that. I followed the recipe to the letter. SO mine turned out the way they should. PPL if U change a Recipe then You should Not blame the recipe for YOUR failure!! "Just sayin" I will definitely make these again. TY Taste of Home."
"Wondering if anyone ha s tried adding lemon extract and/or lemon zest. I was given little lemony shortbread balls last Chtistmas and they were heavenly. I haven't found a recipe for them, but think I will try it with this one."
"The taste was very good, not too sweet, but I just couldn't get it to roll out. Every time I tried it just fell apart and crumbled. I ended up putting it one pan and cooking it like shortbread, then cutting into wedges. Shame as I wanted it to be cookies to take to a lunch party."
"These are great! The recipe does make a lot."
"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!! :DOne more thing, work the dough until it's not sticky any more. They will not be grainy and they WILL melt in your mouth :)"
"They were not good at all. Had such high hopes."
"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."
"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!"
"Question, when rolling into ball the dough is extremely sticky, they are flattening like a pancake in the oven, what am I doing wrong?"
"I was very disappointed in these. I should have read all the reviews first. They have no flavor, dry and crumbly, only made 8 doz. I would look for a better recipe."
"Make this every Christmas :)"
"LOVE this recipe! I added vanilla to them - probably 2-3t - it made all the difference - the recipe made 8 dozen, not 16, but I am happy with the results!"
"Just made these and they are awesome. I have 6 adult critics standing around waiting to try them and they all LOVE them. these are shortbread cookies they are not suppose to be moist. there's only butter, no liquids. I made the recipe as is with the addition of 3 Tbls if vanilla and I put a pecan half on top because I don't have any cherry fans around here. These do melt in your mouth. I used a 1 inch cookie scoop and it only made about 11 dozen. I know I will make this again as soon as I have some time..can't really get much easier than this."
"For those who found the cookies dry, work the dough till workable. For flavor add flavorings.L make these cookies for Christmas and weddings and still get orders year round. Why do some people have to show themselves up by being so rude?"
"I make these EVERY Christmas and hace since they first appeared in the magazine. Such a wonderful recipe..and everyone loves them! I dip the tops in either red or green sanding sugar instead of the nonpareils or cherries. And it makes a BUNCH!!!I just read some other negative reviews and wonder if the reviewers didnt make a mistake. These cookies are NOT dry, and they are very flavorful!! Please give them a try I think you will love them, too!"
"easy to make, but for all the butter, very little flavor, but i used unsalted butter. i made some with jam which improved the presentation as well as the taste."
"One of my new favorite holiday cookies. Simple and not super sweet. The whole family loved them and begged for more!"
"They felt powdery but flavorful. I wish they would have been less dry"
"Yes I agreed awful didn't like the recipe"
"Awful! A perfect waste of 3 pounds of butter. They were very dry (crumbled -- NOT melted -- like powder in our mouths) and had no flavor. I'm willing to bet there are better shortbread recipes out there. Can't believe these were contest winning."
"Yummy, my Mom used to make cookies like these. Thanks for the recipe Jane!"
"I think the "yield" is a bit off. The recipe says 102 servings yet 16 doz. is way more than that (unless a serving is 2 cookies). I think I will cut the recipe in half - that's a lot of little balls to roll!"
"Do I pre-heat the oven? I have a similar recipe which requires a heated oven. Thank you"
"I am thrilled with this recipe. Looking forward to browning butter before measuring for even more exquisite flavor!"
"AWESOME! These have been added to my Christmas cookies to make every year!"
"Oh so delicate. Making another batch."
"Awesome cookies!! I added chopped pecans. So yummy, my hubby loved them and so did I"
"I like easy & these look soooo good! Can' t wait to make them for Christmas!"
"Thank you Jane for sharing this one. It is by far the best whipped shortbread recipe ever. I cut the recipe down to 1/3 the amounts you have shown here, as I don't need such a large quantity. Merry Christmas!"
"Like my grandmothers recipe, only with walnuts ... Melt in your mouth goodness ??"
"Halleymare...how very rude you are!! This is an excellent recipe. Thanks for taking the time to share Jane."
"My husband LOVES these! Thank you Jane for sharing"
"A very simple and most delicious cookies. I will certainly be adding this to my holiday's menu!"
"I make this cookie every year and it is the best!! Easy to make. Decorate any way you wish. Family looks for these every year!"
"I did a quarter recipe, because I only wanted a small batch - it made just over 2 dozen. SO good!"
"I've made a lot of shortbread; this is the recipe I've made again and again!"
"These are a "must-make" for Christmas at our house. Everyone loves them! My husband did most of our baking this year and he could not believe how easy these were to make."
"This is one of those melt in your mouth kind of cookies, but you dont have to worry about breaking them while you decorate. Very lightly sweetend and almost shortbread like. Delicious!! Try them lightly dusted with powdered sugar!"
"Very easy to make and yummy!"