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Shortbread Ornament Cookies

These buttery shortbread cookie ornaments are almost too pretty to eat! You can use cookie cutters in shapes of your choice. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • Food coloring of your choice, optional
  • Colored edible glitter and nonpareils


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water and extracts until mixture forms a ball.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 325° for 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, in a large bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar and milk. Divide into small bowls; tint with food coloring if desired. Gently spread over cookies. Decorate as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 133 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Chrisjc09
    Dec 20, 2012

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  • jan Mull
    Dec 19, 2012

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  • NicoleSmay
    Dec 17, 2012

    I just made these with my 3 sons and this was by far, the easiest dough to work with when making cutouts. This will be a new traditional Christmas recipe in our house!

  • Fruitloopgirl
    Dec 15, 2012

    I had to add more water, as it would not come together with only 2 tbsps.

  • jawslaw
    Dec 14, 2012

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    Dec 13, 2012

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    Nov 25, 2012

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  • LisaC00kie
    Dec 20, 2011

    I don't know how it tastes yet, they're still in the oven, but this dough is sticky yicky and hard to work with! I tried adding more flour while I rolled it out, and water, and refrigerated it for at least an hour. So far they look okay out of the oven, but the dough was extremely goopy and sticky.

  • dixiesweetie9867
    Dec 11, 2011

    I like this is is not to sweet. When you put the icing on it, it is a great cookie..

  • gk33061
    Dec 10, 2011

    Due to the richness of the dough, it is difficult to work with.  Chilling the dough for a bit helps.