Shortbread Ornament Cookies Recipe
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Shortbread Ornament Cookies Recipe

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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:40 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 133 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Shortbread Ornament Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p80

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Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

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

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

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

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