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Shortbread Ornament Cookies


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 133 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


Average Rating: 4.125
  • 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.

  • 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 31, 1969

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

  • HeberGirl
    Dec 8, 2011

    I followed this recipe exactly as written but the dough would not come together. I added 1 Tbsp water (extra) & it took a total of 4 additional Tbsp of water before the dough would come together. I didn't want to add anymore water but it would not roll. I patted the dough flat enough to cut out shapes, & it tasted fine, but it was too much trouble to get the right consistancy. I think there is something wrong with the recipe.

  • ACE91806
    Dec 21, 2009

    These cookies were very delicious...I used these to put in gift baskets and everyone just loved the cookies, now I have to make these for Christmas Day as well...

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