Total TimePrep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
- 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
- In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Gradually add flour and cornstarch, beating until well blended.
- 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.
- Bake at 300° for 20-22 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
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Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 39 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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Dec 11, 2019
I made a half recipe, not needing or having time for a whole recipe. I'm not sure my mixer bowl would have been large enough anyway! I love shortbread, and these whipped shortbread cookies are wonderful! I followed the instructions to the letter and they came out looking and tasting great! They didn't spread but a tiny bit and were a perfect one-bite size. I highly recommend these for parties or gifts!
Dec 11, 2019
To give the cookies more flavor, try adding a little vanilla.
Dec 9, 2019
Dec 8, 2019
do these really make 16 dozen cookies?? that seems like way too many for that amount of ingredients! thanks...
Dec 6, 2019
Easy peasy melt in your mouth
Dec 4, 2019
Just wanting to address some of the issues in the comments. You need to use the correct measurements of the ingredients listed. They are called whipped short breads because of just that, you will need to whip them until they resemble whipped cream. You are going to think it will never happen, but I assure you it will. Once baked you will have an incredible melt in your mouth cookie.
Nov 30, 2019
I make these just like the recipe says, using salted butter. They are perfect every time---as long as I take them out of the oven before they brown! I have to freeze some of them or we will eat them ALL right away.
Nov 27, 2019
These were horrible. The recipe made this giant bowl of crumbling dough. And when put in balls into the oven for the time specified, it didn’t cook. Came out as just hot dough. A waste of all those ingredients and my time.
Nov 27, 2019
These are so habit forming that I only make them twice a year!
Nov 23, 2019
I love these cookies