Whipped shortbread cookies make ideal Christmas cookies for the experienced baker and the novice alike. They’re great for parties, cookie exchanges, and mindless munching. These yummy little shortbread cookies are slightly sweet, totally buttery and light as air. They’ve got an addictingly delicious melt-in-your-mouth consistency that makes them simply irresistible.
The whipped shortbread cookies recipe is simple and easy to follow. This is my go-to recipe for cookies on the fly. It makes delectable little cookies in under an hour with no hard to find ingredients and no crazy gadgets.
Let’s apron-up and bake some cookies!
I love this whipped shortbread cookies recipe because literally anyone can follow it and make some heart-pounding fabulous little cookies. You only need a few common kitchen staples and a couple of tips to whip up a batch of these lovely little gems. They’re simple, wholesome and just plain awesome.
Here’s some other great reasons to love them.
- Buttery melt-in-your-mouth consistency
- Totally simple straightforward recipe
- Wholesome, delicious and not too sugary sweet
- Ideal for holiday parties & cookie exchanges
- No hard to find ingredients or crazy kitchen gadgets required
This is not quite a classic shortbread cookie recipe. No, no – this whipped shortbread cookies recipe is something much more special. It produces pillowy soft little cookies with an uncommonly airy texture. They’re light as a feather! Here’s how to makes them.
I hate to sound technical but creaming for 8 minutes means setting a timer and creaming for the full 8 minutes. The mixture may be light and fluffy long before the timer goes off but keep going! You’re incorporating as much air as possible into the batter to give you those incredible light and airy results.
When you add the flour, gently mix only until combined. Overmixing helps strengthen gluten which can make your cookies tough and chewy. Arrgh! For best results, you’ll want to blend just until incorporated.
Serving up these whipped shortbread cookies is pretty simple. They appeal to the masses because they’re not overpoweringly sweet. They’re more like butter shortbread cookies with the perfect crumbly texture.
Butter – Genuine unsalted butter works best in this whipped shortbread cookies recipe. Margarine just doesn’t seem to produce the same results. You want your butter to spread easily but still be cold.
Sugar – This recipe calls for confectioner’s sugar. With these awesome little shortbread cookies cornstarch helps give them that melt-in-your-mouth texture. You won’t see it in the recipe, but it’s typically added to confectioner’s sugar as an anti-caking agent.
Flour – I use all-purpose flour for this recipe, and it works just fine. You probably don’t want to substitute here.
Salt – Adding just a small amount of salt helps combat bitterness and enhances all that yummy cookie flavor.
Storing these tasty little guys is really easy. They’ll stay fresh and yummy in an airtight container. I like to toss a fresh piece of bread in there with them to absorb excess moisture. You may even want to put wax paper between the layers to protect their integrity. I don’t recommend storing these in a bag because that soft crumbly texture can be a little delicate.
Can You Freeze This?
Here’s the thing. You can freeze the baked cooled cookies and they freeze really well. Unfortunately, you can’t freeze the raw cookie dough with the same results. The freezing and thawing process rids the raw cookie dough of much of the air that’s been incorporated so cookies just won’t bake up the same.
Make Ahead Tips
These whipped shortbread cookies really have to be made all at once, but the prep work is nil. Making these buttery soft shortbread cookies doesn’t even take an hour. You can certainly pre-measure the powdered sugar and salt in one container and the flour in another, but how much time is that really gonna’ save?
The best make-ahead tip I can give you is to bake up these little gems and toss them in freezer after they’ve cooled. Then you can pull them out whenever you need them.
How Long Can You Keep This?
These tasty little gems will stay good for about a week when stored properly. You can keep them in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just be sure to let them cool completely before prepping them for storage.
There are a ton of ways you can tweak this whipped shortbread cookies recipe, but you do need to be careful not to alter the base too much. You want to protect the integrity of those buttery melt-in-your-mouth little cookies. Here are a few simple suggestions.
Can I Use Almonds Instead?
You can always substitute almond extract for the vanilla extract in your whipped shortbread cookies recipe, but it may be easier just to make almond shortbread cookies instead. When I’m feeling a little nutty, I like to make almond crescent cookies too.
If you do decide to toss almonds in your whipped shortbread cookies, they should be chopped and used sparingly for best results.
Can I Turn These Into Sugar Cookies?
I can certainly understand the need to whip up some awesome Christmas sugar cookies. It’s a total holiday tradition in my house which is why I always make some of these delicious little whipped shortbread cookies.
Italian Christmas cookies are really good too, but the recipe is a little different and they aren’t quite as soft and crumbly. They are, however, glazed with a sweet homemade icing that’s well worth the extra bit of stirring required.
Can I Turn These Into German Christmas Cookies?
Speaking of icing, Lebkuchen are scrumptious little German Christmas cookies in the most traditional sense. They’re rich, crunchy and totally yummy. You can also make Vanillekipferl tasty little crescent-shaped German cookies that are hand molded and dredged heavily in powdered sugar.
You’ll still need the confectioner’s sugar but they’re much crunchier than whipped shortbread cookies. It’s a completely different texture.
What Other Shortbread Cookies Can I Bake?
These whipped shortbread cookies are some of my absolute favorites because of their soft buttery texture. If you prefer a more traditional shortbread recipe, you can make caramel shortbread cookies or chocolate chip shortbread cookies. They have that rich shortbread flavor with the coveted crunchy texture.
Pecan shortbread cookies are really good too. Forget those tasteless processed pecan sandies on grocery store shelves!
What Other Christmas Cookies Can I Bake?
When the temperature starts to change and holiday music comes on the radio, you know it’s time to throw down in the kitchen with some Christmas cookies that’ll rock their world. Making these whipped shortbread cookies is a great warm-up for the next recipe because they’re just so simple.
Another simple favorite is peppermint kiss cookies . Put them on a platter with some reindeer nutter butter treats to serve up some delicious holiday cheer. You can also make our unique Yugoslavian Christmas cookies with nutty meringue layers and a sweet surprise to tie it all together.
Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- nonpareils or jimmies
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In the bowl of a standup mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium speed for 8 minutes.
- Mix in the flour, just until incorporated. Do not overmix.
- Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Lightly press the cookies with a fork. Sprinkle with nonpareils.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until bottoms are lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to wire racks and cool completely.
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This whipped shortbread cookies recipe makes super awesome Christmas cookies Santa himself would approve of! I bet the elves even get in on the action. They come together quickly and have such a soft crumbly texture that the rich buttery flavor almost takes you by surprise. These little gems are hard to beat on the Christmas cookie awesome scale. Whip up a batch and try them for yourself!