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Festive Shortbread Cookies

This recipe is perfect for just about anything this holiday season. Whether it's the office holiday party, festivities with family, or as gifts! Your friends, family, and coworkers will love these and they're incredibly easy to make. Just 3 ingredients for the cookies themselves!

You can make them your own or do as we did and drizzle some dark chocolate over the top and sprinkle with crushed candy canes for a festive flare.

Note: This works just as well with white chocolate or a combination. But we used dark because the peppermint candy is very sweet and the dark chocolate creates a nice balance.


For the cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) softened butter

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For the decoration:

  • 2 bars of dark chocolate (we chose Ghiradelli)

  • 6 crushed candy canes or about 15-20 peppermints

  • OPTIONAL colored sugar sprinkles

You will also need wax paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F

  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, blend the butter until it's smooth.

  3. ​Slowly blend in the sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Add flour, using low speed, and mix until well blended.

  5. ​Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Then use the bottom of a glass or other flat surface to press flat. Another option is

to roll out the d