Vel's Christmas Shortbread

Vel's Christmas Shortbread

32 Reviews 1 Pic
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    12 m
  • Ready In

    1 h
Judy Smith
Recipe by  Judy Smith

“There are a lot of shortbread recipes out there, but these are special. Vel is my mom, and these are the best! At first it will seem that this dough will not go together, but after a lot of kneading, the butter will hold this dough together. You will get the greatest English shortbread that you have ever made.”

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Original recipe yields 5 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until smooth. Sir in flour, and knead by hand until dough comes together. At first the dough will seem dry and crumbly but don't give up, keep mixing. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut with cookie cutters or press dough into shortbread molds. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on the size of your cookies. Do not let them brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

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Excellent. Some advice for those having trouble, sift your flour BEFORE you measure it. Sifted flour is much bigger in volume. If you don't sift you are adding too much flour overall, resulting in too-dry dough. Also, use salted butter, or there's no taste, and let the butter be room-temp soft. These are classic cookies! Yum!!



I have tried this and, after creaming butter and sugar, I get such a 'melty' batter that I've begun to add powdered sugar to try to firm it up so that it can be rolled out---or even pressed into a pan. What have I done wrong? Trudy



AWSOME!!! I found this recipe mixed together with out any trouble at all . They are my husbands and kids new favorite . I liked to put a little peanutbutter on top for a quick afternoon snack. They store well. and they don't melt and crumble till AFTER they get to your mouth, then yummm !

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Amount Per Serving (60 total)

  • Calories
  • 106 cal
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs
  • 11.6 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 45 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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