12 Things to Do With Shortbread

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Shortbread is arguably the most popular cookie of the holiday season; easy to make, its buttery, ultra-tender texture makes it appeal to all ages. Infinitely versatile, shortbread takes on any form and any number of ingredients. Best of all, it requires no particular baking skill; even the most novice baker can master it. Here are a dozen ways to personalize a simple batch – from sweet to savory, plain to complex, all are utterly delicious and perfect additions to your holiday baking repertoire.


  • Nutella Shortbread Sandwiches 1 of 12
    Nutella Shortbread Sandwiches
    Sandwiched with chocolate hazelnut spread, the top cookie has a festive window cut out for it to peek through. Beautiful and delicious!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Nutty Shortbread Snowballs 2 of 12
    Nutty Shortbread Snowballs
    These classic shortbread balls -- otherwise known as Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cakes -- can be made with almonds, pecans, walnuts, or a combination of your favorites.
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Blue Cheese & Pecan Shortbread 3 of 12
    Blue Cheese & Pecan Shortbread
    Who says shortbread has to be sweet? This savory version is perfect on a cheese platter or to nibble with wine.
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Lemon-thyme Shortbread 4 of 12
    Lemon-thyme Shortbread
    Herbs go beautifully in shortbread, especially when paired with citrus. Try swapping the thyme for chopped fresh rosemary, too.
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Almond Shortbread Stars 5 of 12
    Almond Shortbread Stars
    Flavored with almonds, these stars are a holiday classic -- of course you could cut them into other shapes, too!
    The Parsley Thief has the recipe!
  • Chocolate Espresso Shortbread 6 of 12
    Chocolate Espresso Shortbread
    Rich, dark, and chocolatey with a hint of espresso, this dough is simple to bake in round cake tins, then cut into wedges. Or package up whole wheels for giving!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Millionaire’s Shortbread with Salted Ale Caramel 7 of 12
    Millionaire's Shortbread with Salted Ale Caramel
    Shortbread layered with caramel and chocolate - does it get any better? It does with the caramel is laced with ale and sea salt!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Lemon Shortbread 8 of 12
    Lemon Shortbread
    These zesty nibbles have a hit of citrus -- perfect for the cold winter season. Try them with orange, too!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Caramel Cashew Shortbread 9 of 12
    Caramel Cashew Shortbread
    Topped with toasted cashews and caramel, these squares are a perfect fit for the holidays. To fancy them up a bit, drizzle baked bars with chocolate before cutting.
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Shortbread Four Ways 10 of 12
    Shortbread Four Ways
    One recipe, four cookies -- Simple Bites shows how versatile simple shortbread cookie dough can be!
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Nigella Lawson’s Vanilla Shortbread 11 of 12
    Nigella Lawson's Vanilla Shortbread
    Nigella knows what she's doing when it comes to holiday baking -- this is her classic shortbread recipe, flavored simply with vanilla. Does it get much better?
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Chocolate Dipped Shortbread 12 of 12
    Chocolate Dipped Shortbread
    These beautiful sandwiches have festive cutouts on top, allowing for the ruby filling to poke through. They're finished with a quick dip in chocolate. Perfect for gift-giving!
    Sophistimom has the recipe!

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