Shortbread Christmas Cookies Recipe

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Shortbread Christmas Cookies
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  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cold butter
  • 1/2 tsp rum extract
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 1 tbsp colored edible glitter, or as desired


  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl; with a pastry cutter, chop in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir the rum extract and almond extract into the water in a small bowl. Mix into the dry ingredients, a little bit at a time, until the mixture holds together in a ball when you squeeze it.
  2. Place the dough onto a floured work surface, and sprinkle with flour; roll out into a sheet 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters, and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. Bake the cookies just until the edges are lightly browned, 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool on sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling. Cool completely before decorating.
  5. For frosting, whisk the confectioners' sugar and milk in a bowl until smooth. If desired, divide frosting into small bowls, and tint each bowl a desired shade with food coloring. Frost fully cooled cookies, and sprinkle with edible glitter before the frosting sets.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2007.04 Kcal (8403 kJ)
Calories from fat 838.67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 93.19g 143%
Cholesterol 244.3mg 81%
Sodium 216.87mg 9%
Potassium 186.03mg 4%
Total Carbs 283.41g 94%
Sugars 184.66g 739%
Dietary Fiber 3.75g 15%
Protein 14.04g 28%
Vitamin A 1.1mg 38%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Calcium 64mg 6%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 443.82 Kcal (1858 kJ)
Calories from fat 185.45 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.61g 143%
Cholesterol 54.02mg 81%
Sodium 47.96mg 9%
Potassium 41.14mg 4%
Total Carbs 62.67g 94%
Sugars 40.83g 739%
Dietary Fiber 0.83g 15%
Protein 3.11g 28%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 38%
Iron 0.3mg 7%
Calcium 14.2mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 47.2
  • 56

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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