Whipped Shortbread Cookies are light, fluffy, and all but melt in your mouth! With a buttery flavor, these easy shortbread cookies are versatile and perfect for any occasion.
Before this recipe, I always thought of shortbread cookies as being a bit boring, dry, and dense. They reminded me of the tins of cookies my mom used to buy around the holidays that lasted for a month.
I was clearly missing out and if the description above resonates with you, chances are you are too.
Table of contents
- Whipped Shortbread Cookie Ingredients
- Supplies Needed to Make Easy Shortbread Cookies
- Making Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- What's The Difference between Whipped Shortbread Cookies vs Regular Shortbread Cookies?
- Easy Shortbread Cookie Variations
- How To Clean a Silpat Mat
- How to Store Shortbread Cookies
- Don't Miss These Other Cookie Recipes:
Let me happily introduce you to Whipped Shortbread Cookies.
This easy shortbread cookie recipe uses all of the same ingredients as a traditional shortbread recipe and turns it into soft, fluffy, and sweet cookies that all but melt in your mouth.
Decorated with blue and snowflake sprinkles, this recipe makes perfect Christmas shortbread cookies for cookie trays, parties, and more. Since shortbread cookies have a longer shelf life than other cookies, they are ideal for gift-giving too!
Swap out the blue for multi-colored sprinkles and turn this into an easy confetti cookie recipe or get festive with heart sprinkles for Valentine's Day or green for St. Patrick's Day. If you make them for Valentine's Day, be sure to add them to a Valentine's Day charcuterie board! And, whip up some macarons to add to the tasty display as well.
No matter the occasion, if you're looking for buttery, soft-baked cookies, this is by far the best shortbread cookie recipe to try!
Whipped Shortbread Cookie Ingredients
- Unsalted sweet cream butter
- Powdered sugar
- Blue sprinkles
- White snowflake sprinkles
Supplies Needed to Make Easy Shortbread Cookies
- Large mixing bowl
- Medium mixing bowl
- Cookie sheets
- Silpat baking mats
- Cookie dough scoop
Making Whipped Shortbread Cookies
How To Make Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- Gather supplies.
For this recipe, we used a few standard supplies that are always good to have on hand when baking cookies. Our nesting mixing bowl set with lids is very handy for refrigerating dough.
Other essentials include a good whisk and a 1-inch cookie dough scoop (the set we used has 3 sizes). We also used 2 cookie sheets with Silpat baking mats on each of them.
- Combine ingredients.
To make these butter shortbread cookies, begin by beating the butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl with a hand mixer until it is light and fluffy.
In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together the flour and cornstarch.
Slowly beat these ingredients into the large bowl with the butter mixture. For the best soft-baked cookies, be sure to do this for at least 5 minutes.
- Prepare cookie dough and bake.
Refrigerate the cookie dough, covered, for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Line two cookie sheets with Silpat baking mats. If you don't have any, you can use parchment paper.
Scoop dough into your hand with a one-inch cookie dough scoop. Roll into a ball and place on a cookie sheet.
Use a fork to press lightly into each cookie dough ball to create an indent.
Top with blue sprinkles and snowflakes.
Bake for 19-21 minutes or until the tops are set.
Cool before serving.
What's The Difference between Whipped Shortbread Cookies vs Regular Shortbread Cookies?
The ingredients are exactly the same, so what's the difference? What separates the two is really just how the dough is prepared. In this case, the ingredients are whipped for longer, allowing more air into the mixture. By doing this, the end result is a lighter, fluffier, softer cookie.
This is why following the instructions and really beating the mixture is important for soft, buttery shortbread cookies. Otherwise you'll end up with a much more dense, traditional cookie.
Easy Shortbread Cookie Variations
- Top with red and green sprinkles, or even mix in some food coloring, for easy Christmas shortbread cookies.
- For confetti cookies, top with some colorful sprinkles.
- Before baking, add a cherry to the center of each cookie for a splash of color and flavor.
How To Clean a Silpat Mat
Silpat mats are dish-washer friendly! That's one of my favorite things about them. Just toss them in the dishwasher with everything else and pull them out clean.
If, for some reason, you feel the need to do a deep clean of your silpat mat, if they're looking a little greasy and could use some sprucing up, you have a few options.
Hot water and dish soap, particularly Dawn, works well to clean silpat mats. You can let the mat soak in hot water with soap for a while, scrub and rinse.
Lemon juice mixed in water also helps remove any lingering grease on silpat mats, as does baking soda.
For the lemon juice, add a tablespoon or so it's hot water and let the silpat mat sit.
For baking soda, wet the mat and then sprinkle it with baking soda. Use your hand to create a paste on the mat and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and scrub with hot water.
How to Store Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies store very easily and longer than many other cookies! You can store shortbread cookies in an airtight container for up to 10 days on the counter or freeze them for up to 3 months!
They're an ideal cookie to make an extra batch of and store in the freezer for days you're craving something sweet. Just allow them to return to room temperature before consuming.