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The Best Shortbread Recipes For Holiday Baking

Let the holiday baking begin.

No cookie does butter and sugar quite as well as the shortbread cookie does. Even if you're a snickerdoodle, chocolate chip or oatmeal cookie fan, there's no denying the greatness of the shortbread. They come in all shapes and flavors, but one thing remains constant: butter. Their melt-in-your-mouth texture is a result of the cookie's unapologetic use of butter -- which is just one more reason to love the cookie.

With the holidays creeping up, the days of shortbread cookies are upon us. We've got 35 great ways you can bake them, and we've given you just enough time to give them all a try. For gifting of course. Or, you know, eating.

1
Classic Shortbread
Annie's Eats
Get the Classic Shortbread recipe from Annie's Eats
2
Brown Butter Shortbread
Completely Delicious
Get the Brown Butter Shortbread recipe from Completely Delicious
3
Lemon Rosemary Shortbread
Two Peas and their Pod
Get the Lemon Rosemary Shortbread recipe from Two Peas and their Pod
4
Vanilla Cardamom Shortbread Snowflake Sandwich Cookies
Pineapple & Coconut
5
Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
The View From The Great Island
Get the Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies recipe from The View From The Great Island
6
Basil Cornmeal Shortbread With Apricot Filling
Becca Bakes
7
Toasted Coconut Shortbread
Annie's Eats
Get the Toasted Coconut Shortbread recipe from Annie's Eats
8
Coconut Jam Shortbreads With Coconut Icing
Sips and Spoonfuls
9
White Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread
Lovely Little Kitchen
Get the White Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread recipe from Lovely Little Kitchen
10
Bourbon, Brown Butter And Vanilla Shortbread Cookie
Love & Olive Oil
11
Chai Shortbread Cookies With Sea Salt
Foodie Crush
12
Lemon Shortbread
Today's Nest
Get the Lemon Shortbread recipe from Today's Nest
13
Chocolate Dipped Caramel Cream Filled Coconut Shortbread
Pineapple & Coconut
14
Vanilla Bean Shortbread
The View From The Great Island
Get the Vanilla Bean Shortbread recipe from The View From The Great Island
15
Banana Pecan Shortbread (Vegan And Gluten Free)
Minimalist Baker
Get the Banana Pecan Shortbread recipe from Minimalist Baker
16
Chocolate-Dipped Bacon Shortbread Cookies
Tasty Pursuits
17
Brown Sugar Almond Shortbread
Confessions Of A Tart
Get the Brown Sugar Almond Shortbread recipe from Confessions Of A Tart
18
Twix Shortbread
Cooking Classy
Get the Twix Shortbread recipe from Cooking Classy
19
Cinnamon And Rye Shortbread
Mark Weinberg/Food52
Get the Cinnamon and Rye Shortbread recipe from Emily C via Food52
20
Christmas Tree Shortbread
Just A Taste
Get the Christmas Tree Shortbread recipe from Just A Taste
21
Parmesan Thyme Shortbread
Cherry Tea Cakes
Get the Parmesan Thyme Shortbread recipe from Cherry Tea Cakes
22
Thai Tea Shortbread Cookies
She Simmers
Get the Thai Tea Shortbread Cookies recipe from She Simmers
23
Rosemary Shortbread Rounds
Becca Bakes
Get the Rosemary Shortbread Rounds recipe from Becca Bakes
24
Chocolate Shortbread Sprinkle Cookies
Alaska From Scratch
Get the Chocolate Shortbread Sprinkle Cookies recipe from Alaska From Scratch
25
Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies
Recipe Girl
Get the Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies recipe from Recipe Girl
26
Chocolate Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies
With Style And Grace
Get the Chocolate Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies recipe from With Style And Grace
27
Lemon Lavender Shortbread
Annie's Eats
Get the Lemon Lavender Shortbread recipe from Annie's Eats
28
Funfetti Shortbread Bites
Cooking Classy
Get the Funfetti Shortbread Bites recipe from Cooking Classy
29
Currant-Caraway Shortbread
Mark Weinberg/Food52
Get the Currant-Caraway Shortbread recipe from Calendargirl via Food52
30
Orange Blossom Shortbread
The View From The Great Island
Get the Orange Blossom Shortbread recipe from The View From The Great Island
31
Honey, Orange And Almond Shortbread Cookies
Sweet Freedom
32
Honey Pecan Dark Chocolate Shortbread
A Dash Of Sass
33
Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies
Simply Recipes
Get the Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies recipe from Simply Recipes
34
Salted Caramel Shortbread
Hungry To Happy
Get the Salted Caramel Shortbread recipe from Hungry To Happy
35
Butter Pecan Shortbread
Bake Or Break
Get the Butter Pecan Shortbread recipe from Bake Or Break
36
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread
The View From The Great Island
Get the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread recipe from The View From The Great Island
37
Cinnamon Chip Shortbread Cookies
Barbara Bakes
Get the Cinnamon Chip Shortbread Cookies recipe from Barbara Bakes

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