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.