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Christmas Shortbread Cookies Recipe with Sprinkles

An easy Christmas shortbread cookies recipe is a real time-saver whenever you need cookies. This recipe is easy enough to whip up quickly. Have a last minute party to attend? These babies won’t take long to make at all. A quick color change of the sprinkles makes them appropriate for any occasion. This post contains affiliate links.

Christmas Shortbread Cookies Recipe with Sprinkles

While I was growing up, my Grandma had a favorite bakery in town. She would go quite often – I am not even sure why cause that seems a little strange now – but, every time we did I would get shortbread cookies with the tiny round sprinkles. They were my favorite cookie ever to be made. These shortbread cookies remind me of my childhood favorites.

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies Recipe with Sprinkles



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Using a mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Combine dry ingredients together, and gradually add to creamed butter until well blended.
  3. If dough is sticky, dust hands with additional cornstarch as you shape dough into 1″ balls. Flatten slightly with the palms of your hands. Dip in nonpareils and place on a parchment lined baking pan about 2″ apart.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes until set but not brown.
  5. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Makes 6-8 dozen.
Shortbread Cookies with Sprinkles

These tasty little morsels just melt in your mouth. Make them with all sorts of colors and types of sprinkles. The colors pictured are perfect for the holidays, but you can use any color for other events. It’s easy to make humongous batches to share with everyone, too. Create cookie tins for friends and family as delicious little gifts.

Who do you know that would love this Christmas shortbread cookies recipe with sprinkles? 

Susan Chester

Thursday 30th of November 2017

These look so easy! And they are cute and festive. I am pinning this so I can try soon.


Friday 20th of January 2017

Mmmmm. Shortbread cookies are definitely among my favorites, partly because of their simplicity. I love the idea of coating them with sprinkles --they're so festive. And not just for Christmas, either. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Anne Marie Carter

Tuesday 27th of December 2016

I usually make Shortbread Cookies during the holidays but, I've never thought of adding sprinkles to them. Next year, mine will have spriinkles! Great recipe! I saved and also printed it.

Karen Glatt

Friday 16th of December 2016

I love Shortbread cookies and these cookies look so delicious and I want to make these over the Holiday break.

Dana Rodriguez

Thursday 15th of December 2016

Those are perfect for the holidays. I love shortbread cookies and those are very colorful! Thanks for the recipe!

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