These Whipped Shortbread Cookies are buttery, delicious, and so simple to make! No refrigerating, no rolling pins. Just perfect, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread!
I have SERIOUSLY slacked on Halloween recipes this year, so I’m here to repent with some cookies. Please accept this butter-laden apology.
I am particular about Halloween recipes. I’m not typically interested in anything that looks like eyeballs or worms [gross], but I don’t love anything that’s too cutesy either. My favorite Halloween recipe is this Bloody Good Cheesecake. Red velvet, some very bright “blood” frosting, a little dramatic cake staging – so good.
I’ve got a mini version as well – Bloody Good Mini Cheesecakes are bite-sized and have a gingersnap crust.
This shortbread Halloween cookie recipe can be cutesy, if that’s your thing. Or it can be a little bit sophisticated. You can go the spooky route with some red candy melts. Or you can be a total purist and just go the candy eyeball route (my personal favorite).
LeMoine Family Kitchen
This recipe is based on these excellent Rainbow Shortbread Cookies from LeMoine Family Kitchen. I tweaked it a little to accommodate my lazy person ways, but this shortbread cookie goodness originally came out of her kitchen.
Every couple of months, I swap recipes with other bloggers because it’s fun to try things that friends have developed, and /or get to know a new website. Also HOW TF ELSE DO YOU MAKE NEW FRIENDS IN A PANDEMIC?!!
(sorry for freaking out – I need to get out of this house)
Anyway, this month, I coked from the blog of LeMoine Family Kitchen , and because I am me, I immediately searched for Halloween recipes. I found these adorable Halloween Mini Chocolate Cakes, but they felt a little bit to much like my Slimeball Hi Hat Halloween Cookies. THEN I found the shortbread.
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Whipped Shortbread vs. Traditional Shortbread
I used Angela’s original ingredients here, but I added a couple of things (vanilla and a little more salt). What I really played around with was the actual technique, because again, I am lazy.
Traditional shortbread cookies will either be rolled out and cut, or the dough is shaped into a log, chilled, and then sliced.
Whipped Shortbread Cookies skip all the rolling out or slicing, and there’s no need to refrigerate the dough. With this recipe, you’ll just whip together the butter and the sugar for a little longer than normal (5 minutes), then add the remaining dry ingredients, and then add the vanilla and the egg.
The dough is soft and smooth, and is super easy to work with.
Tools for making these cookies
There are a few things that can make your cookie-baking life easier, and you definitely don’t HAVE to have them, but I’m always glad to have them handy.
- This Whipped Shortbread Cookies recipe calls for 1/8 cup cornstarch, and you can make it work with a tablespoon or by trying to eyeball a half of a 1/4 measuring cup. But this set of Measuring Cups and Spoons has a 1/8 measuring cup, and I use it WAY more than I thought I ever would!
- OXO Medium Cookie Scoop – this makes perfectly portioned cookies. I use mine often (most recently for these Unicorn Cake Mix Cookies)
- Parchment Paper – for easy clean up
- Sweets Indeed makes some super fun Halloween sprinkles. Monster Mash is my favorite. If you need Candy Eyeballs they have those as well.
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- An Affair from the Heart – Instant Pot Chicken & Rice Soup
- An Affair from the Heart – Honey Corn Bread
- Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars
- Devour Dinner – Instant Pot French Onion Meatballs
- House of Nash Eats – Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
- Lemoine Family Kitchen – Turkey Cranberry Sliders
- Life Currents – Cheesy Shrimp Dip
- Life, Love & Good Food – Lemon Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Or Whatever You Do – Traeger Grilled Parmesan Halibut
- Take Two Tapas – Pork Tenderloin Sliders
- The Foodie Affair – Easy Greek Style Cauliflower Rice Salad
- The Speckled Palate – Upside Down Cranberry Cake
- West Via Midwest – Hawaiian Pulled Pork (Kalua Pork Recipe)
Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Whipped Shortbread Cookies are buttery and just slightly sweet. This simple to make recipe will be one you love for every holiday!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/8 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- Sprinkles or candy eyes
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat together the softened butter and powdered sugar on medium high for about 5 minutes, scraping down the bowl at least once halfway through.
- Add the flour, cornstarch, and salt, and mix on medium until you have a crumbly, sandy sort of consistency.
- Then add the vanilla extract and the egg. Mix on medium low until the dough forms a ball.
- Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough; if you don't have a cookie scoop, it's about a heaping tablespoon. Space the balls of dough at least 2" apart on the cookie sheet. Use a fork to gently press the top of each cookie; this will flatten them a bit so that they bake more evenly.
- Top with sprinkles or candy eyes as desired.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes. The bottoms will be golden brown, but the top should still be pale.
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, and then let them cool completely on a wire rack.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
Friday 23rd of October 2020
These looks so fun and easy that I whipped them right up with my kids yesterday afternoon! I had some fun Halloween sprinkles too that they loved using, and the cookies tasted delicious!
Tuesday 20th of October 2020
I can't wait to try these shortbread cookies. I've never heard of Whipping them and excited to give these a try!
Monday 19th of October 2020
Shortbread cookies are one of my absolute favorites! These look SO GOOD!
Sunday 18th of October 2020
Oh my goodness gracious. These are the CUTEST little cookies (the eyessssss!), and we're going to be making them again and again because I am obsessed with how easy and tasty they are! Well done, ma'am!
Saturday 17th of October 2020
Heather! Sooo, nice to see you in FF! Buttery shortbread cookies are my favorite and this one can be used for all holidays with a swap of sprinkles! We all need simple dessert ideas that are cute!
Saturday 17th of October 2020
YES to all holidays! It was so fun to see you as a participant here! HAYYYYYYYYY. Looking forward to cooking from your site one of these rounds.