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Slice and Bake Shortbread

These Slice and Bake Shortbread are a delicious Christmas cookie!  This is an ideal recipe for last minute cookie baking…bake half the batch now, and bake the other half later.  Or give a roll to a friend as a gift from your kitchen.

Happy holidays friends!  You stopped in here at the perfect time because you are going to leave today with 12 delicious cookie recipe ideas for Christmas! I’ve come together with 11 Canadian bloggers to bring you some delicious cookie recipes for the holiday season…you can never have too many.

So let’s get started!  I’m sharing a simple and delicious shortbread recipe that you slice and bake whenever you want fresh baked cookies.  YES.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Shortbread cookies are a classic holiday cookie recipe.  Pretty much everyone loves them, so they’re a great cookie to make for your treat plates. 

Slice and Bake Shortbread

But the BEST thing about these shortbread cookies are that they are a slice and bake cookie.  You make 2 rolls of dough, and keep them wrapped up in parchment paper in the fridge.  Then when you want cookies, you just slice and bake them.  Make a batch today, and make a batch tomorrow.  Or make a batch after everyone goes to bed…just sayin’

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Slice and Bake Cookie Tip

At this point when the dough is wrapped up tight in parchment paper, they’re great for gift giving!  Tie some pretty ribbon on each end, and give a roll to a friend or neighbour.  Then they can enjoy freshly baked cookies too.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

When you’re ready to bake, slice the dough into 1/4 inch slices…

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Line them up on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (use the same one the dough was wrapped up in), and add some toppings.  Our favourite toppings are the glazed red and green cherries.  These taste like nostalgia.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

But you can add any topping that you like…crushed candy canes, a small piece of chocolate…have fun and experiment.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Then bake and enjoy.  They are rich, buttery and delicious.

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Slice and Bake Shortbread

Don’t forget to leave a plate out for Santa!


Slice and Bake Shortbread

These Slice and Bake Shortbread are a delicious Christmas cookie!  This is an ideal recipe for last minute cookie baking…bake half the batch now, and bake the other half later.



Shortbread Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour


  • red and green glazed cherries (chopped into small pieces)
  • I also used some crushed candy canes for some cookies


Making the Shortbread Cookie Dough:

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the flour.
  3. Once everything is mixed together, using your hands gather the dough into 1 large ball.
  4. Then split the ball into 2 pieces.
  5. Make 2 rolls/logs that are about 1 1/2 inches wide in diameter (refer to pictures).

Baking, Storing & Freezing Options:

  1. Bake:  At this point you can slice the dough into 1/4 inch pieces and bake the cookies.  See below for instructions.
  2. BUT the cookies come out more round in shape if the dough has a chance to chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Chill:  If you wish to let the dough chill, roll each log in a piece of parchment paper (refer to pictures), and put them in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or even up to 3 days if you want fresh cookies later in the week!
  4. Freeze:  At this point you can also freeze the dough logs and bake the cookies later.  Wrap the parchment paper rolled dough in some plastic wrap, or put them in a ziplock bag, and freeze.  Then when you are ready to bake the cookies, take the dough out of the freezer and bring it to just slightly cooler than room temperature before baking.

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Slice the dough logs into 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Line the cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle each cookie with about 1 tsp of glazed cherries.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden along the bottom edges.
  6. Cool, then enjoy!

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Recipe from Jean Pare’s ‘Company’s Coming Cookies’

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  1. These look absolutely delicious, Jo-Anna! Pinning so we can make them this season! Thanks so much for organizing this cookie blog hop; there’s certainly no shortage of yummy recipes!

  2. They look amazing Jo-Anna! Thank you so much for hosting and organizing this cookie hop. I’ll have a lot of new recipes to try this holiday season!!! Take Care 🙂