Grandma’s Shortbread Cookies

It seems that this week Christmas has arrived! All of a sudden shop windows have Christmas displays, streets are lined with lit up trees and there is even the odd lit up reindeer or giant gift box.

I love every part of Christmas and look forward to it every year. One of the best parts of Christmas for me is my Grandma’s shortbread cookies. I love my Grandma, we have a very special relationship so I’m happy I get to make these and have a little piece of her with me at Christmas time.

The great thing about these cookies is that they’re easy to make and little hands can definitely help! You can even cookie cut them into fun Christmas shapes.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup butter (250g)
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar (pure; some icing sugar is a mixture)
  • 3/4 cup cornflour
  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Cream butter then add icing sugar and mix well
  2. Add cornflour and flour
  3. Mix in vanilla
  4. Form into 2 rolls and press flat — I use waxed paper or cling wrap to work it flat — about 1/4 inch thick  Pretend you are playing with playdo!
  5.  I freeze it for a little while to make it firm enough to slice (it is quite gooey)
  6. If it is completely frozen, you need to thaw it a bit to cutting consistency.
  7. Cut slices or cookie cutter shapes.

Maybe some reindeer or Christmas trees

Bake on flat cookie sheet in slow oven at 275F


Until golden brown — approximately 1/2 hour but look in 20 – 25 minutes just to make sure the oven has not been too hot.

You can always try one to see if it is properly crispy cooked 😉



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