These light and sweet whipped shortbread cookies, with a cherry on top, are so quick and easy to make. Christmas cookie perfection!
It’s almost Christmas time – which means it’s time to make some whipped shortbread cookies!
I absolutely love Christmas baking. The only problem is that as the years pass, I am starting to have too many favourites! We have to pick and choose every year now. Especially since I DO love to bake, and there’s all my childhood favourites, all my husband’s childhood favourites, and I have this need to try new things every year too. That makes for far too many cookies. So not everything gets made, or we’d have Christmas baking in the freezer all year long.
But these whipped shortbread cookies get made every single year. Without fail. They’re my absolute favourite Christmas cookie – and I don’t even like candied cherries that much, so if they’re not your thing either, don’t let them stop you from making these!
Oddly enough, even though this is my mom’s recipe, it’s virtually identical to the one my mother-in-law makes. So it’s on both mine and my husband’s list, which kinda makes them perfect.
Whipped shortbread were the only cookie that my whole family would always make together every year when I was growing up. I think we’d usually make a double or triple batch because they were everyone’s favourite!
We’d all have jobs. Dad would mix the dough and roll it into little balls, I’d press each one down with a fork, and my sister and brother would stick the cherries on top. I figured I had the best job cause I never liked touching the sticky cherries! My son agrees with me on that and won’t help with that part. Evidently my mom got stuck with cleanup? I don’t remember. But I do remember that making whipped shortbread equated to Christmas being just around the corner.
And it kind of still does. It’s the first cookie I make every year. Sometimes with the kids, sometimes not, but as they get older, I think that this one may be one we make together every year. That would be a fun tradition to continue, although maybe I’ll mix up the dough and stick my husband with the cleanup!
If you’ve never tried whipped shortbread, add this one to your “new Christmas cookies to try” list – maybe you’ll find a new family favourite too!
Tips for perfect Whipped Shortbread:
- you can use a stand mixer, food processor or electric hand mixer to make these cookies – I’ve used all three with good results
- make sure you whip the dough well – it will be crumbly at first and then will come together into a ball – this takes 2-3 minutes of whipping in a stand mixer or food processor, and 4-5 minutes with an electric hand mixer – it takes longer then most cookie doughs do but the cookies will be crumbly if you don’t whip the dough long enough
- if candied cherries don’t appeal to you, you can make them without or put something else (chocolate, nuts, whatever you like) on top
- if you have a cookie press, these cookies can also be shaped with one of those instead of rolling the dough into balls and pressing it down with a fork
- here are a few more fantastic Christmas cookie recipes for you: Lacey Cookies, Almond Snowball Cookies, and Peppermint Pinwheels
Watch how to make these Whipped Shortbread cookies here:
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