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Festive Shortbread Logs

Rated as 4.59 out of 5 Stars

"I first made these rich and tender cookies as a teenager and now make them for my husband and our two sons. The smiles on their faces are well worth the time and effort. --Michele Fenner, Girard, Pennsylvania"
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40 m servings
Original recipe yields 24 servings


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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour; mix well.
  2. With lightly floured hands, shape tablespoonfuls into 2-in. logs. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes or until edges and bottom are lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over half of the cookies. Dip one end of remaining cookies into chocolate, then sprinkle with walnuts.


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Most helpful positive review

They shortbread cookies were absolutely amazing! I bake all the time and have not made cookies that are so easy and taste this good in a while. Great recipe!

Most helpful critical review

These were ok. I thought they lacked in flavor. For the effort involved, I was hoping for bigger flavor. I have another shortbread recipe that I think I will stick to.

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They shortbread cookies were absolutely amazing! I bake all the time and have not made cookies that are so easy and taste this good in a while. Great recipe!

I loved this recipe, they taste and look great! I didn't change a thing. I rolled the dough into little logs and then pressed them out on cookie sheet with a fork so they had a design. I let the...

I started making this recipe for Christmas and I have to say - it's amazing! The dough turns out very buttery and melts in your mouth! I didn't change a thing on the recipe for the actual cookie...

Great seasonal cookies, were a big hit with a bake exchange

These are great. I made them some time ago and didn't realize I had gotten the recipe from on here. For the chocolate I used vegetable oil instead of shortening, until I got the desired dipping ...

Followed the recipe, used the 'fork method' as one other reviewer suggested and they turned out awesome. Taste delicious! Hope my cookie exchange party goers will love them as well!! Thank you!

I made these for Christmas this past year and everyone loved them! It was my first time making any cookie from scratch and it was an easy recipe to follow!

These are really yummy, even without the chocolate in my opinion, though the chocolate definitely adds a nice touch. Definitely a tad time consuming, but I had fun making different shapes. The...

Let me tell you--- INCREDIBLE shortbread cookies! The kids and I had a blast decorating them up with white and dark chocolate, colored sugars, and 4 different kinds of nuts, to include in our It...