Light, buttery shortbread cookies! Cut them into Christmas shapes and decorate with colored sugar and maraschino cherries.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Cream together the butter, sugar, salt, nutmeg and egg yolk. Add the flour a little at a time until mixture is stiff.

  • Place onto floured board and knead lightly until the dough begins to crack. Roll out 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes.

  • Place on un-greased cookie sheet, decorate with colored sugar crystals and maraschino cherries.

  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; protein 2.6g 5% DV; carbohydrates 33.1g 11% DV; fat 16g 25% DV; cholesterol 57.7mg 19% DV; sodium 207.3mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2007
I really surprised by the reviews these cookies have had since last year. These are not meant to be cutout cookies. I make these as little balls pressed down with a cherry in the middle and they're my favorite Christmas cookie! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/11/2003
These cookies were awful!! Tasted like flour!! And they were not at all easy!! Made the first batch..tasted them...and threw everything away!! Such a disappointment! Read More
(19)
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2007
I really surprised by the reviews these cookies have had since last year. These are not meant to be cutout cookies. I make these as little balls pressed down with a cherry in the middle and they're my favorite Christmas cookie! Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2003
Everyone has their own opinion, I suppose, but me and my family found that the cookies were delicious! My trick? I took a cup of chocolate chips and a tablespoon of vegetable shortening, microwaved it all for 30 seconds, stirred and again for 30 seconds. I dipped half of each cookie in the chocolate and set the cookies on waxed paper, decorated them with sprinkles and set them in the fridge for 20-25 minutes. YUM! Wonderful! Very easy recipe to follow, dough was easy to work with and baked beautifully! Read More
(25)
Rating: 1 stars
12/11/2003
These cookies were awful!! Tasted like flour!! And they were not at all easy!! Made the first batch..tasted them...and threw everything away!! Such a disappointment! Read More
(19)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2007
These cookies were fabulous! They were soft and extremely delicious. I gave them out to a bunch of my friends and they all said they were probably the best cookies that they had ever had! I dipped them in melted chocolate chips but they would have been just as good without the chocolate chips. I highly suggest this recipe for any shortbread cookie lovers! Read More
(13)
Rating: 2 stars
12/15/2006
These cookies were very floury not buttery like shortbread should be. And they were so soft and crumbly that the shapes broke on the plate. I'll stick with my favourite brown sugar shortbread recipe from now on. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2006
I have relatively no baking experience but I made these for Mother's Day and they turned out great! The cookies tasted good plain but I tried putting on both maraschino cherries and melted chocolate chips which were both tasty. This recipe is a keeper for me! Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
whipped shortbread light melt-in-your-mouth kind of wonderful! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2004
I chose not to use the cherries but rather dip half of each cookie in chocolate and let them cool on wax paper. They look professionally made and taste home baked! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2002
This was an easy shortbread recipe to make however the cookies tasted a bit flourey and bland. Seems to need something... Read More
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