Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes: Gwen’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread

christmas-shortbreadAnother family recipe – this time from the Canadian side. Of all the Christmas cookie recipes on the planet, this one has to be the easiest. It comes to us courtesy of my mother-in-law. Gwen worked as primary breadwinner most of her adult life, and has always been proud of Not Being Domestic.

However, while I’d never dare dispute that claim, I have to point out that she is also the most hospitable woman on the planet, always ready to host guests, entertain or donate a batch of cookies or a casserole to church functions, those in need or family parties.

How do you combine the gift of hospitality with Not Being Domestic?  You create or find the easiest recipes on the planet - that’s how!

Gwen’s Easy Christmas Shortbread are as much a part of our traditional Christmas fare as barszcz and pierogies. This is what you nibble not only on Christmas Eve, but for days afterward (while you’re too full to really want much else).

These are especially good with coffee and a tangerine…


  • ½lb. butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown Sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour

emmy-2-cookiesCream butter till soft.  Add brown sugar in small quantities, cream well till smooth.  Beat in flour in small quantities, up to about 2 cups.  Turn out onto floured board, knead in remaining ½ cup flour.  Roll.  Cut shapes with cookie cutter.  Prick with fork.  Decorate with red and green glazed cherry halves, if desired.

Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes, till very lightly browned.

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