Shortbread Cookies 52 Ways


I have been making edible holiday gifts for the past couple of years. In my extended family, no one really needs or wants more “things”, so gifts from the kitchen are a great way to be able to give a little something that is always enjoyed, appreciated and never wasted! Kitchen gifts are also the perfect teacher/bus driver/neighbour/you-name-it gift.

Shortbread Cookies are especially good because everyone likes them, they can be made in a variety of flavours and they are a sturdy cookie, that keeps and travels well. You can give a half-dozen or a box of 2 or 3 flavours, as you like. I’ve included 10 easy and creative cookie gift wrapping ideas at the bottom, as well!


1. Basic Shortbread Cookies (Joy of Cooking)
2. Basic Shortbread Cookies (Martha Stewart)
3. Coconut Shortbread Cookies (Bon Apetit)
4. Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread Cookies (Lottie + Doof)
5. Lemon Poppy seed Shortbread Cookies (All Recipes)
6. Almond Poppy Seed Shortbread Cookies (Recipezaar)
7. Orange Poppy Seed Cookies (Simply Recipes)
8. Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies (Emeril Lagasse)
9. Pecan Shortbread Cookies (Joy of Baking)
10. Pecan Shortbread Cookies (Bon Apetit)
Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread

11. Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies (Kaboose)
12. Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies (Recipezaar)
13. Pecan Shortbread Cookies (Delish)
14. Cardamom Shortbread Cookies (Delish)
15. Salted Shortbread Cookies (Delish)
16. Browned-Butter Shortbread Cookies (Delish)
17. Nutmeg Shortbread Cookies (Delish)
18. Lemon Cranberry Shortbread Cookies (Delish)
19. Espresso Bean Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
20. Peppercorn Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
White Chocolate Apricot Shortbread

21. Candied Ginger Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
22. Almond Orange Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
23. Rosemary Walnut Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
24. Green Tea Shortbread Leaves (Martha Stewart)
25. Hazelnut Orange Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
26. Maple Pecan Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
27. Pistachio Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
28. Dried Cranberry Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
29. Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
30. Rosemary Shortbread (Gourmet)
Lavender Shortbread

31. Scarborough Fair Shortbread (Gourmet)
32. Rosemary Shortbread (Gourmet)
33. Pistachio Shortbread (Bon Apetit)
34. Orange Shortbread with Chocolate Chips (Bon Apetit)
35. Hazelnut Shortbread Sticks (Bon Apetit)
36. Italian Hazelnut Espresso Shortbread Cookies (Bon Apetit)
37. Gingered Shortbread (Epicurious)
38. Earl Grey Shortbread (Eat Me, Delicious)
39. Earl Grey Shortbread (Food Network)
40. Matcha Shortbread (Open Mouth Insert Cookie)
Sage and Apricot Shortbread

41. Lemon Earl Grey and Cranberry Shortbread Cookies (Sugar Bar)
42. Award Winning Green Tea Shortbread (Lovescool)
43. Lavender Shortbread (Milk and Cookies)
44. Cardamom Semolina Shortbread (Always Order Dessert)
45. Whole Wheat Shortbread (LA Weekly)
46. Prize Winning Shortbread (Tartlette)
47. Rum Raisin Shortbread (Martha Stewart)
48. White Chocolate Apricot Shortbread (La Fuji Mama)
49. Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread (Use Real Butter)
50. Chocolate Toffee Shortbread (Farmgirl Fare)
51. Sage and Apricot Shortbread (Cooking of Joy)
52. Asiago Rosemary Shortbread (House and Home)
53. (Bonus :) Whipped Shortbread with Varieties (Canadian Living)

8 Easy Cookie Gift Wrapping Ideas

1. Stack cookies, wrap in pretty holiday cellophane, tie with a bow and place in a coffee mug or teacup.
2. Fill a clean mason jar with stacked cookies and add a pretty bow or ribbon or cover lid with a holiday fabric secured with a ribbon.
3. Fill any pretty clear-glass container with a lid with cookies.
4. Pick up inexpensive holiday boxes (lots of them at Walmart!), line with tissue and place wrapped cookies inside.
5. Buy some paper lunch bags, line with colourful tissue, place wrapped cookies inside. Punch two holes about an inch from the top of the bag and weave a colourful ribbon through holes and tie in a bow at front.
6. Martha has a couple of ideas in this video
7. Visit your local craft store and see if you can find some craft Chinese take-out boxes. Fill with tissue and wrapped cookies.
8. Visit an antique or flea-market and find a pretty old serving bowl, wrap cookies in cellophane, place in bowl and wrap it all with a big, matching ribbon.
9. Pick up a couple of cookie cutters and tie onto cookie gift with ribbon.
10. Head on out to your local “dollar store” and look for unique containers, boxes or bowls to fill with cookies. The dollar store is also a great place to find inexpensive tissue and cellophane.


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  1. I love ’em too, Kim. I picked up a couple at the St. Lawrence Market this past weekend – poppy seed and pecan. They were soooooooo good. It reminded me that you can never go wrong with shortbread :)

  2. I love shortbread … my favourite!

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