Brown Sugar Shortbread

These Brown Sugar Shortbread are a delicious Christmas cookie!  This is an ideal recipe for last minute cookie baking…bake half the batch now, and bake the other half later!
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Ok, who doesn’t love cookies?!  Especially Christmas cookies?
This time of year is delicious, isn’t it?
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So to kick off my Christmas cookie baking, I made these Brown Sugar Shortbread cookies.
I like this little cookie because they are easy to make, and they are yum yummy!
And the best part?
You can bake them when you want them…make a batch today, and make one tomorrow.
Or make a batch after everyone goes to bed…just sayin’
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Brown Sugar Shortbread {A Pretty Life}

Brown Sugar Shortbread
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped red & green glace cherries


  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar until it is very soft.
  2. Then add the flour, 1 cup at a time, and beat well each time.
  3. Chop the cherries in to small pieces, and add them to the batter. Mix well.
  4. You will find the dough quite dry, but don't worry it's supposed to be like that. Just mix the dough with your hands until if firms up into a ball.
  5. Once the dough is firm, roll it in wax paper to make a log 2" in diameter. Wrap tightly. You may even want to split the dough into 2 logs. One batch to bake now, and one to bake later!
  6. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  7. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Cut the log into 1/4" slices, and bake for ~10 minutes.

(adapted from the Best of Bridge)

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Brown Sugar Shortbread {A Pretty Life}
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  • If you don’t like glace cherries, you can omit them, or add chopped up cranberries instead.
  • You can bake these as you need them.  Just pull a log out of the fridge when you are ready, and make a tray for today.  Make a tray tomorrow.
  • I actually like this cookie better the next day, after it has rested.
  • These are really yummy with at little Bailey’s on ice.  Yeeum.

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  1. They look delish! The dough itself would make a great gift too :)

  2. @Laurie What a great idea!! Love it!

  3. So pretty! I’m having a lot of fun photographing food with my tree behind too!

  4. Ugh, I don’t love cookies! But only because I made some yesterday and OD’d on dough… It’s my own fault.

  5. These are really pretty and festive.

  6. This does look delish and festive!

  7. Oh my gosh… these look amazing!! Would love to try these out soon!

    I found you on TT&J and would love for you to come by and link this up and any other projects at my Create and Inspire Party.. I’m giving away a $25 Gift Card to Micheal’s if interested! 😉

    I’m now following and looking forward to your new posts!

    Angie from A Little Inspiration

  8. Love this recipe! So simple and it sounds decadent. Yum!

  9. that is just the best shortbread photo, with the cherries and the lights – love it! Oh, and the cookies look pretty darn good too.

  10. These look delicious and festive. I think the dough would be a great hostess gift to bring during the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration. Yum!

  11. Yummmmm!!! I can’t wait to try the recipe. TFS.

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  12. Oooo, I want these right now!

  13. Y-U-M!!

  14. Don’t forget to link up to win the Eureka Vacuum and Kindle Fire at “The Sits Girls!!” I am grateful to be a fellow crafter in Creating Christmas, just thought you might like a chance to win big for being oh so fabulous. :)

  15. These sound great, and that photo is just gorgeous!!!!

  16. I failed horribly at baking shortbread last year.. but your recipe makes me want to try again! so gorgeous!

  17. Totally pinning this! They look gorgeous and delicious.

    Hopping over from Tip Junkie
    Amanda Joy

  18. yum. and love the sparkly tree in the background :)

  19. Amazing those look so good love shortbread cookies.

  20. Hi Jo-Anna..stopping by again to say thanks for linking up at my create and inspire party!

    I’m featuring these yummy cookies later tonight!


  21. Last year I had a disastrous attempt at making sugar cookies. After that colossal failure, I scrambled for something to make in place of them and came across this recipe.
    Not only was it quick and easy, but they were so delicious!!! I used craisins instead of the cherries because that is what I had on hand. These are going to be a Christmas tradition for my family.
    Thank you, thank you!

  22. yum. these are almost too pretty to eat. they remind me of stained glass! I’d love for you to share them at my link party if you have a chance. Hope you are having a wonderful hoiliday!

  23. Did I miss the step where you add the brown sugar? I’m assuming it is with the butter. Unfortunately I assumed that AFTER I added the flour! :-s Oh well, they still tasted great!!!

  24. What kind of flour? All purpose or self rising?

  25. Hi! I’m making these cookies for Christmas! Do you use all-purpose flour? And is it 3/4 cup of EACH type of cherries or 3/4 cup total?



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