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How To Make Old Fashioned Whipped Shortbread


We’re all in a time crunch this week. Time is ticking away, our to-do lists are out and we are desperately trying to check off something. Anything. Just one thing off that list before the next day rolls around.

If you’re not, then I don’t like you very much and you can stop reading this right now.


Ouch, that’s not very Christmas spirity of me. Let’s try again.

If you’re not trying to run around and get stuff done this week before Christmas I uh.. admire your preparedness. Your determination. Your ability to lie so easily to yourself and I’m gonna laugh at you Christmas Eve when you realize you forgot stuff  organizational skills that are far better than mine.

I thought this week I would throw a few recipes your way that are already on my site- or maybe not- to give you some easy last minute ideas.

Whipped shortbread is just the ticket!

Three ingredients.

Whip them.

Dry them in the oven.


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How To Make Old Fashioned Whipped Shortbread
Prep Time
4 hrs 19 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 19 mins
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1/2 cup of butter 1/2 cup of margarine or all butter 1/2 cup of icing sugar1 1/2 cups of flour
  1. Whip the margarine, butter and icing sugar together well. You can use all butter for sure, don't get me wrong, and then it is a shortbread for the purist. I like it half and half.Once it looks all deliciously creamy, resist from eating it by the spoonful, and get your flour ready.Start the beaters, and slowly add in the flour, until it has all been added in.Then you can proceed to let your mixer do all the work for you and whip it for about 5-6 minutes. You are wanting lighter than air shortbread here.Drop by rounded teaspoon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and add whatever you want on top.I usually just go for a piece of cherry, but sprinkles are excellent as well.The batter is perfect for cookie presses as well, I have had fantastic luck using this recipe. Just whip it about half the time to give them more density to hold the shape, otherwise they just break off in little air puff pieces.Bake them in a 250 degree oven for about half an hour, you want to dry out shortbread in essence, not bake it, thus the low temperature.

You can do all butter or cut it with margarine, the choice is up to you. Purists say all butter, I’ve made it with both and it’s up to you to pick your poison.

Happy Panicking!


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    December 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I’m trying to make these right now and my dough is just power…what am I doing wrong?

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    December 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

    These are PERFECT melt-in-your mouth shortbreads! I used all butter. Question: can they be frozen?

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    December 2, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I need help, im going to a cookie party this weekend, and need to make everyone a dozen cookies, so i need 11 dozen… can someone please help me adjust the recipe? 🙂

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    December 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Love this recipe….I used all butter and they are perfect. Once whipped I put the dough in a ziplock freezer bag, cut the corner of the bag and piped them onto the cookie sheets this allows for perfect little gems.

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    Kristy Young
    December 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Baking this…..right now

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    Lorilee Scott
    December 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Seriously easy and delicious.

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    Laura Scola
    December 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Great, I can bake but sugar cookies are always a challenge for me..:))

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    December 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    It doesn’t get easier than this!

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    Ginny Felton
    December 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm


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    Laura Scola
    December 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I hope its simple.. lol!

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    December 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for the recipe!  I used all butter, since I don’t buy margarine.  However, my cookies didn’t turn out so well.  They kind of melted flat on the cookie sheet.  :(  BUT, they still tasted good!


    I’m not sure what went wrong.  The only thing I can determine is that I have to use a mixture of butter and margarine. :/  Happy Holidays!

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    December 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Fabulous, amazingly easy recipe. LOVED it! And am amazed I was able to restrain myself from eating all of the delish batter raw!

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    Allison Flaig
    December 21, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I made these cookies looking for a melt in your mouth shortbread. Success! Thank you! These are fabulous. The only problem is, now I have to make my ” secret recipe” for everyone!

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      December 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      You’re welcome! I seriously can’t believe how many people don’t know of this recipe, it must be a Canadian Prairie classic, just like buttertarts are! Now you’re a food goddess wih your secret recipe 😉

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