1 ½ cups butter, room temperature (preferably salted)

¾ cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup cornstarch

Optional Flavorings and Toppings:

2 teaspoons pure vanilla, lemon, or orange extract

¼ cup sprinkles (your choice, non-pareils recommended)


In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar together for 3-4 minutes. This step is crucial for achieving light-textured cookies. Add your chosen flavorings here and blend well.

Sift in the flour and cornstarch, beating just until combined.

Roll the dough into 36 equal-sized balls and place them on a pre-lined baking tray or a floured plate to prevent sticking. Flatten the tops slightly with a fork dipped in a mixture of cornstarch and flour, then add sprinkles.

Chill the dough balls in the fridge for about 2 hours, or until they're firm to the touch. For a quicker process, you can firm them up in the freezer.

Preheat your oven to 300°F (about 150°C). Place up to 12 cookies on a tray for baking.

Bake the cookies for 19-20 minutes or until the tops are set.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray before serving.

These whipped shortbread cookies, with their melt-in-your-mouth texture and optional flavorings, are a delightful addition to your holiday festivities. Enjoy the process and the delicious results!