Shortbread is one of the most popular types of cookies during the Christmas season. There are so many unique and delicious shortbread recipes to choose from, which is why this delectable treat scored a spot on our 12 Desserts of Christmas list.

Below you will find 12 tasty shortbread cookie recipes that will melt in the mouths of your friends and family members this year.

So, let’s get started!

12. Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies

These holiday-inspired shortbread cookies are perfect for the Christmas season but they’re so delicious you’ll want to make them all year round. The combination of raspberry and almond give the cookie a rich – but not overwhelmingly sweet – flavor.

[Source: CookingClassy]

11. Christmas Star Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

These festive star cookies are perfect for an office potluck or to send to school with your kids. They’re the perfect size (not to much but just enough) and you can decorate them in a variety of colors and styles to make each batch truly unique.

[Source: PersnicketyPlates]

10. Whipped Shortbread Cookies with Icing

These light and fluffy shortbread cookies with icing and sprinkles are perfect for Christmas entertaining and holiday parties. You can dress each one up different and use more festive colors if you want them to look really Christmasy.

[Source: HouseandHome]

9. Shortbread Bites

It’s everyone’s favorite cookie transformed into little bite size pieces of heaven. The great part about these little treats is that they prevent you from eating too much at one – protecting your waistline during the holiday season. These are also a perfect dessert to send with kids to school so they can share the deliciousness with their friends.

[Source: Delish]

8. Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

What’s better than a classic (and delicious) shortbread cookie? A classic (and delicious) shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate – that’s what! These bite size cookies have the perfect amount of sweetness. If you don’t like your cookies sweet, you can always opt for a white chocolate coating instead.

[Source: PrettySimplySweet]

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7. Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Cranberries have been a Christmas staple for many decades. In this recipe, mouth-watering pieces shortbread is perfectly complimented with festive flavors of cranberry and orange. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

[Source: MomOnTimeOut]

6. Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

A chocolate twist on a classic shortbread cookie recipe, this has been a favorite choice for cookie lovers all over the world. This recipe uses sweetener instead of sugar to cut the calories but feel free to use sugar instead – after all, if there’s a time of the year you can get away with indulging, it’s the Christmas holidays!

[Source: SimplySuzanne’s]

5. Cinnamon Chip Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are delicious enough on their own but the creamy texture of the icing (not to mention the sprinkles) make them one of the best shortbread cookie recipes we’ve come across. Using a Christmas tree cookie cutter instead of standard circle cookies really dresses up this dessert for the holiday season.

 

[Source: BarbaraBakes.com]

4. M&M Christmas Shortbread Cookies

M & M’s and Christmas together? What could possibly be more natural? M & M’s pretty much go with anything really – and  shortbread cookies are no exception. This recipe is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. Bet you can’t eat just one!

 

[Source: SomethingSwanky]

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3. Lemon Shortbread Cookies

These aren’t exactly the most festive cookies, but what they lack in appearance they make up in taste. This classic lemon shortbread cookie recipe can be dressed up just like any other Christmas cookie – with a few sprinkles or a bit of red or green icing. Plus, the lemon flavor makes them unique and delicious.

[Source: BakingWithBlondie]

2. Shortbread Secret Kiss Cookies

The only thing better than M&M’s and shortbread is  kisses and shortbread. This recipe is a wonderful adaptation of chocolate kiss cookies, this cookie has one delicious difference from the original: the chocolate kiss is hidden inside.

[Source: CakesCottage]

1. Toblerone Shortbread Cookies

The only thing better than caramel kisses and shortbread is Toblerone and shortbread. If you like Toblerone bars then you’ll love these delightful cookies. The best part? They’re incredibly easy and pretty much foolproof when it comes to baking them. For that reason, this is our must-bake shortbread cookie of the season! Enjoy!

[Source: MilkandHoneyCafe]

Angela Nightingale

If you want to know the best cupcake shop in any major city in America, just ask Angela. This girl knows her sweets, and she isn't shy about letting you know that your german chocolate cake needs more chocolate. If you want to find Angela on any given day, she's probably looking up reviews to decide where to grab lunch, or in her downtime, binge-watching the latest 'it-series' on Netflix.

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