“Angel” Shortbread Cookies

This is the recipe I wrote about in the song “What Christmas Means To Me”  from my jazz Christmas CD called “The Greatest Gift”. Go to my store now. The lyric in the first verse is, “Making angel cookies from my best friend’s recipe. Listening to Nat King Cole sings Christmas songs to me.” Hear the song.

This Saturday, my friend Linda and I will be making these cookies in the shape of angels and other Christmas shapes, while listening to one of my favorite Nat King Cole CDs.

These cookies are light in texture but rich and delicate, similar to the English shortbread tea cookie. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


  “Angel” Shortbread Cookies

By Linda Forrest 

3/4 Cup soft butter (no substitutions)

1/4 Cup sugar

2 Cups all-purpose flour

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix butter and sugar with mixer till fluffy. Then mix in flour. If dough is too crumbly, mix in 1-2 Tbsp more soft butter. Use hands to form into a ball and remove from the mixing bowl.

Using a rolling pin, roll to 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Make sure to also flour the rolling pin to keep it from sticking to the dough. Use whatever shape cookie cutter you would like or cut in rectangles. Press the cookie cutter into the dough then remove each piece and place it on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 15-20 min until set but NOT brown. Remove immediately and cool on flat nonstick clean surface. I use wax paper.

Note: If making Christmas shapes, drizzle with a mixture of powdered sugar and milk. Put in zip lock bag and cut a small hole in the corner to release a fine stream of icing. Drizzle with one plain, one red and one green bag of icing. It makes a beautiful display of color for the holidays….as you see here below


  1. Patrizia Buda Lepore says

    Dear Leann, ever since I got this recipe, I make them every year for Christmas and as I make them I listen to YOUR Christmas CD. These cookies are really the best and we enjoy them so much. I wish I could make some with you and Linda one day – who knows? I really miss you guys a lot! You look great.
    Love you girl!

    • Hi Pat……so great to hear from you! Ahhhh……I’m glad you like the cookies too. Sure wish we could have a cappuccino and a shortbread cookie on your balcony this Christmas season. Missing you!!

  2. Dear Carl and Leanne

    May the abundance of our Lord fill you and your loved ones in every way this Christmas and yes, I still really love shortbread cookies. Thank you.



    • Thanks, David. I receive your blessing…while I have another bite of a shortbread cookie. LOL!
      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
      Blessings to you too.

  3. Cholesterol diet says

    I couldnt have said it any better to be honest! keep up the awesome work. You are very talented & I only wish I could write as good as you do 🙂 …

  4. We made some cookies today, They are so good. I love to do simple things, so, this was the best. Thanks for posting Leann.

    • Hi Shelvi….I am so glad you liked the cookies. They are a tradition at our house. I hope you had a very blessed and happy Christmas.
      Love you,

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