Homemade Stauffer’s Christmas Cookies: Copycat Recipe


Stauffer’s Christmas Cookies

Stauffer’s Christmas cookies can be purchased from the store, but even more delicious is our copycat recipe for shortbread cookies where you can make your own, amazing homemade cookies. This recipe only requires a few ingredients, and the finished recipe tastes amazing. 

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The Best Christmas Cookie Recipe For This Holiday Season

As this Christmas season quickly approaches, we have a new recipe for you to try, to make the best shortbread Christmas cookies. This recipe is easy to make and tastes wonderfully delicious. This tasty shortbread Christmas cookie recipe will help you get away from the normal sugar cookie recipe, and try something a little different. This recipe is also very similar to Stauffer’s Christmas cookies. 

Stauffer’s Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Like our copycat recipe, Stauffer’s holiday shortbread cookies are basic shortbread cookies that are sometimes topped with icing and sprinkles. Our copycat recipe, although not the same as Stauffer’s, is made using a similar recipe. Some of the benefits of making your own homemade cookies is that you get to have fun making memories, and you also get to prepare them however you wish. Meaning that if you enjoy icing, you can add as much as you wish. Or if you like to add sprinkles, you get to add your choice. 

My favorite with homemade shortbread cookies is that I get to make them to my desired thickness and cook them to my desired doneness. This way, I get to enjoy my cookies, while they are still a bit chewy, instead of totally crunchy. 

About this item

Shortbread Christmas cookies are made using only a few common pantry baking items. Once your dough is made, it is chilled then rolled out, and cut into your desired shapes. The shapes can be anything you wish, from using a cookie cutter to get your shapes, to cutting out little triangles, to get a mini-Christmas tree shape. If you want, you can add sprinkles right into your dough, or you can add them to the icing later. 

The most unique thing about shortbread cookies, is that they do not require any kind of leavening agent. Let’s look at the ingredients you will need to have on hand, to make these amazing cookies. 

Must-Have Ingredients For Christmas Cookies

Granulated sugar
Powdered sugar
All-purpose flour
Vanilla extract

The Best Shortbread Christmas Cookies

Making the best shortbread Christmas cookies is quite easy. The main difficulty in handling shortbread cookie dough is that it tends to be a very dry dough. This can be handled by working with small portions of your dough or adding a tiny bit of water to the dough. Otherwise, making them into delicious cookies is quite easy. Shortbread Christmas cookies are so simplistic, yet oh so good! 

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How To Make Christmas Tree Cookies

The process of making shortbread Christmas tree cookies is a simple one. You will want to start by mixing together your room temperature butter, with both sugars. Mix them until they are creamy in texture. Then add your remaining ingredients, and mix until the dough starts to come together. This might take longer than normal cookie dough because this dough is so dry. 

Once your dough begins to come together, roll it into a ball, and place it in an airtight container, or wrap it in plastic. Place the dough in the fridge to allow it to chill for thirty minutes. Once chilled, roll your dough out on a surface that is lightly covered in powdered sugar. Cut out your shapes. 

Place your shapes on your prepared cookie sheet. Bake for about ten minutes, until your dough is firmly set. Allow the cookies to cool before adding your glaze and sprinkles if desired. If you are adding glaze, your cookies will turn out the best if you allow the icing to dry before serving. Serve and enjoy. 


Baking Time: 10 minutes per batch
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Chill Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen



1 cup salted butter, soft
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup powdered sugar
½ cup cornstarch
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt


2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter melted
2 Tbsp milk (or until the desired thickness)
Food coloring (optional)


In a mixing bowl, cream your butter, and sugars. Once white and creamy in texture, add flour, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt. Mix until it starts to stick together. Roll the dough into balls and wrap in plastic. Chill for 30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Roll your dough out onto a lightly powdered sugar surface. Roll and cut into shapes. Place shapes on a greased cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are set. Allow to cool on a wire rack. 

Make your frosting by combining the above ingredients. Add enough milk so that your frosting can drizzle but is not too runny. Glaze your cookies and allow the icing to set before serving. Serve and enjoy! 

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Nutrition Facts

We estimate that this recipe will make around two dozen cookies. Given the total estimate, we estimate that one cookie contains 182 calories per cookie. We also estimate that each cookie contains 7.8g total fat, 20mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 27.1g carbohydrates, and 1.2g protein. 


Each of the ingredients in this recipe are suggested ingredients and may be substituted if needed. Also, if you have any allergy needs, please substitute accordingly. 

Allergen Info

This recipe contains wheat and dairy products. If you have any allergies to these ingredients, please substitute accordingly. If you have gluten allergies, you will want to be sure to use your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour in place of regular flour. However, since this cookie dough is so dry, you may also want to include additional butter if you are changing the flour. 

Tasty Christmas Cookies To Make

There are all kinds of Christmas cookies you can make throughout the holiday season. This recipe is a lot of fun and tastes amazing when you are done. Making this recipe allows you to do a fun activity that the whole family will enjoy. There are a few variations on this recipe that you might be interested in trying out. Below are a few more ideas for you to mix things up, just a bit. 

Stauffer’s Holiday Cookies Shortbread Iced

There are several different ways you can add icing to the above recipe. We have provided a very simple recipe, that tastes great. You could also try adding cream cheese frosting, or a basic buttercream frosting. All will add a nice sweet taste to your simple shortbread cookies. 

Stauffer’s White Fudge Shortbread Cookies for the Holidays

A common variation on the classic shortbread cookies are Stauffer’s white fudge shortbread cookies. These are cookies that have been dipped into white fudge instead of icing. To make your own version of this, you can simply combine 7oz sweetened condensed milk, 6 oz white chocolate chips, ½ tsp vanilla, and 1/8 tsp salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in thirty-second intervals stirring in between until chocolate is melted. Dip your cooled cookies into the mixture and allow to set until dry. Then it is time to enjoy your very own version of these copycat Stauffer’s white fudge shortbread cookies for the Christmas season. 

Christmas Red and Green Holiday Shortbread Cookies

A fun way to spice up your basic shortbread cookie dough is to divide it in half and add some red food coloring to half, and green to the other half. Then carefully roll the colored dough together to get marble-looking cookies in red and green. These cookies are perfect to help celebrate the Christmas season. 

Stauffer’s Star Cookies

Stauffer’s also sells some star Christmas cookies that are dipped in chocolate. You can easily make the above recipe, cut them out into star shapes, and dip them into a bowl of melted chocolate. To melt chocolate, take a bag of chocolate chips and pour them into a microwavable bowl, microwave for thirty seconds at a time, stirring in between, until your chocolate is completely melted. Dip your cookies into the melted chocolate and place them on wax paper to dry. Add sprinkles if desired. Enjoy! 

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The Best Stauffer’s Christmas Cookies

Homemade copycat Stauffer’s Christmas cookies are the best tasting cookies. They are made using basic baking ingredients and turn out to be the best buttery melt-in-your-mouth cookies you have had.  

Stauffer’s Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Copycat Stauffer’s Christmas shortbread cookies are a tasty holiday treat. They only require a few ingredients and are easy to make. Not only are they easy, but they also taste amazing! Don’t take my word for it, try making this recipe for yourself and see what you think!

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