Whipped Shortbread

Whipped Shortbread ~ Super simple with a meltaway texture!

This Whipped Shortbread is amazing! It’s super simple, only a few ingredients and has a delicious meltaway texture!

I happen to be shortbread obsessed. What’s not to love really?

Don’t get me wrong, I love an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie too…but there’s just something about a buttery shortbread cookie that gets me every time.


I have made shortbread before like this and this and this. AND I’ve made a ton of things with a shortbread crust…like these and these and these. So to say that it’s seen it’s day in the sun is an understatement.

But I just can’t quit it.

And when I came across this recipe for WHIPPED Shortbread in my favorite (of the moment) cookbook Baked Occasions, I knew it had to be in my life, like yesterday.

Whipped Shortbread topped with mini chocolate chips!!

I decided I wanted to top some of the cookies with mini chocolate chips, just to switch it up a little. I like the idea of the chips whole on top, instead of melting the chocolate and spreading it on for these. Honestly for no other reason but I thought it looked cute πŸ™‚

The recipe is SUPER simple…and it’s only 4 ingredients. Just whip the butter for a good 3 minutes. It helps give these the lighter texture…hence the name WHIPPED Shortbread.


And like I said, I topped some of them with the chips, so I flattened about half of my dough.


I let the cookies bake for about 10 minutes and then removed them from the oven and topped them with about a half teaspoon of mini chips. I didn’t want them to melt all the way, but I wanted them to stick…


But I left the other half puffy and nekkid.

Whipped Shortbread ~ Super simple with a meltaway texture!

The texture is velvety and smooth and loaded with buttery goodness!

Whipped Shortbread topped with mini chocolate chips!!

You could even top these cookies with nuts or even jam. Don’t try toffee bits, though. I tried them and they end up getting a little hard when they bake, and the 2 textures don’t really work together. Just a tip!


Whipped Shortbread

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  • Yield: 30 cookies


  • 2 cups butter, room temperature (I used salted)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325Β°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment best butter for 3 minutes on high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically. When thoroughly whipped, turn mixer to low and add in add in powdered sugar, salt and flour slowly. Once incorporated turn mixer to medium and beat for 20 seconds.
  4. Using a 2 tablespoon sized cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. I like tall puffy cookies, but if you prefer flatter ones, press them down slightly.
  5. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes until edges are slightly golden.
  6. Allow to cool on wire rack.


I topped some of my cookies with chocolate chips. I pressed the dough down with the back of a spoon prior to baking and baked the cookies for 10 minutes, removed from oven, sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and placed back in the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes, until edges were golden.
You can do the same with nuts, or even jam.
Recipe lightly adapted from Baked Occasions

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OH.MY. I would be more than happy to take some of these off your hands!


Hi dere
Its mentioned 3cups flour
Is dis self raising flour?

Just made your snicker doodles and they easy and like heaven!! My neighbors love it and you when I try a new cookie reciepe!! They were delicious, I have eaten enough for tonight. But have to try your whipped shortbread! Maybe tomorrow!! I love shortbread cookies!! I make a short bread cookie, that melts in your mouth. I gave my kitchen to my son & his wife, so all I have is my hand mixer. Can I use it to whip butter? I used it for your snicker doodles today, love all your reciepe’s!!
Teresa c

What type of flour please?

Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

These are perfect looking shortbreads! I can’t wait to try them. Pinning!

Jenny Flake

These cookies look and sound amazing!…melt in your mouth goodness πŸ˜€

Emily @ Life on Food

OH I love that you topped them with chocolate. That fits me to a T. Of course my husband would be gobbling down the plain version.

Courtney @ bakemeproud

Love this shortbread recipe…I have made baked occasion’s before and they are fantastic. Love the mini chips idea too.

Amy Drewery

How many cookies does on batch make?

A. Bienek

I believe that ‘whipped’ and ‘shortbread’ has just become the most beautiful word combination EVER.


I’m making these tonight. ‘Cause it’s February. And I’m cold.

They’ll get me through!

Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture

You had me at “meltaway texture.” Yessssss. I’m so glad you added the note about not topping them with toffee bits, because that is my go-to and I probably would have tried it. Good to know! Chocolate on top it is πŸ™‚


Thank you. Today I will try it

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

oh my gosh, these look AWESOME! I absolutely love shortbread too!

Mona B.

These look delicious. Only thing I could think of to change them up a bit would be to add finely chopped pecans…..just sayin’.


Mmmmm these look like a good alternative to a regular chocolatey treat… and easy! I am thinking about halving the recipe and making some right now…


Wow, they look delicious! Will have to give the recipe a go!

Georgia http://www.lumublog.com


Isvtge temperature in degrees or Fahrenheit?

Joanne DeWald

why are these called whipped ? that’s what attracted me to the recipe but what is different than a regular shortbread recipe ? wondering.

Kim McM

Do you add the mini chocolate chips before or after baking?

Annie @ Annie

I can’t get enough shortbread either, but had never heard of whipped shortbread until these – they look absolutely amazing!! My life definitely needs these!


I made these last night and “oh my”………..Just Delish! And so easy to make! I did like you with half of them “dressed” with chocolate chips and half “naked”. I think next time I might try to dress some with Raspberry or Apricot preserves….


4 sticks of butter? It seems like a lot, but I’m ready to go for it! (Just want to make sure you mean 2 cups instead of 2 sticks….)


Most shortbread cookie recipe use a lot of butter


I make lots of different kinds of shortbread and love it. These are very light and tasty. However, I would use unsalted butter and CHILL the dough before baking. Mine turned out flat as little pancakes. Tasty little pancakes, but flat nonetheless.


I found them very salty using the salted butter. Amazed that no one else found them too salty. Making them with unsalted butter.

Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth

These cookies are what dreams are made of! What perfectly fluffy and light little clouds of goodness!


Just wondering if chilling the dough before baking is the answer to holding their shape? I followed the recipe to a T only to have them spread. Just not real pretty. Any advice for me?

Teree Settembrino

I use a small icecream scoop, once I had them on my Cookie sheet I put in fridge to cool.They did taste a little salty so I added Lemon Zest and white chocolate chips..awesome


There was a bakery that made cookies like this where I grew up And unfortunately they closed down…….these are better …soon sooooo much better. This is now my favorite recipe……thank you !


Shelly, I used a regular 1/2 sheet pan with a Silpat liner. Nothing unusual. Even the first batch spread so it was not that the sheet pan was warm already. Should I be using a different pan, perhaps?


When opting to fill some of them with jam, would you also recommend baking little cups first and the add the jam for a few more minutes? I cannot wait to make these. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚


My cookies went flat too and I chilled the dough:-(


May i know shelly that can i use shortening instead of butter?I have some unused shortening and don’t know what should I do with them?


I think I’m going to bake up a batch of these and serve with strawberries and whipped cream … yum!


I make these cookies all the time – I add holiday specific sprinkles or just leave them plain. I mix the butter and powdered sugar for a few minutes. After I add the flour, I mix (with my KitchenAid) it for a MINIMUM of TEN minutes…pipe the batter into a cutesy swirl…bake them on parchment paper…and they literally MELT in your mouth!! We call them “Angel Kiss Shortbreads” because they are SO delicate!


My cookies also came out flat.

Jack Souter

I liked the sound of this recipe, but the last time I tried to make something with ingredient’s measured in cup’s it did not work out correct. Do you have the same recipe but with measurements in grams? so I can make it correctly.


fareesa batool kazmi

Hi Shelly, I have hand beater can I use for whip butter?


Could you chill the dough and then roll out like sugar cookies and use a cookie cutter on it?


These cookies taste like flour. There is too much flour in this recipe and not enough other flavor. I even added vanilla and they just taste like flour.

Sarah C

agreed! The crumbs of mine that I did taste were very flour tasting.

Sarah C

Totally bummed, mine came out flat and wafer thin – so thin and flat that I couldn’t even get them off the pan to the wire rack because they just crumbled to bits. I too used a Silpat on a regular old 1/2 sheet pan. What a waste πŸ™


Hee! Thanks for your recipe, I would love making more of you’re briliant sweets, but the difference in accuracy between cups and grams makes it really hard to follow your style. Could you blog and test your recipe in grams too? If you’re blogging international why only use cups?


These were so addictive! Also the first shortbread recipe I’ve tried that actually tasted right! I did add a bit of vanilla extract because I think everything is better with vanilla in it. And I can’t decide if it’s my altitude (6000 ft) or my super super finicky oven but the 325 wasn’t the right temp.

After reviewing the comments, I thought I might try a different approach. I used costco all purpose gluten free flour, costco organic salted butter, added a teaspoon of vanilla, teaspoon of fine grain sea salt and a tablespoon of lemon zest. I also left them in about 15 extra minutes. I did not refrigerate the dough first. Results: Amazing. They did flatten slightly to look like a puffy sugar cookie. Leaving them in longer and letting them cool completely helped them not disintegrate. When you bite in to them they dissolve like sugar in your mouth. The refreshing hit of… Read more »

Try a pecan half on each cookie. Yum.

Eleen Ryan

Thank you for this recipe I’m trying not to use White or Wheat flour but Almond flour instead. I used 1 cup of butter whipped it with Maple syrup added 3 cups of almond flour and 1/4 -1/2 C of Coconut flour mixed it all together then dropped onto baking sheet. Baked at 325 for 15-18 minutes. OMG so good almond shortbread cookies. Grain Free Gluten Free


I’m imagining these with a dollop of lemon curd on top, and maybe just a hint of powdered sugar.


I made these, some with chocolate chips, some plain. My husband, the cookie snob, really liked them. I have always been a fan of shortbread but I have to say, these have just become my new favorite.I think I may try flavoring them next time though, just to try.


This sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try this. One question I use regular salt?

Brenda Johnson

Can’t wait to make these! Ism a shortbread addict! Do you think some almond flavoring would work? How about vanilla? Used cherry preserves in a thumbprint cookie and it was great!

Janet B

I wonder if the people whose cookies spread used a hand mixer. I would think the butter would need to mix longer and they didn’t do that. Just a thought try if their cookies failed. I’m going to try this after I thaw some butter.


I made this and used the ingredients and followed your instructions as listed. I was worried above the spreading issue the other reviewers mentioned but my batch turned out perfect. Shared it with friends and it was an instant hit. Thank you for sharing this recipe.