Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate Icing

Rose Shaped Shortbread Cookies

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These shortbread cookies are melt in your mouth delicious, I promise you’ll never want to make another shortbread cookie again! They are topped with white chocolate buttercream icing and pipped into sweet little roses. This recipe makes a lot of cookies perfect for a party or to freeze for later.


Units Scale


  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup instant sugar (also known as fruit sugar)

White chocolate butter cream icing

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups icing (powdered) sugar
  • 1.5 oz white chocolate, melted
  • 1 Tablespoons whipping cream (can substitute for full milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 drops red food colouring


  1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream butter and instant sugar together until light and fluffy. Add flour one cup at a time until well incorporated.
  3. Separate dough into 3 sections; flatten into discs, wrap in plastic and chill for 20 – 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 300˚F.
  5. Meanwhile make your icing.
  6. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, mix all ingredients together until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  7. On a prepared surface, roll out dough 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch thick (the thicker the better).
  8. Using a fluted or round cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place 1- 2 inch apart on your prepared cookie sheet (don’t overcrowd or they will have a hard time baking).
  9. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the bottoms start to turn lightly brown, remove from cookie sheet and cool on a cooling rack.
  10. Once the cookies are completely cooled, pipe icing in rose shapes (see video above to learn how).


Let cookies sit out for 6 to 12 hours before packing into a container. The tops need to firm up before handling.

Store in an air tight container. They also freeze very well!
You can easily half the recipe too.


Keywords: Shortbread, Cookies, Dessert

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