Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 17 mins

These are tiny, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies that my daughter and I make every Christmas, and sometimes on Valentines day with red cherries and a heart shaped cookie cutter. As far as I can tell they are no-fail. I originally found the recipe on the back of a cornstarch box, but we make them differently than the instructions with a different yield.


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Sift the corn starch, icing sugar and flour.
  3. Blend in the butter until dough is completely smooth (I usually just use my hands to do this).
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4" thick.
  5. Cut cookies using a 1" round or heart shaped cookie cutter (these cookies turn out much better small).
  6. Reform the leftover pieces of cookie dough to roll and make more cookies.
  7. Place cookies on a shiny cookie pan (preferably one of the insulated types).
  8. Top cookies with either 1/4 or 1/2 of a cherry (these are tiny cookies and depending on cherry size do just fine with 1/4 of a cherry) OR a chocolate chip.
  9. Bake at 300 degrees F for 17-18 minutes.
  10. These cookies do not turn noticibly brown.
Most Helpful

A simple, easy recipe! I made these months ago for a lunch with friends during the Christmas holidays and forgot to review. The cookies are not too sweet and have a bit of a crunch (at least mine did!!) Baking time was right for my oven. I skipped the cherries and put a dab of frosting on top of the cookies. Yummy!

Elly in Canada February 27, 2010

excellent! i followed the recipe exactly, then rolled into 40 mini balls, flattened a bit with my finger to form a well, baked for 15 mins, then while hot i added a teaspoon on lemon filling to the top. delicious! my boyfriend thought they were amazing and when i took them to the neighbors football party, they disppeared really fast! definitely a keeper!

mollilicious! September 13, 2009

this is one of my favourite quick shortbreads from the St. Lawrence Cornstarach box, made these for St. Patricks Day for the grandkids, with green shamrocks scattered over the tops.

andypandy March 14, 2008