Sally's Christmas Shortbread

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

My sister Sally is an excellent cook and this shortbread is one of my favorite things to bake during the holidays. It smells fantastic and tastes wonderful with a hot cup of coffee.


  1. Beat butter, brown sugar, orange zest, ginger and cloves until fluffy.
  2. Stir in baking soda and flour.
  3. Divide dough in half.
  4. Press into (2) 8" round ungreased baking pans.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree fahrenheit oven for 25 minutes or until the tops are dry and cracked, and the edges are slightly higher than the center.
  6. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes.
  7. Cut into wedges.
  8. Prick each wedge with the tines of a fork.
  9. Cool and dust with confectioner's sugar.
  10. Store tightly covered.


Most Helpful

WOWZERS!!! This is an unbelievably FANTASTIC recipe! This is a mix of some of my favorite things...shortbread (butter), orange, spice and gingerbread. It's slightly chewy and the smell and flavor are out of this world! I used a high quality dark brown molasses sugar and pricked the dough with the fork before baking. This is a KEEPER for sure. Thank you sooo much for this recipe! Made for 1-2-3 hit wonders.

Engrossed April 08, 2007

Delicious, simple, perfection. I made this as a birthday gift for a friend who loves gingersnaps, and she loved them.

Chef MB March 11, 2010

Just excellent! I did substitute allspice for the cloves but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. It was a big hit at our family Christmas gathering this year and DIL even asked for the recipe. It is so easy and so good - it's hard to stop nibbling!

Trishinomaha December 29, 2009

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