Salted Butterscotch Shortbread

Christmas cookie baking is one of my favourite things to do during the holidays.  I love how reassuring it feels to pull out our favourite family recipes year after year, try a few new ones and especially, enjoy the time together baking and (of course) eating all the yummy treats! This Salted Butterscotch Shortbread is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty: the perfect holiday combo! This is my Aunt’s recipe that I switched up slightly by adding the butterscotch chips and a sprinkle of sea salt. I’m joining some friends who are also sharing their favourite Christmas cookie recipes today too, so be sure to check them all out at the end of the post.

Salted Butterscotch Shortbread

Salted Butterscotch Shortbread

Salted Butterscotch Shortbread

This Salted Butterscotch Shortbread is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty: the perfect holiday combo!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 18 cookies


  • Stand Mixer


  • 1 cup butter unsalted
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp sea salt


  • Beat butter and icing sugar in stand mixer.
  • Add vanilla and beat until creamy.
  • In separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  • Add half of flour mixture to butter and sugar mixture and beat until combined.
  • Stir in butterscotch chips and the rest of flour mixture with a wooden spoon.
  • Roll into 1-inch balls and lightly press down with a floured glass.
  • Sprinkle very lightly or to taste with sea salt.
  • Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes.
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Salted Butterscotch Shortbread

Tip: Line the outer rim of a cake stand or plate with Christmas greenery and top with Salted Butterscotch Shortbread for an extra festive look.  These are delicious with an egg nog latte and are perfect for gift giving or a holiday cookie exchange. In case you missed it, my Ginger Pear Prosecco Sparkler was on the blog yesterday with 11 other festive holiday drinks.

Happy Baking!

 Now I hope you’ll check out the other amazing cookie recipes below:

14 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Classic Sugar Cookies For Christmas // My 100 Year Old Home

Christmas Cookie Hack // My Sweet Savannah

Mexican Christmas Cookies // Just Destiny

Salted Butterscotch Shortbread // Life Is Better At Home

Stained Glass Sugar Cookies // Paint Me Pink

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies // Maison de Cinq

The Yummiest Oreo Cookies and Cream Cookies // Twelve On Main

Hanging Mug Topper Cookies // Happy Happy Nester

Italian Christmas Cookies // Inspiration For Moms

Anzac Biscuit Cookies // Finding Lovely

How to Make Easy, Mild Gingerbread Cookies (no molasses!) // The DIY Mommy

The Best Ginger Molasses Cookies // Modern Glam

The Best Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies // The Happy Housie

Orange Glazed Sugar Cookies // Sincerely, Marie


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