Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies

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GUEST POST: Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies from Rachel Cooks

{Plus a G. H. Cretors Gourmet Popcorn Giveaway} Closed

Today is my due date. I’m just going to go ahead and throw that out there. So while you’re reading about these cookies, I might possibly be giving birth to our baby boy (but hopefully I already have). Appetizing, no? Katrina–I apologize in advance if I don’t promote these cookies on Facebook and Twitter. Anyyyyyyways. I’m so happy that Katrina is hosting I’ll Bring the Cookies again this year! I had so much fun doing this last year and am thrilled that she is making it an annual event. I wasn’t about to let some minor little detail like a due date get in my way of participating! I’ll just make Christmas cookies in October. We can always use a little holiday cheer, right?

Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies from Rachel Cooks #BringtheCOOKIES

The best part about these cookies is that you can make them in advance, throw the log of dough in the freezer and slice and bake them when you need them. Unexpected guests dropping by? Impress them with freshly baked cookies. I’ve used this trick a million times. Huge time (and stress!) saver.

Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies from Rachel Cooks #BringtheCOOKIES

Verdict: I love shortbread, so I could be biased, but I thought these were great. I love how festive they look…and of course, how easy they are to make.

Husband’s take: Being a traditional chocolate chip cookie guy, these weren’t his favorite. He complained that they were too salty. You can definitely pick up on the salt in these. I’m a big fan of the sweet-salty combo, but if you tend to shy away from salt, feel free to scale back on the salt a little. My two year old loved these cookies though! She hasn’t really met a cookie she doesn’t like. Guess she takes after her momma.

Changes I would make: None are necessary, but these cookies would be so fun to customize for any occasion. Throw in some pink sprinkles for Valentine’s Day, some blue sprinkles for a baby boy’s baby shower…you get the point!

Difficulty: So easy!

Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies from Rachel Cooks #BringtheCOOKIES

Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies Recipe


Prep Time:45 minutes

Cook Time:15 - 18 minutes

Total Time:75 minutes

Buttery shortbread cookies with festive sprinkles


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup red and green sprinkles (jimmies)
  • 1/3 cup red and green sugar for decorating


  1. In a stand mixer (paddle attachment), combine butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla and salt, blend until smooth. Add flour gradually and mix on low until just combined. Stir in jimmies using a spoon or your hands. Form dough into a 12- to 14-inch-long round log, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm: at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices. Roll edges in red and green sugar. Bake on parchment paper lined baking sheets for 15 to 18 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown around the edges. Cool for a few minutes on trays before removing cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


The best part about these cookies is that you can make them in advance, throw the log of dough in the freezer and slice and bake them when you need them.

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Isn’t Rachel the sweetest? She’s having a baby TODAY but she still brought cookies for all of us! If you know Rachel at all you will know that she has been a trooper through this pregnancy (she got sick daily…multiple times a a day in fact through the entire 9 months). One of the things that Rachel could tolerate to eat was popcorn so I thought it would be fun to include this gourmet popcorn giveaway. Read more below…

You can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her blog Rachel Cooks. Here are some of her delicious cookies to get you going in the right direction:

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Meringues 

Caramel Biscoff Blondies

G.H. Cretors sent me 5 delicious bags of gourmet popcorn and they asked if I wanted to share. Of course! Are you familiar with their famous Chicago Mix? It’s Old Fashioned Caramel Corn mixed up and tossed in with Aged Cheddar Cheese Corn…and don’t knock it until you try it…it’s addicting! I also love that G. H. Cretors is made with all-natural ingredients completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

One random winner will receive a G. H. Cretors Sampler Pack which includes:

  • 6.5oz bag of Chicago Mix
  • 6.5oz bag of Just the Cheese Corn
  • 7oz bag of Kettle Corn
  • 8oz bag of Just the Caramel Corn
  • 8oz bag of Caramel Nut Crunch

{closed} Please use the Rafflecopter entry form below. This giveaway is a sweepstakes. All entries must have a continental US mailing address and must be over 18. Sweepstakes will end 12/23/12 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner(s) will be chosen by random, announced here, and  will be contacted by email. Winner(s) must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize. Please add inkatrinaskitchen (at) yahoo (dot) com to your address book so my notification doesn’t end up in your spam folder! Disclosure: This giveaway is being provided by G. H. Cretors. I was given the Sampler Pack for review. All opinions are 100% my own; my family gobbled it right up. Good luck!

To enter: Leave a comment on this post and click the +1 on the Rafflecopter entry form that confirms you commented. You will be given the option to earn bonus entries.

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- Katrina

56 Responses to “Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies”

  1. #
    rachel — December 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    These look so good…thanks for the chance to win!

  2. #
    Rachel — December 19, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I wish I was having a baby today! But it will be soon! Thanks for including me again this year, Katrina! Make sure I win that popcorn!
    My recent post Holiday Funfetti Shortbread Cookies

  3. #
    abby — December 19, 2012 at 12:57 am

    what a great gift to share with friends!

  4. #
    Joy — December 19, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Yum! The Chicago mix is epic. It's the flavor I always eat first. So good!!!

  5. #
    Corey — December 19, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I love popcorn!

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    BakeYourDay — December 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I love these! Shortbread is my favorite and of course I love sprinkles!!

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    katy — December 19, 2012 at 1:33 am

    this would be perfect for my family to try we are popcorn lovers

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    Kimberlee — December 19, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Thanks for all the awesome cookie recipes. I just purchased a GIGANTIC bag of the Caramel/Cheese mix as Costco! Can't wait to bust it open this weekend! Merry Christmas!

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    @ShesCalledSarah — December 19, 2012 at 2:00 am

    omg. so delicious looking. and a popcorn givaway! yes! 😀

  10. #
    Christina C. — December 19, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I've never tried the Chicago Mix before. It sounds intriguing!
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    Monica — December 19, 2012 at 3:35 am

    The Chicago Mix is awesome…sometimes Costco carries it in LARGE bags! It would be fun to try the other flavor combinations. Thank you!

  12. #
    Nikki — December 19, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Looks so yummy!

  13. #
    Barb — December 19, 2012 at 4:04 am

    would love to try the Chicago mix!

  14. #
    sandy — December 19, 2012 at 6:24 am

    By varying the colors this cookie can be used for all occasions. I will mark this for my next baking session.

  15. #
    Michelle — December 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I think I need to make these cookies today!!

  16. #
    Rachel H — December 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I've never heard of their popcorn, but it sure sounds good.

  17. #
    Sarah W. — December 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Yummy cookies and popcorn, this is my kind of post!

  18. #
    Nichole Spencer — December 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    These cookies look amazing! Just need sprinkles and sugar to make some!

  19. #
    Michele — December 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    This is my new favorite treat. I love the salty/sweet combo.

  20. #
    Carol Ann Boardway — December 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I love popcorn!! Never tried this brand before, sounds great!

  21. #
    Emily — December 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Ooh, that caramel nut crunch sounds delicious!
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  22. #
    Freddie — December 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Yum! Gourmet popcorn!!!

  23. #
    Kelly — December 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm
  24. #
    Shelly — December 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I love caramel popcorn!

  25. #
    Shelby N. — December 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Mmm I love popcorn!

  26. #
    Tobi Drabczyk — December 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I love popcorn, my daughter and I have it everyday at 3:30 for our afternoon snack.

  27. #
    rachelewang — December 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I adore popcorn! I usually just air pop it but flavored kinds look so good.

  28. #
    Jacqui — December 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Those popcorns look delicious!!! I am a huge popcorn fanatic 🙂

  29. #
    Jenny L — December 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    mmmm gourmet popcorn!

  30. #
    Cathy @ Noble Pig — December 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    So festive and cute!! Happy holidays to you!!
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  31. #
    julie — December 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I would love to win these, I have been wanting to try their popcorn!!

  32. #
    thearmydoctorswife — December 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Wow those all sound delicious!

  33. #
    Averie — December 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I love Funfetti – and am digging the looks of these cookies!
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  34. #
    suzanne b — December 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Looks yummy! I Love popcorn

  35. #
    TheresaSea — December 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I love Chicago Mix popcorn! Such a tasty combination!

  36. #
    MJC — December 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    This sounds great!

  37. #
    Claire — December 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Ooh, this sounds sooooo good!

  38. #
    Cakewhiz — December 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Awesome giveaway katrina and great guest post…thsoe cookies loook scrumptious 🙂
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  39. #
    actorsdiet — December 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    their popcorn is the greatest.
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  40. #
    Natalie S — December 20, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I love this popcorn brand!

  41. #
    marydz — December 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

    That popcorn looks so good. Love the kettle corn and carmel corn.

  42. #
    Kim R — December 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

    GH Gourmet Popcorn?? Yes please! Very fun site with wonderful giveaways!! Thank you for everything!!

  43. #
    Tammy E — December 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Oooo yum. New follower over from Baked Bree.

  44. #
    susansmith — December 20, 2012 at 3:32 am

    It look so delicious.Love it very much.Perfect for the holidays!!!

  45. #
    Kathy — December 20, 2012 at 6:55 am

    This popcorn is the bomb!!! If I could afford the calories, I'd eat a whole bag in 1 sitting!!!

  46. #
    @LooseBumm2 — December 20, 2012 at 7:16 am

    I'm crazy about popcorn!

  47. #
    Jillian — December 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I am a sucker for gourmet popcorn, but never find it near me!

  48. #
    Kristin — December 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Those look delicious.

  49. #
    @mytigger6888 — December 21, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Popcorn looks sooo yummy! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  50. #
    Joey c. — December 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I love popcorn and I really love trying popcorn in all kinds of flavors. These would be great.

  51. #
    Michelle — December 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    That popcorn sounds good!

  52. #
    Beth C. — December 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you for another fabulous giveaway!

  53. #
    Elizabeth — December 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    This would be great to try 🙂

  54. #
    Cynthia L. — December 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

    They look yummy! Love caramel popcorn & cheese too! 🙂

  55. #
    Jennifer — December 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    How many cookies does this recipe yield? Have you ever doubled the batch? I need 4 dozen for a cookie exchange. Thank you! 🙂

  56. #
    Christina — November 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I’m gonna try these cookies and give them as Christmas Gifts.

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