Butter/Shortbread Cookie Variations

This is like the Lvl 2 to my post about 3-Ingredient Butter Cookies or Shortbread Cookies. Obviously, these variations increase the number of ingredients, but who’s counting.

Try one, try all, be inspired to create your own! GO COOKIE CRAZY!!!!!! Okay.. Maybe not. Please be safe in the kitchen.


Because duh. Sprinkles.

  1. Add sprinkles!!!!!
  2. Bake as normal

Chocolate Chip Buttons

Just a little extra sweet and a lot of extra cute! You could also use M&Ms or make other patterns with the chips.

  1. Make slightly smaller round cookies
  2. Arrange four chocolate chips like the holes on a button
  3. Keep the baking time on the lower end of the recommended range

Apple Butter Thumbprints

You can probably use other types of “butters” instead of apple butter, but the time I tried these, they came out pretty awesome. If you haven’t tried apple butter, it’s kind of like more spreadable applesauce. YUM. (Thanks @rabbd for this one <3)

  1. Using the back of a spoon or your thumb, make a small impression in the center of the cookie. Be careful not to press all the way through!
  2. Fill the impression with apple butter (or whatever else you can think of)
  3. Bake as normal

Heath Bar Cookies

*Heart eyes smiley face*

  1. Pick up a bag of crushed Heath bar (usually found by the chocolate chips in the baking section of the grocery store)
  2. Top each cookie with about 1 tsp of the mix
  3. Spread it out and lightly press it in with the back of a spoon
  4. Bake as normal

Alternatively, mix the Heath bar pieces directly in the dough.
NOTE that the baking time will be reduced by a few minutes!! Keep a close eye on them. Heath bar pieces heat up faster and, thus, help cook the dough faster

Hershey Kiss Cookies

If you’re feeling adventurous, try experimenting with the non-traditional Kisses.

  1. Similar to the hand-pressed method (found on the original cookie recipe post), roll each bit of dough into a 1″ ball
  2. Use your hand or something flat and stiff to flatten the ball to be about twice the width of the bottom of the Hershey Kiss
  3. Press a Hershey Kiss into the center
  4. These will be a little narrower and a ltitle thicker so adjust the baking time accordingly. Keep an eye on them!
  5. The thickness supports and helps the Hershey Kiss stay in the cookie

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