Confetti Shortbread Cookies

Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life. 

Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life. 

Winter is long.  I love it in December but, by March, I’m wishing for warmer days.  And with this year’s brutal weather, it’s even more true.

So, to tide myself over, I decided to make some spring-inspired Confetti Shortbread Cookies.  With folk designs pressed in by an embossed wooden roller (cookie stamps would work too), it is a super easy way to make something cute. No artistic skill required! 

Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life.You simply make your cookie dough, chill, roll, cut with a cookie cutter where pattern looks good, chill again and bake.  You could even change up your jimmy color to match a holiday.  Red white & blue for July 4th

The biggest challenge was simply not over-browning the cookies.  Yup, I’m one of those people who’s been known to burn an occasional tray of cookies … Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life.

Confetti Shortbread Cookies Inspiration

The inspiration for my Confetti Shortbread Cookies came from the blog La Table de Nana.  She used a similar rolling pin to make some seriously cute chocolate cookies (which I still intend to try).  I’ve been eyeing up embossed rolling pins for a while and that was the final push I needed.

The chocolate cookies looked great, but after our seemingly endless days of gloom, I needed to make something brighter.  So, I started with the plain cookie recipe on the rolling pin package, modified it to amp up the flavor and added spring-toned jimmies for color.Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life.

Even my picky daughter was impressed with the Confetti Shortbread Cookies.  Like aww, yum, aww, yum…

And if you don’t want to invest in the roller, cookie stamps would be a less expensive option.

Use the right recipe.  To retain your design, you will need to use a recipe that is less moist and lower in leavening-- baking soda and extra butter are not your friends here.  Light, puffy cookies won’t keep the sharper edges you want here.How to Use an Embossed Roller

Now, the reason I had hesitated to buy the embossed roller was my fear that using it would be difficult.  In the end, however, it was easy.  Here are some tips that can help things go more smoothly. 

Buy a roller with a deep, sharp design.  When you bake your cookies, you will lose a little of the imprint sharpness, and you don’t want a design that will disappear on you. I paid a little more for a roller from Etsy that had come recommended after reading some Amazon reviews about rollers that didn’t work well because they were too shallow. 

Use the right recipe.  To retain your design, you will need to use a recipe that is less moist and lower in leavening– baking soda and extra butter are not your friends here.  Light, puffy cookies won’t keep the sharper edges you want.

Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life.

Start with a regular roller.  The design on the roller can get filled with cookie dough (see below for solution), so you want to roll the dough out to about ¼ inch first with a plain rolling pin.  The embossed rolling pin can do the final roll when you are ready to press in the design.

spray roller

Spray roller

Use a non-stick spray or brush with oil before use.  Again, to help keep the roller clean, as well as prevent sticking, oil or spray it before use, and re-spray as needed. Using an embossed roller

Confetti Shortbread Cookies

Follow chilling instructions and press hard when rolling.  A chilled dough will roll out better, so you will want to chill before rolling.  Then after you have cut out your cookies, chill again before baking to help retain the design.  The instructions called for refrigerating but (always impatient) I put the coolies on a plate that I set in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life.

Chill cookies before baking

Wash the roller using the sink sprayer, dry, oil.  My biggest fear was that the roller would be full of cookie dough that would be impossible to get out.  I quickly found that spraying with the sink sprayer at full pressure, knocked out the moist dough very quickly.  I then dried and re-oiled the roller before using again or putting away. Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life.

Confetti Shortbread Cookies
Serves 12
Made with an embossed roller and colored jimmies, Confetti Shortbread Cookies are an easy treat to bring some spring into your life.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr
180 calories
24 g
36 g
8 g
2 g
5 g
42 g
8 g
10 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
42g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 36mg
12%
Sodium 8mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 8 Tablespoons butter, softened (1 stick)
  2. 1 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 3/4 cup flour
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. ¼ cup colorful jimmies
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and powdered sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  2. Gradually add flour until well combined. Fold in jimmies by hand (a mixer will break them up too much).
  3. Knead dough a few times until it comes together. Chill in refrigerator at least ½ hour.
  4. Roll dough with a standard roller to about ¼ inch thick. When at correct thinness, roll with embossed roller to press in design (this will thin it a little more which is fine). Position a cookie cutter over nice areas of the design and cut out cookies. Chill cookies in freezer for about 10 minutes or refrigerator for about ½ hour.
  5. Bake at 400 F. Start checking for doneness at 7 minutes, then every minute thereafter until cookies are just starting to brown. Cool on wire rack.
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calories
180
fat
8g
protein
2g
carbs
24g
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19 thoughts on “Confetti Shortbread Cookies

  1. Juliana

    Oh Inger, these cookies are so cute…I love the colorful sprinkles…perfect for Easter…thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  2. Willow

    These are beautiful, Inger! I have a springerle rolling pin but it makes square designs. I love your pin and now I want one! Good point about the deep design, otherwise the design just bakes away. I use a stiff brush that looks like a large toothbrush for cleaning these implements. Works great on my grater, too.

    1. Inger Post author

      Thanks Willow. I’ll remember the stiff brush trick–I first tried a fondue fork and that was terrible! Now that I’ve had so much fun with this I may want some other designs–guess I better now eat that many cookies though 🙂 Here is the etsy shop mine came from https://www.etsy.com/shop/GOODYWOODYcompl if you are looking for some more inspiration 🙂

      1. Willow

        Yeah, they are difficult to clean. Water is fine on wooden rolling pins, but not any extended soaking. Swells the wood and also helps it harbor bacteria. Thanks for the link! I’m going to go check it out.

  3. David

    I absolutely love these, Inger! What a fabulous way to use my Polish rolling pin! I have pink red and white jimmies from Valentine’s Day – they will look lovely! Brava!

    1. Inger Post author

      I guess I shouldn’t be surprised you own a similar rolling pin David! Red, pink and white would be so pretty for Valentine’s Day! Or green for St Pat’s with a shamrock cutter?

  4. Hotly Spiced

    These are so cute. I love the colours and the patterns. I must get myself one of those rollers – mine is just the plain variety. It’s been so hot here we’ve been glad to move on to autumn although so far, the temperature hasn’t changed xx

    1. Inger Post author

      I seriously recommend the roller. And yes, I’ve heard there’s a lot of waiting for the weather to change all over!

  5. grace

    lovely, exquisite, beautiful! these are the best cookies i’ve seen in a long time and i’m very tempted to seek out a rolling pin like that right now!

    1. Inger Post author

      High praise from a fine baker like you Grace! I was pretty pleased with how well they came out with such a reasonable effort.

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