The Best Shortbread Sugar Cookies For Canada Day!

Canada Day Cookies
Canada Day Cookies

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation! As an immigrant to Canada, I cannot be more grateful that I live here. I’m more proud every year and I love celebrating everything about Canada. When I first moved here, I kept asking people how Canada was different from the United States, where I had lived prior to moving. It was a lot of fun to hear what each person thought was the major difference. After living here for more than 25 years, I can tell you what is different, but that would be the subject of another post! Let’s just say that our cities consistently rank as the top livable cities in the world and that, along with Canada’s diversity, is one of the reasons I love living here.

This year we’ve seen lots of fun activities going on around the country in celebration of Canada’s 150th, also called Canada 150 by the Government of Canada.

For my small part, I made these Shortbread Sugar Cookies and decorated them with red and white icing and the word ‘eh’, which is very Canadian! You can read more about the word ‘eh’ here. The word is basically used as an engaging word when you’re speaking with someone. I love these cookies because they’re more butter-y than plain sugar cookies and they’re not as rich as pure shortbread.

Canada Day Cookies
Canada Day Cookies

If you’re Canadian, I wish you a very Happy Canada Day, and remember that there are celebrations going on all year in our great country. If you’re not Canadian, perhaps you’ll be inspired to try making a version of these cookies to celebrate your country’s independence day!

Here’s the recipe.

Shortbread Sugar Cookies
Ingredients for Dough:
2 c. butter, room temperature
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 T vanilla
4 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder

Ingredients for icing:
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp vanilla

Beat the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix. Slowly add the flour and baking powder until incorporated. Cover with plastic and chill 30 minutes. Roll dough and cut into desired shapes, about 1/4 inch thick. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees, on parchment lined sheets.

For the icing, start with 2-3 T milk, then add more as needed. You can outline and flood the cookies or use a knife to spread the icing on the cookies. The icing will appear glossy. You can use store-bought icing to pipe the edges or add words. Leave the cookies out to dry overnight. Stack between wax paper.

Canada Day Cookies
Canada Day Cookies
Canada Day Cookies
Canada Day Cookies

What do you make to celebrate your country’s independence day? Enjoy!

(Maple leaf cookie cutter from Wilton which can be found at Amazon.ca; red color for main icing from Club House; white and red Cake Mate icing for detailing)

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