miniature elf cookies

Elf Cookies

Elf Cookies are easy to make, miniature shortbread cookies that are bite sized and delicious. Elf on the Shelf cookies are a delicious treat to make your elf or for your elf to gift to well behaved children!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, christmas cookies, cookie, cookie exchange, cookies, easy recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 48
Author Julie Blanner


  • 1 c unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt (a pinch)


  1. Combine sugar, butter and vanilla.

  2. Add flour and salt and mix until combined.

  3. On floured plastic wrap, press into a disc shape (like a thick plate) wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  5. On floured parchment paper, roll dough to 1/4" thick.

  6. Use cookie cutters to cut elf cookies into shape and peel excess dough. Transfer parchment paper filled with cutouts on cookie sheet.

  7. Bake 8-9 minutes.