Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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Yesterday I made regular, tasty, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies. Today I bring you chocolate shortbread cookies!Just as delicious, still Christmasy and perfect for your holiday cookie exchange. Change it up with sprinkles and a drizzle of chocolate and make someone smile πŸ™‚

So go ahead and start those ovens! Another cookie is ready to be made…

Note: Recipe can easily be doubled if needed

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Sprinkles, chocolate, other decorations of your choice

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa. In another bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until soft and creamy. Slowly beat in flour mixture until dough is formed.

Place dough in plastic wrap and roll into a log. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using a sharp knife, cut log into 1/4 inch cookies and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool a bit on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cooled, dip in chocolate and decorate with sprinkles. Or decorate by melting white chocolate and drizzling that over top. Enjoy!

Store covered at room temp or in the fridge.

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

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Happy holidays everyone! Christmas sure did sneak up on us, didn’t it! It’s a week away! To kick off the baking season, I did these super simple, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies. They are so delicious and perfect for a cookie exchange because you can decorate them however you want with sprinkles or dip in chocolate and then they look like different cookies! So quick and easy to make, I hope you like these as much as I do!

So, go start your ovens, blast some Christmas music and let’s bake!

Note: You can easily double this recipe and store the dough in plastic wrap for later use. Also note that you should refrigerate the dough for a bit to make it more manageable so allow that extra time when you start baking.

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temp
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Sprinkles, chocolate or other decorations of your choice.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour and cornstarch. In another largeΒ  bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Slowly add in the flour mixture until dough is formed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Roll dough in hands by tablespoonfull and drop on prepared cookie sheet. Press with fork dipped in powdered sugar so it won’t stick. Add sprinkles if using. Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool a bit on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store covered in the fridge or at room temp. Enjoy!

Simple Shortbread Cookies

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I can’t believe I don’t have a shortbread recipe on this blog yet! I seriously thought I did because I’ve made these a few times and they are so good! These are so simple to make and a great cookie to be creative with! Get the kids involved! Make different shapes! Use different toppings!

I have another shortbread cookie recipe that I will post another time. They have a more “Christmas” flavor if you know what I mean. Also, with this recipe, feel free to substitute a tablespoon of milk for lemon juice for a more lemony flavor. Or orange zest! Oh man! Now I want to make these again…. But that’s what I love about simple recipes like this one. You can add whatever you want to make it your own and change it up.

For now, this is the recipe I used. Have fun!

What you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Different toppings or sprinkles. I used Wilton candy melts in chocolate (brown) and red.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, beat together sugar and butter until creamy and smooth. Add in vanilla and milk until just combined. Slowly beat in flour mixture until dough is formed. Separate dough into 2 equal rounds and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out one ball of dough and roll it out on a floured surface until just over an 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut out desired shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just browned on the edges. Continue until you use up all the dough. Allow to cool on a wire rack before decorating.

Enjoy!