Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

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Shortbread-Cookie-Dipped-in-Chocolate-Recipe-2 FINALWhen it comes to the holidays in my house, this season would not feel complete without pulling batches of warm cookies and mini cheery cheesecakes out of the oven. As soon as the chilly weather sets in and the holiday décor fills the house, the baker inside of me jumps for joy. In my opinion, December is definitely the month for bakers. Leading up to this month, I love reading cookbooks filled with holiday recipes, creating festive treats and sharing the sweet temptations with family and friends.

One of my fondest memories of holiday baking was many years ago when my Mom and I spent an entire day in the kitchen baking up a storm. We basically baked from sunrise to sunset and continued on until the wee hours of the night preparing, baking and decorating one festive treat after another. By the time our baking extravaganza was complete, the kitchen table, both of the refrigerators and all of the countertops were piled high with platter after platter of holiday treats. That was one of my favorite moments spent in the kitchen with my Mom…and to think, she hates baking!

When it’s cold outside, there’s just something about the simple act of baking a sheet of cookies that warms the house and fills the air with such a wonderful aroma. Even though there’s only one day left until Christmas (can you believe that it’s tomorrow?!), this shortbread cookie recipe is a simple one to whip together in a matter of minutes. If you’re in a bind and need to fill the dessert table with one more holiday treat or if you’re just looking for a simple yet delicious cookie recipe, this is one that won’t disappoint. Simple and delicious…and perfect for the holidays!

Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6-7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together butter and sugar in a large bowl until just combined. Add the vanilla, flour and salt and mix on low speed until the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Dump onto a floured surfaced and shape into a flat circle. Wrap in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the refrigerator and roll the dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut with a cookie cutter.
  5. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. When cookies cool, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Dip half of each cookie into the melted chocolate and place on the baking sheet to allow the chocolate to dry (For tips on how to melt chocolate, be sure to stop by this helpful tutorial).

Many of us have holiday traditions when it comes to baking. What are some of your baking traditions? Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe?

*Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Jen Tilley has an insatiable appetite for all things related to baking and cooking. She is the author, photographer and recipe developer on How To: Simplify, a blog that shares tips, tricks and recipes to simplify life in the kitchen. She enjoys sharing recipes that require very few ingredients and only a small amount of prep and cook time, all of which make time spent in the kitchen simple and enjoyable. Find her online at How To: Simplify and @HowToSimplify.

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