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Hard to believe that it’s the 8th week in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies Blog Hop! If I don’t get my act in gear with non-blog stuff I’ll really be feeling the crunch of the holidays. Hoping the rest of the week proves to be a bit more productive for me!
Now on to this week’s cookie selection: Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread. Each year I love to sit with the kids and all my holiday cookbooks as we browse through the ones that look yummiest to us. Of course we won’t be able to make all of them but it helps me narrow down our selection. This year my son took one of the books and put sticky notes on the recipes that looked good to him. Nearly half the book had sticky notes!
I love traditional shortbread so was anxious to try out the chocolate version. My son did most of the measuring and mixing and I finished up the process as it was getting late. These were SO easy! And the chocolate taste is subtle as there is not much sugar in these either. I think these will look so pretty on a holiday cookie tray. So off to the freezer they go (after a bit of sampling of course!
I hope you enjoy them too!
This recipe is originally from Betty Crocker
CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT SHORTBREAD
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, melted, cooled
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
Glaze and Topping
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons chopped miniature peppermint candy canes
1 Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 2 (9-inch) glass pie plates with cooking spray.
2 In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, chocolate and peppermint extract with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, beat in flour and 1/3 cup cocoa. Divide dough in half. With lightly floured hands, press dough evenly in pie plates.
3 Bake 22 to 24 minutes or until edges just begin to pull away from sides of pie plates. Cool in pie plates 5 minutes. Carefully cut each round into 16 wedges. Cool completely in pie plates on cooling rack, about 30 minutes.
4 In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa and enough of the milk until glaze is smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle glaze over wedges; sprinkle with candies.
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