04 February 2009

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

This recipe originally came from Baked from the Heart. It called for peppermint extract, but I have never used that. This is a versatile recipe that lends itself to a number of uses. A couple of ways I've used it for holidays includes snowflakes in the winter and the bases of witch hat cakes for Halloween.

These are also great for our upcoming spring holidays. A foodie friend of mine likes to cut them out with a heart shaped cookie cutter and make a sandwich cookie with raspberry marshmallow filling for Valentine's Day. Or use a shamrock cookie cutter for St. Patrick's Day and fill the sandwich with green tinted marshmallow mint filling. The possibilities are endless. I find this is an easy dough with which to work.

Decorated chocolate snowflakes

Chocolate cakes being attached to chocolate shortbread brims for witch hats.

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
3 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla

Line two baking sheets with parchment or Silpats. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, cream cheese, chocolate, and vanilla. On low speed, gradually beat in dry ingredients until well combined (dough will be fairly sticky). Divide dough into 4 pieces, flatten into discs, wrap tightly, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Or can freeze 6-8 weeks sealed in a Ziploc bag.

Heat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured board, roll a disk of dough, adding flour as necessary, to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters, dipping into flour between each cut. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and freeze for 5 minutes. Bake until edges are very lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool completely.

Makes approximately 36 3-inch cookies.

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Susan said...

I just followed the link you left on Angie's Chocolate Candy Mall site and wow do you have a wonderful Blog! Thank you for sharing your chocolate groundhog cakes. These chocolate shortbreads look yummy too and I see some other recipes I already want to try!

Nice to 'meet' you, Becky :)

Becky said...

Hi Susan. It's nice to meet you too. And I'm so glad you like my blog. I'll spend some time today reading yours. The little groundhogs always bring such joy and awe to the children. I have loved making them. And I think you'll enjoy the chocolate shortbread, too. It's so versatile.

I love cooking and so here is where I post lots of recipes and photos. Hope you will enjoy any that you try. And thanks for stopping by to visit!