Sunday, December 14, 2014
White Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread - SRC Cookie Carnival
Ooohh, Christmas is getting closer and that means it's time for Christmas cookies, lots of them! Every year, I give away dozens of them to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Naturally, I also keep back some of them for my family too. So, I am always on the lookout for new recipes to make and add to my list of faves. That's why, when Sarah from the Secret Recipe Club came up with the idea for this Cookie Carnival, I eagerly joined in! What is the "Cookie Carnival" you ask? Well, the members of the Secret Recipe Club once again received another person's blog to peruse and pick a recipe from it to make. But, the catch is that it has to be a cookie recipe. Then, today, we all get to show off the newest addition to our Christmas cookie platters.
I was assigned the blog, Dessert Before Dinner. With a title like that, I think I've found a kindred spirit in Stephy. And if you go check out her blog, you'll see that she has no shortage of dessert recipes. The girl means business! She has everything from the classics, like Lemon Meringue Pie and Watermelon Sorbet, to more exotic recipes like Yuzu Wasabi White Chocolate Macarons and Grapefruit Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting. From perusing through her blog, I came to see that she's a person who is bold, daring, and inventive. She's knows what she likes, but she's also not afraid to try new things and see where her foodie ideas will take her. You go girl!
This time, I opted for one of her classic recipes, Tartine Bakery Shortbread Cookies. And oh boy were they ever good. These shortbread cookies are thick, super buttery, and just sweet enough. One bite, and they absolutely melt in your mouth. You'll find yourself reaching for one after another until all you have left is crumbs. And believe me, you will devour the crumbs as well. I decided to be a little inventive too and dipped these into white chocolate, then sprinkled them with crushed peppermint candy for a festive, Christmas-y touch. Simply delightful! I will definitely put this recipe into my Christmas cookie collection to make every year from now on.
Thank you Stephy for the fantastic recipe!
Tartine Bakery Shortbread (slightly adapted from Dessert Before Dinner)
1 c. + 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp. salt (I increased this to 1/2 tsp.)
1 3/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. flour
1/3 c. sugar + more for sprinkling
Cream butter and sugar together. Mix in the flour and salt until well combined. Press the dough evenly into an 8x8 pan and sprinkle with more sugar. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes until golden. Slice while still warm. Remove from pan once cookies are completely cooled.
If desired, dip the cookies into melted vanilla candy coating and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Let sit until the coating sets.