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.   



  1. Great cookie choice~ Happy Holidays~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  2. Any thing dipped in candy canes is a winner!

  3. Perfect choice!! Love these!! Michaela SRC-B

  4. These look delicious! Nothing like an awesome shortbread!

  5. Lisa, your cookies look wonderful! I absolutely love shortbread but dipped in chocolate and candy cane? Heavenly! And they are so pretty. Awesome Christmas cookie!

  6. These sound great - love how creative you got with these. I had so much fun baking from your blog for the cookie exchange!

  7. They look delicious and perfect for a cookie tray. Happy Holidays!

  8. Oh those look dreamy! My son was just asking for shortbread cookies - we will have to give this fantastic recipe a try!

  9. Of course you made cookies today!!! I love these, Lisa. Nice job for the SRC Cookie Carnival.

  10. Thank you for the wonderful writeup. I'm glad you took such a great versatile recipe and made it your own with white chocolate and peppermint. These look fantastic.

    Great SRC post.

  11. the super thick shortbread. Really, it's the only way to have it! :)

  12. For whatever reason, this season I have been obsessed with anything peppermint, so I will have to make these, they look amazing!! Happy reveal day! :)

    -Julie @ Texan New Yorker

  13. I love shortbread! Dipped in chocolate and candy cane? Sign me up!!

  14. These look so delicious! Great combination....

  15. Can I just take a bite of my computer screen? Pinning!

  16. What a fantastic addition to the cookie platter Lisa! You've picked a winner. The shortbread looks fantastic.

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