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Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Recipe yields about 20 to 22 cookies.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert or Snack
Servings: 20
Author: Hip Foodie Mom

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • cups White Lily all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • almond milk for brushing onto the cookies

For the topping:

  • 6 to 8 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • crushed peppermint candy
  • festive holiday sprinkles

Instructions

For the cookies:

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the cinnamon and set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater (or paddle) attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until well combined. Add in the vanilla and the egg and mix together until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until the dough comes together. Remove the cookie dough from the mixer.
  • On a clean, flat surface, divide the dough in half and shape into logs. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350° F. Unwrap the cookie dough and slice. Place the cookie dough slices on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and lightly brush the cookies with almond milk and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or just until the edges turn golden brown.

For the topping:

  • While the cookies are cooling, microwave the chopped chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring after each 30-second increment, until melted. Alternatively, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and the heavy cream until a smooth glaze has formed.
  • Dip half of each cooled cookie into the chocolate or the glaze and transfer back to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Decorate with the crushed peppermint or the sprinkles. Let sit for about 10 minutes and enjoy!