One week from today we’ll be celebrating the best, most magical holiday of the year and as much as I am excited, I just want time to slow down a little so I can savor the wonderfully cozy and cheeriness of the season a little bit longer.
For me, baking is therapy. Add to it the cheery Christmas music in the background, cozy glow of all the lights and candles around the house, and watching my girls play happily by the fireplace while I bake and this is pure heaven for me.
Shortbread is one of my favs. I love how versatile it is. You can add just about anything to make it your own, whether it’s orange and cranberry or lemon and lavender. This time of year I love to make chocolate and cranberry shortbread cookies. The little cranberries look so pretty, almost like rubies. I made White Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cookies last year, and I guess I’m just a creature of habit with this year’s Chocolate Cranberry Shortbreads.
shortbread recipe adapted from Tablespoon.com
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted to drizzle on cookies, optional
- Heat oven to 350° F. In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with spoon. Stir in flour. (If dough is crumbly, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened.) Gently fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips until incorporated.
- Roll dough into two small logs, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. When chilled, remove from fridge and cut into slices about 1/4 of an inch think ( or to your thickness preference!). Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart.
- Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until set and bottoms are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Optional- melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and drizzle on top of cookies. Let the chocolate set.
Enjoy and I hope you have the Merriest Christmas!