~ Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate and Candy Cane ~
These Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate and Candy Cane are so easy to make, super buttery and rich, and the perfect accompaniment to Santa’s milk on Christmas eve. Plus, they freeze really well, so you can make ’em now and enjoy later. You have lots to do in preparation for Christmas and if you can cross one thing off your list, that’s one less thing you are gonna have to do later. Just a warning – you may just wanna go ahead and double the batch. Yes, they are that good.
Hi everyone! How was your weekend? Making any progress with the holiday preparations? This past weekend, I felt like a got a bunch of things accomplished. I even ventured to the mall for, like, 5 seconds to get something and I headed back out. It was just a tad cray cray in there and this chicka does not like crowds. We got our outside decorations up, some stuff inside, wrapped gifts and did a bunch of baking…not to mention watched ‘Its a Wonderful Life.’ So, it definitely was a holiday filled weekend? So fun! And what’s the holidays without cookies?
Some fellow food bloggers and I will be sharing cookies this week – it’s the Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange. So be sure to look for the hashtag #SweetestSeasonCookies on social media to get inspired by all kinds of yummy goodies that this holiday season brings. Time to get your bake on, people!
For as long as I can remember I have made these shortbread cookies and it’s always at Christmas. Over the years, I have adapted it slightly, but only through how they are decorated – maybe simply with a cherry on top, one type of chocolate here, sprinkles there, ya know? But, the base of these cookies are always the same. Why mess with a good thing, right? This recipe is only slightly adapted from Makegood.ca. I love these cookies so much and even wondered the other day why I don’t make them more often. I probably should ’cause they are so good, but, then again, it’s nice knowing that they are special and just for Christmas, ya know? Plus, it would be too tempting to have these around all the time…I wouldn’t be able to control myself?
I never ever just make one batch of these cookies. I actually usually triple it. Yes, triple. I keep some for hubby and I over Christmas and gift the rest. For the past few years now as part of my mom’s, mom-in-laws and nan’s gift, I prepare ‘baskets.’ In those baskets it’s usually a combination of homemade and bought things. Typically, I include my own baked goods such as these cookies and cake, as well as a nice variety of cheese or maple syrup, and perhaps things like a candle and maybe an ornament. I actually really enjoy preparing these baskets and it’s one of my favourite things to do in preparation for the holidays. Plus, these baskets are always really well received. So much better than anything you can buy from a store, right?
I would make these for my father in law. He has since passed, but he absolutely loved these cookies and I definitely think of him every time I make them. He made the best cheese sandwiches. Not grilled cheese. Just a plain untoasted sandwich with butter and cheese and it was always the best. He was such a sweet man.
After you have the ingredients combined for these cookies, an important step is to wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for a little bit, just to make it easier to handle (there’s lots of butter in there). After that, you basically just roll the dough into little balls, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, flatten and bake until they have the tiniest bit of colour. You then let them cool on a wire rack and decorate to your heart’s content. These cookies are perfectly delicious on their own as is (maybe with a nice cup of tea or glass of cold milk), but I love to decorate them…that’s the fun part, isn’t it?
This time, I used melted white chocolate and then sprinkled with crushed candy cane, well, cause Christmas! From there, I usually place in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the hardening of the chocolate and remove and enjoy. If you want to store them in a container and freeze for later, that would be awesome too. They freeze super super well.
I hope you make these Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate and Candy Cane as part of your holidays. If you do, please tell me, I’d love to hear how you like them!
What’s your favourite treat to make during the holidays??
Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon!
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Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate and Candy Cane
- 1 cup corn starch
- 1 cup icing sugar -aka powdered sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1.5 cups unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 9 oz white chocolate -melted
- 4 candy canes -approx. crushed
- In a mixer combine corn starch, icing sugar, flour and salt. Add butter and blend until combined and dough is soft. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes until dough is easier to handle.
- Remove dough from refrigerator and shape into 1 inch balls. Place on baking sheet covered in parchment paper, about 1 inch apart. Flatten balls to about 1/4 inch thick with your hand or floured fork.
- Preheat oven to 300F and bake 20-24 minutes or until edges are slightly golden (these cookies don't get much colour). Cool on wire rack. Once cooled, dip in white chocolate and sprinkle with candy cane.
- Place on wax paper lined sheet pan and let chocolate harden completely. To speed cooling/hardening of chocolate, place in freezer for about 10 minutes. Remove and enjoy!