Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are the best Christmas Cookies of the season. It's easy, it's delicious, it's buttery, and of course, it's so chocolaty.
You can also try: Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Christmas Cookies
Also, these cookies are almost too cute to be eaten. These Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies tick all the boxes and are the best cookies that you should be baking this holiday season. 🎄
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies 🍪
These dark chocolate shortbread cookies have a chocolate shortbread cookie base and are dipped in creamy dark chocolate.
Topped with Christmas sprinkles these Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Cookies are just so cute and adorable. Perfect for Christmas.
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- Ingredients Used to make Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
- How to make Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
- Can I Make these Shortbread Chocolate Cookies Ahead of time?
- How to store these Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies?
- How to tell when Chocolate Cookies are done?
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- How to melt chocolate on a stovetop?
Dark Chocolate covered Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
Hey friends! So, after a cozy weekend with incessant snowfall, it's time to kick start the week. This snowy weather gets me so dull. However, then I think about the cutest Christmas desserts and head into the kitchen to bake these delicious cookies.
Today, I'll share with y'all one of the cutest ever Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies. I got the thot of these cookies from sugar cookies obviously.
However, I thought, there's enough of that sugary Christmas Tree Cookies with Royal Icing frosting.
Since it's all about being innovative and adaptable to new situations this year, so I thought of taking it a step ahead of the usual sugar cookies with royal icing frosting and making these Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies.
I love the adorable Christmas Sprinkles on top. It just makes these look so festive and cute.
The best part about these Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies is the shortbread cookies. There is something so wonderful and festive about shortbread cookies right.
Ingredients Used to make Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
- AP Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Cold Unsalted Butter (cubed)
- Kosher Salt
- Granulated Sugar
- Dark Melting Wafers
- Christmas Sprinkles (optional)
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How to make Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
These Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies are really easy to make. Below I'll briefly run you through the recipe. For more details refer to the recipe card below or watch the video for a visual.
- STEP 1: Make Cookie Dough
First, we will have to make the Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Dough. For that combine AP Flour, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Cold Unsalted Butter (Cubed), Kosher Salt, and Shortening in a bowl. Combine it with your hands until the butter combines with the flour and gets coarse and mealy. Add the granulated sugar and combine it with the flour mixture.
Bring everything down on the cutting board. Bring everything together to form a soft cookie dough.
- STEP 2: Freeze Cookie dough
Allow the cookie dough to freeze for 15 minutes or refrigerate for 30 minutes. Make Ahead Instructions - (You can store the cookie dough for 3 months in the freezer. thaw it overnight before use and make cookies anytime you wish to)
- STEP 3: Roll the Cookie Dough
Finally, dust the surface with flour and gently roll the cookie dough.
Use a Christmas Tree shaped Cookie Cutter to cut out the Cookies. Pick them up carefully using an offset spatula and take them out onto a greased cookie baking dish.
- STEP 4: Bake
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F or 180C.
Finally, when these get baked, allow them to cool down to room temperature for 5 minutes.
- STEP 5: Melt Dark Chocolate
Meanwhile, melt some Dark Melting Wafers in the oven at 30 seconds bursts with constant stirring. Once the Chocolate gets smooth and silky.
- STEP 6: Drizzle Chocolate over cookies
Drizzle it over the top half of the Christmas Tree Cookie.
Pick the cookie up and place them on a separate dish. Decorate with Christmas Sprinkles and allow these to sit for 10 minutes. You do not even need to freeze these. The chocolate will set easily at room temperature within 10-15 minutes.
Once the chocolate has set over the cookies, serve!
Can I Make these Shortbread Chocolate Cookies Ahead of time?
You can make the Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Dough in advance. Make the dough, wrap it tightly using plastic food wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the freezer.
This will stay good for up to 3 months. Whenever you need to reuse it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then roll the dough, cut out the cookies, bake and serve.
How to store these Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies?
You can store these Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies in an air-tight container. These will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
You can even store them on the counter in an airtight container. Make sure that the container is absolutely dry and the cookies have cooled down to room temperature, before storing them.
To freeze Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies, wrap individual cookies using foil wrap and store them in a freezer-friendly bag or air-tight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before you serve.
How to tell when Chocolate Cookies are done?
To tell your shortbread cookies are done you should make sure that you don't over bake your cookies. Your shortbread cookies should be soft but not golden brown on the edges. They'll continue to bake in the baking sheet even when you remove it from the oven.
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Chocolate Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies
- 2 cups AP Flour 250 grams
- ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa powder 50 grams
- 2 sticks cold unsalted butter cubed (1 cup or 226.8gm)
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Shortening
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 10 oz Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers
- Christmas Sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and line it with a parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour with cocoa powder, cold butter with your hands or a pastry blender until it gets coarse and mealy.Now, add 1 tablespoon of Shortening and mix well. Add Granulated sugar and combine it with all the ingredients. It should clump together when your close your fist with the dough in hand
- Place it on the countertop and bring it all together to form a small ball. Freeze this covered for 15 minutes or Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Flour your work surface generously. Place the Cookie dough ball on the Floured surface and press it with your hands so that it gets a disc like shape. Cover it with flour, as much as possible. Use a rolling pin to roll it softly.
- Now use a Christmas Tree-shaped Cookie cutter to cut out Christmas Tree shaped cookies from the rolled dough. You can use any other cookie cutter that you like.
- Transfer cookies to a prepared baking sheet. Bake these cookies at 350F for 10 minutes. They will be soft and be looking when done. Let them stay in the baking tray for 10 more minutes at room temperature, before transferring them onto a cooling rack.
- In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate. Place a Bowlful of Dark Melting Wafers in your oven. Microwave at high for 1 min. Stir well. Then Microwave at 30 seconds increment, stirring after each interval until the chocolate gets smooth and silky.You can also do this step on the stovetop. Read instructions in the notes below.
- Use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate on the top half of your Christmas cookies. I have poured it diagonally. You can also pour it on the top half horizontally. Immediately top it with Red and Green Christmas Confetti or crushed Peppermint Holiday Candy canes or Crushed Almonds. Allow them to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes and then serve.