Chocolate Orange Shortbread

It’s 28 days till Christmas (sorry I went to the Christmas Market yesterday so it’s on my mind). Therefore, I’m feeling festive and that means Christmas cookies!

I’m a big fan of Terry’s chocolate oranges, my Mom puts one in my stocking every year and this is basically a cookie version of that.  These cookies are super easy to make and you probably have everything in your kitchen already, which is a great feat when baking.

Also, how amazing are these Eiffel Tower and unicorn cookie cutters?  I need to get on the iced cookie train with these.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tbsp icing sugar, plus more for sprinkling if desired
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Steps

In a medium bowl, beat the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add vanilla, cream and orange zest and beat until incorporated.

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Sift the flour, cocoa and salt into a separate bowl, and add to butter mixture while mixing on low.  Beat until uniform and don’t overmix.  Flatten dough into two discs, wrapping each in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each dough disc to 1/4 inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters or a knife.  Continue combining scraps and cutting cookies from that until you use up the dough (or eat it all).

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Carefully place cut dough onto parchment lined sheet and bake at 350F for 14-15 minutes (could be a couple more minutes depending on your oven), until edges are firm.  Cool briefly on sheets then allow to cool on cooling rack.  Sift icing sugar over the cookies if desired.

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