Chocolate-Dipped Stamped Shortbread

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I know…I know.  I’m leap-frogging right over Thanksgiving and making a beeline for Christmas.  Couldn’t help it, though, because I’m anxious to share my first 2014 Christmas cookie.  It’s a deliciously crisp and buttery shortbread cookie with a thin layer of dark chocolate beneath.

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I bought this Birkmann cookie stamp a few weeks ago at Marshalls:

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and I bought several others at T.J. Maxx:

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The stamps measure approx. 2 3/4″ across, so it’s a pretty good-sized cookie.  I’ve done a brief on-line search for them, and I was unsuccessful.  There are, however, some beautiful cookie stamps at Rycraft.  I used their snowflake stamp last year with great results.

Shortbread:

Cream together 1/2 cup sugar and 2 sticks (8 oz.) salted butter*.  In a separate bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup rice flour.  Add slowly to creamed mixture and mix until fully combined.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness, sprinkling scant amount of flour on dough for easy rolling.  Dip stamp into flour and press into dough.  Using a plain, round cookie cutter (approx 2 3/4″ in diameter), cut around the stamped shape and place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 degrees until the edges are lightly browned, approx. 15 – 20 minutes.

While cookies are cooling, melt 1 cup dark chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening on medium power in the microwave.  Set timer for one minute and stir.  Repeat in 30-second intervals until chocolate is smooth and glossy.  Using a table knife, spread melted chocolate over bottoms of cooled cookies and let set overnight to dry.

*no substitutions here…has to be real butter

Yield using the 2 3/4″ cutter: 20 cookies

On another note…

As I was doing some shopping last week, I found these holiday dishes that I TOTALLY fell in love with.  I stood there, dishes in hand, and asked myself that age-old question “do I really NEED these????”. The answer…an unequivocal “NO”.

Thankfully, I showed no restraint and bought a complete service for 12:

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It’s called Royal Stafford Christmas home, and it just makes me smile.  Here’s hoping the upcoming holiday season finds you smiling too ;-)

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“Because you know I’m all about that plate

‘Bout that plate…..”

7 thoughts on “Chocolate-Dipped Stamped Shortbread

  1. We are obsessed with that song! Lol…. I love the plates. They are beautiful! The cookies look almost too good to eat. Can’t wait to taste them. ❄️⛄️

  2. I just scored a good deal on butter, so I’ll be trying these cookies tomorrow, shortbread being Liam’s favorite. Now to figure out how to justify a new set of Christmas dishes….

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