Growing up, and still to this day, our Mom and Grandma’s both ask at this time of year “What should I make for you this year?”. Mom had her reese’s pieces squares and cappuccino shortbread, Grandma’s jam jam’s and Oma’s infamous shortbread.
As we have our own family’s now, there is numerous events at Christmas to contribute baking to. This year we did a mix of some of our childhood favourites with a twist and a new favourite. Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing with you these recipes from a day spent baking together. Hope you enjoy!
Time: 3 Hours
Makes: 32 cookies
2 tsp instant espresso powder
2 tsp hot water
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
170g semi-sweetened chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
3 tbsp decorating sugar (We skipped this step)
-In small bowl, whisk espresso powder with hot water until dissolved. Set aside.
-In stand mixer with paddle attachment, or in a bowl using a wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar, vanilla, salt and espresso mixture until fluffy; stir in flour, just until combined. Divide dough in half; shape into squares. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm but not hard, about 45 minutes.
-Between waxed paper, roll out 1 square to 1/2-inch thickness; shape into 6 1/4-x 5 1/2-inch (16 x 14 cm) rectangle; trimming edges. Halve lengthwise; cut crosswise into 8 strips to form 16 cookies. Arrange, 1 inch part, on parchment paper-lined rimless baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.
-Bake, 1 sheet at time, in 300F oven until firm and light golden, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool on pans for 10 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.
-Scrape melted chocolate into tall heatproof glass or bowl. Tilting chocolate to one side, dip 1 top corner of each cookie into the chocolate and set on wax paper lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with decorating sugar; Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.
Recipe from “Canadian Living Holiday Baking Winter 2014 Issue”