Shortbread Cookies & Cream

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Inactive Time 1 h
  • Total Time 2 h
  • Makes: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 500 mL
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted 60 mL
  • 1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 250 mL
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar 125 mL
  • 1 oz semi-sweet chocolate, grated 30 g
  • Buttercream Frosting:
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter 30 mL
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted 250 mL
  • 1 tbsp 35% whipping cream 15 mL
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 mL

Directions

  • Step 1

    In bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa and salt. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric beaters until light and fluffy. Beat in dry ingredients just until blended. Stir in grated chocolate. Turn onto lightly floured surface and pat dough into 2 disks. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hr.

  • Step 2

    Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. One at a time, roll each dough disk between 2 large sheets of parchment paper to 1/4-in. (5-mm) thickness. With lightly floured 2-in. (5- cm) round cookie cutters, cut out circles of dough. Re-roll scraps once and cut more cookies. Make 24 cookies. Place on prepared baking sheets, spaced 1-in. (2.5 cm) apart. Chill at least 10 min. before baking.

  • Step 3

    Bake 8 to 10 min., swapping racks and rotating sheets halfway through, until bottoms of cookies are lightly golden and tops are set. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile make buttercream frosting. Beat butter with electric mixer until fluffy. On low speed, beat in icing sugar, cream and vanilla until smooth. Increase speed to high; beat 1 to 2 min. until frosting is light and fluffy.

  • Step 5

    Spread frosting on each cookie. Store in airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

Tip

Garnish frosted cookies with extra grated chocolate.

For tender, buttery shortbread, do not overwork the dough. You want the butter to melt in the oven not before. If dough feels too soft at any stage, pop in freezer to firm up the dough.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (1 cookie):
  • Calories 90
  • Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.5 g
  • Carbs 11 g
  • Sugar 6 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Cholesterol 15 mg
  • Sodium 15 mg