Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Bites


Hello Design Dazzle readers!  My name is Jenn and I blog over at Clean and Scentsible.  I am so excited to be back again for Toni’s Chrsitmas Wonderful series!  This is my third year joining in and I always look forward to seeing all of the amazing projects shared!

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One of the many things that I love about Christmas is all of the Christmas baking.  These chocolate peppermint shortbread cookies add a pretty touch to any cookie platter and are one of my favorites. They just taste like Christmas!

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Bits Featured on Design DazzleChocolate Peppermint Shortbread Bites

INGREDIENTS
Cookies

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter

Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate,chopped
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and cocoa powder.  Using a pastry blender {or your hands!}, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling together {this may take a little while}. Roll into a ball kneading until smooth.
  • On a floured surface, roll out dough into approximately 1/2 inch thickness. Use a small rectangular cookie cutter or slice into 1 inch x 2 inch rectangles.  Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until just firm in the center. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium heat.  Remove from heat and add the chocolate.  Let stand for 5 minutes and then stir until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes before using.
  • Place 6 peppermint candies into a Ziploc bag and crush into small pieces.
  • Drizzle the chocolate ganache over the tops of the cookies and then sprinkle with the peppermints.

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The recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.  The plain cookies can be frozen in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper for up to 3 months.  Thaw when ready to use and then decorate with the ganache and peppermint.

Peppermint Bites and Hot Cocoa are perfect for a Christmas Evening! Featured on Design DazzlePeppermint Bites and Hot Cocoa are perfect for a Christmas Evening! Featured on Design Dazzle

Thank-you so much to Toni for having me today!  If you get a chance, I would love to have you drop in at Clean and Scentsible to say hello and check out some of my other fun Christmas projects.

Christmas Projects from Clean and Scentsible.
Hot Cocoa Bar / Rustic Christmas Wreath / Grinch Oreo Pops

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Posted on November 10, 2014
 
Categories: christmas, Christmas Wonderful, diy tutorials & creative ideas, edibles, holiday awesomeness, holiday ideas

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