December 21, 2015

Salted Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

This year, I am actually looking forward to Christmas....the first time in many years. I've decorated my house; I even have a little tree! I've bought many gifts. I'm excited to spend the holiday with Nick and his daughters. It's nice to be part of a family again. 

We are planning a few get-togethers this week...crafting on Tuesday, cookie baking on Wednesday, and (hopefully) dinner at my place on Christmas day. I'm thinking I'll make homemade pasta with bolognese sauce and creme brûlée

I am baking classic spritz cookies (like my Grandma Green used to make), red velvet crinkle cookies,  and cranberry-pistachio biscotti. I may also make another batch of these delicious, decadent, sophisticated shortbreads that I made in my demo class on Saturday. 

Salted Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fleur de sel or flaked salt, for sprinkling

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and smooth, about 3 minutes. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until combined. The dough will be crumbly.
  • Roll the dough into 1 to 1 1/2‑inch balls and set them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between the balls. Use the bottom of a flat cup to slightly flatten each ball, and then sprinkle the balls with fleur de sel.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. 

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