The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails
Mix up the cookies this season with this melt in your mouth chocolate chip shortbread cookies. Two perfect cookies in one bite.
There is something about the holiday season that brings out the kid in us. Just the idea of twinkling lights and garland, hot cocoa and carols. All I want to do is be cozy and watch the classics. I want to watch the Santa countdown and snuggle. We don’t have kids, so really I have no excuse other than that I really just like to rock out with my holiday tunes and love myself some animated movies. Currently we are working out way through some of the recent hits we have missed (Frozen – blah, Despicable Me 2 – super cute, Wally – still love it, etc.).
Side note: This would be when Handsome would like me to point out that I am a sucker for these movies too. How to Train Your Dragon runs on a marathon this time of year with Kung Fu Panda. I always catch bits and pieces and am totally smitten with the dragon. But I always turn it off when things start to get rough. After they start flying into the heart of the dragon pit thingy, I just can’t handle it. It’s a kids movie, it has a happy ending. There’s a sequel, clearly everyone lived happily ever after enough to make it back to the big screen, and yet here I am…. changing the channel. Every single time.
And, now I am yearning for a moment or two from It’s a Wonderful Life, some Frosty memories, and a miracle or two to keep my Christmas spirits bright.
What are your holiday must haves? Any tunes you love to hear or movies you love to watch?
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- 16 tbs unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teas vanilla
- 1/4 teas salt
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup semisweet baking chocolates, m&m's
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9" square pan with foil, leaving a little hanging over the edges.
- Mix the butter, vanilla and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add in the confectioners' sugar (only a little at a time, otherwise you'll have sugar everywhere).
- Mix in the flour until just combined. Add the candies/chocolates and mix again.
- Press the cookie dough into the prepared baking pan with lightly floured hands for a flat smooth layer. Score the top with a sharp knife so that when you are done baking you can easily define rows.
- Transfer to oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cookie will by dry to the touch (cation, hot). Re-score the cookies again and allow to cool 20 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- When cool, cut along marks to break apart.
- Heat the 1/4 cup semisweet chips in a ziplock bag or bowl to melt. Drizzle over the bars. Let set and serve with a big glass of milk.
Food Network Magazine Dec 2012