November 29, 2011

Holiday Cookie Week: Double Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Bars {Naptime Everyday}

Peppermint shortbread

What’s Going on Today: Christmas season madness! Finding a wreath, commencing holiday projects with kids, making lists and checking them twice. Cookie baking!

Naptime Goals: Bake one batch of shortbread to freeze!

Tonight’s Menu: Spaghetti & Meatballs for Choir Boys from the freezer

Holiday Cookie Week!: Don’t forget to enter to win my HUGE holiday cookie week baking package giveaway, details below!

I think there are very few naptime baking projects I love more than working on my holiday cookie selection. I am a holiday cookie fanatic and this year I am going bananas because I am hosting both families for Christmas. Do you know how many cookies I’ll need to amply treat seven adults and one child over the course of four days? A lot! To make it easier on myself (note, I did not say this was going to be easy) I have already started baking. In some cases I am making dough and freezing it to bake right before Christmas, and with bar cookies like this shortbread I am baking them in full and then freezing the final product to thaw in a couple weeks.

While my daughter was taking nap after school the other day I whipped up these tasty peppermint shortbread bars. I will admit, I had never made this before and it was kind of a fun experiment for me. I love chocolate shortbread and wanted to add in my next favorite flavor: peppermint. For visual appeal and, let’s face it, more chocolate I threw in some white chocolate chips. As they baked the house filled with an awesome chocolate-peppermint aroma and it was all I could do not to devour the pan the second they cooled down.

For photography purposes I cut a few squares and stacked them as you see above. But for freezing I extracted the rest of the bars in one piece and wrapped it tightly in plastic wrap and an outer layer of aluminum foil. I placed them on a solid shelf in the freezer where they won’t get crushed and should stay safely until Christmas eve. Unless, of course, I dig in before then..

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Recipe

 Double Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Squares

makes one 8×8 pan

Ingredients

½ cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3 drops peppermint extract
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a small bowl stir together the flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside.

2. In an electric mixer beat the butter until smooth and fluffy. About 2 minutes. Add in the sugar and peppermint extract and beat well. With the mixer on low slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips.

3. Press the dough into a lightly greased 8×8 baking dish and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until it is firm. Allow to cool completely before cutting and/or freezing.

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

To take these over the top try adding vanilla buttercream frosting and sprinkling it with crushed candy canes.

 

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes prep time, 25 minutes bake time

 

Naptime Reviews

These terrific holiday bars are enough to satisfy even the most ardent chocolate-mint lover.

  • Sarah H.P.

    I’m a fan of The Naptime Chef on Facebook!

  • A padilla

    Every day I think of another cookie to make…of course now I’m thinking of making these shortbreads!

  • Dawn Goodwin

    I’m definitely trying out these cookies this season. We will also make sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, & Oreo cookie truffles. I am sure there will be more, but this what I can think of so far.

  • Dawn Goodwin

    I am a fan of Naptime Chef on FB.

  • Dawn Goodwin

    I follow on Stumble and liked the post.

  • Stacy Schuck

    We made these and decided that one: they were very yummy and two: we’d mix the cocoa/flour/salt and sugar/butter before the chocolate chips.

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad you liked them, Stacy. Love the editorial tips! :)

  • Stacy Schuck

    ALSO CANNOT WAIT FOR YOUR BOOK!