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Rocky Road Cookies!

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Rich fudge cookies covered in a pile of marshmallows, chocolate and almonds.

A perfect rocky road combination!

Confession: I’m not a fan of ice cream. I mean, it’s ok- but it isn’t like my favorite dessert. The rocky road combination of marshmallows, chocolate and almonds began in ice cream- back in the early 1900’s. It was actually the very 1st creative ice cream flavor- prior to its invention there was only vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Stop and imagine that for a minute. The world with no mint-chip ice cream…

So they invented this crazy new flavor, and then the Great Depression hit- and people didn’t have much money to buy ice cream. In a feat of marketing genius, it was given the name “Rocky Road” to relate to what people were going through and boost sales. It must have worked, because this flavor of ice cream has stood the test of time and is still filling the freezers of America.

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Since ice cream isn’t my favorite dessert, I like to take these flavors and create other things with them instead! I made Rocky Road cupcakes a couple of years ago on Easybaked, and they are still one of my favorite recipes. Yum.

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These are easy to make, and a perfectly rich, but not too sweet treat for any holiday or celebration. Or just for Mondays. Mondays always need good cookies.

Here is how we made them (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24, 4-inch round cookies)

Cookie: 

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Toppings:

  • 1 bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1 bag of Wiltons candy melts in dark cocoa
  • 1/4 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  
  • Cut into large circles (you want to have room for all those toppings!) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Slide parchment paper off cookie sheet with cookies on top. Allow them to cool on counter.
  • Melt dark cocoa candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Spoon about a tablespoon of chocolate on the top of a cookie and spread to edges.
  • Immediately (before chocolate hardens) add marshmallows, almonds and chocolate chips. They all don’t have to touch the melted chocolate, and some can be loose on top.
  • Finish all cookies in the same manner.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Place candy melts into a small zip-top bag, clip a corner and drizzle white chocolate over the top of each cookie as shown.
  • Allow everything to harden up.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days (the marshmallows get a little chewy past that point). Make sure to layer parchment paper between the layers of cookies when storing them.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: There is just something unbelievably good about marshmallows on a cookie. The chewy sweetness of those, the crunchy nuts, the soft chocolate cookie… I LOVE these! Sometimes the love of a dessert is as much about the textures as it is about the flavors- and this cookie wins in both categories!!!! I hope you get a chance to try these! Enjoy! ~r

Other favorites for the cookie jar: (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Gingerbread Cookies!German Chocolate CookieChocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesChocolate Espresso Cookies!!!

 

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Love Bug Oreo Pops!

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Show a little love this Valentine’s Day with these Oreo Love Bugs!

Easy to make ahead and wrap up as gifts!

I just have to keep making Oreo Pops… there are so many possibilities and all of them are yummy and cute! I’ve pretty much failed at cake pops, but these? My favorite!

I made Lady Bugs Oreo Pops a couple of years ago, and when I was visiting Florida last month I was subjected to everyone’s horror stories about some awful little bug called a Love Bug. I guess people hate them down south, but when I heard “Love Bug” I immediately pictured these. Sweet little pink bugs with hearts and sprinkles!

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Aren’t they fun? Cuteness overload….! These really aren’t hard to put together- especially if you’ve made Oreo Pops in the past. (If you haven’t ever made them, click here for a tutorial).

Here’s how we created these little love bugs! (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 25-30 Oreo Pops)

  • 1 package of Oreo Double Stuff cookies
  • 1/2 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in bright pink
  • 1/2 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in black
  • Heart-shaped sprinkles (I used these), pink/red jimmies or sugars
  • Candy eyes

DIRECTIONS: 

(If you want to simplify these- don’t add a stick. Just dip the Oreos using a fork, and skip the following steps for inserting a stick!)

  • Gently twist apart all Oreos.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Dip one end of a lollipop stick into the white chocolate, spread a little on the top of the white Oreo filling and then press the stick flat into the center of the filling.
  • Place top of Oreo on, and set on a cookie sheet. When all Oreos have sticks inserted, pop these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (until they are nice and firmly set).
  • Melt pink candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Have parchment paper spread on your countertop and have your sprinkles ready. 
  • Dip an Oreo into the pink melts, spooning melts over top and sides. Tap on edge of bowl to get rid of excess and slide bottom of Oreo along edge of bowl to remove drips.
  • Place on parchment paper and while melts are still soft, sprinkle with hearts and sugar or jimmies, leaving these OFF the top 1/3 of the cookie. Allow these to harden.

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  • Melt black candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon black melts over the top 1/4 of the cookie and then tap to remove excess and slide bottom across bowl edge to remove drips.
  • Set on parchment paper and place two eyes on top.
  • Once all heads and faces are done, spoon remaining black melts into a small zip-top bag. Clip a corner, and pipe a center line down the middle of the cookie as pictured. 
  • Allow Oreo pops to harden. Bag them up individually or store them in an air-tight container. 
  • Enjoy!!

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My thoughts: One of the main reasons I love Oreo Pops is that you can make them ahead for events. I’m baking quite a few things for an orientation next week and these are DONE. Wrapped in cute bags, tied with cute ribbons and ready to go. Cross one thing off my list! I also made some of my personal favorite Valentine’s treats: Frog Prince Oreos. If you need hearts for the 14th, you have these Love Bugs. If you’ve kissed one too many Frogs this year… well. These other Oreos are for you:)

Frog Oreos!!

Happy Valentine’s Day !!!!

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Other Valentine treats here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Raspberry Truffle TartRaspberry Confetti KissesChocolate covered strawberry Cake roll!!Red velvet cookies with cream cheese icing!!

Valentine’s Day Mug Topper Cookies!

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Mug Topper Cookies

These adorable little cookies hang on the edge of a cup of coffee, cocoa or milk. Handy for dipping, and a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Aren’t these fun? When I have a few minutes of spare time, I like to wander around online looking for fun new kitchen and baking tools. I saw these cookie cutters and had to click on the photo to read more, because they didn’t make sense to me. They had several cute little shapes- but each one had a wedge cut out on one side. WHY?? I quickly discovered that the little wedge makes them not just cookie cutters- but mug-hanging cookie cutters! I happen to love dunking cookies in my coffee- so I knew I had to try them!

Valentine Mug hanging cookie

Does a cookie get more fun than that? I think not.

I was already making two different sorts of cut-out cookies for an event, so I set aside a little dough from each batch to make these. Here are the two recipes I used:

  1. Chocolate Espresso Cut-out cookies (recipe here)
  2. Buttery Cut-out cookies (recipe here)

Chocolate Espresso Cookies!!!  Butter Cut-out cookies

I kneaded some red and pink jimmies into the buttery cut-out dough before I rolled it out to cut it.

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You can use either of my recipes, or use your own- but you must choose a recipe that doesn’t puff up and get bigger in the oven. I have a fabulous gingerbread cookie recipe that would never work with these. If the dough changes shape as it bakes, that little wedge will not be big enough to slide onto the edge of a mug.

I also baked these on parchment paper, so I could slide them all off the cookie sheet and onto a counter to cool, without having to use a spatula to pick them up.

  1. Because they are tiny little cookies to handle.
  2. Because the wedge makes them more fragile until they cool and harden up.

Those are my “helpful hints”. They really are easy to make and so fun!

So a Valentine idea?

  1. Make some of my Spiced Mocha Mix (recipe here).
  2. Spoon 3-4 teaspoons into a cello bag.
  3. Place a cookie into a second cello bag.
  4. Print these tags (open link here).
  5. Staple tag over the tops of the two bags.
  6. Give away as a fun Valentine gift! (instructions for making mocha are on back of tag)

Valentine gift idea

I hope you get a chance to try this little cookie cutter idea out! If you were careful, I suspect you could even use a knife to cut a little wedge out of a plain old heart cookie too…? More time consuming, but then you don’t need to purchase a new cookie cutter. Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other Valentine’s treats here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Berry Bomb CupcakesRaspberry Fudge Layer Cake1White Chocolate Strawberry Cookies!!Old fashioned Red velvet cake

 

 

 

A New Year’s Collection of Top Recipes on Easybaked!!

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Happy New Year, friends! One of my favorite parts of marking the end of one year and the beginning of the next is looking back at all the things that made the previous year wonderful! One of the really fun things to look at is my statistics for this blog. A LOT of you visited us here this year!  Thank you!!!  I am always fascinated by which recipes really took off and became HUGE hits- and I’m always a tiny bit disappointed by the ones that I thought were AMAZING, that didn’t really catch anyone’s attention.

I have lots of fun recipes lined up to share with you in January, but this week- as we welcome 2017- here are the top picks from 2016.

Just click on a photo to see the recipe- and enjoy!!! ~r

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Strawberry Lemonade layer cake

Viewed 203,655 times in one month alone! The cupcake version of these is really popular too.

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream topping

Seriously, that cheesecake is maybe the best recipe on this blog. You have GOT to try it!!!! 🙂

Oreo pops

When this was 1st posted, there were NO other Oreo Pops on the internet- so I like to think that the Oreo Pop craze started here! We certainly have had fun creating all sorts of them for every holiday!

Bailey's Cupcakes

This recipe was from a failed audition for The Great American Baking Show, and a new friend!

Turtle Bundt

This is the most recent big hit on Easybaked- and it is really easy to make!

So, those were the top 5 in all-time views this year… but what were my favorites from 2016? These three!

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This is the star of 2016. It is SO yummy and got rave reviews every time I made it. A massive layer of cookie dough in the middle of a cake? Does it get any better than that???

Marshmallow Stuffed Oreos

2016 was also my year to turn those healthy little Oreo Thins into amazing stuffed Oreos! These marshmallow ones… oh my! We also stuffed Oreos with Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Cookie Butter!

Cookie Monster Oreos!

These win my personal “cutest” recipe award for 2016! I loved making them and making cute little stickers to seal the bags I gifted them in too! So fun!

I’ve been asked many times what my all-time favorite recipe on Easybaked is. I’ve got SO many favorites- but if I had to pick one, it would be my Caramel Fudge Brownies. I love them because they are my mom’s famous mint brownies with my favorite caramel added in place of the mint- and they are just the BEST chocolate fix ever.

Caramel Fudge Brownies!!

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of recipes!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

 

Sparkling Glass Christmas Cookies!

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Buttery cut-out tree cookies with sparkling candy-glass ornaments! Not only beautiful Christmas treats- but delicious ones!

These fun candy-filled cookies are not an original idea- just an idea I’ve seen around for years and always wanted to try. These turned out great. You need a cut-out recipe that holds it’s shape and size well- otherwise when the cookie bakes, those little holes will expand shut and you won’t have any room to put candy. You also need a cookie that tastes AWESOME without icing. I think these accomplished both goals!!! These were just delicious 🙂

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Here is how we made them: (printable recipe here)

 INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 cookies- depending on the size cutter you use)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 large bag of Jolly Rancher candies
  • Star sprinkles (if desired- plus a tiny bit of melted chocolate to attach them)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Unwrap candy and divide into colors.
  • Use a hammer on a solid surface (one that can’t be damaged by a hammer) to crush the candy. Crush it very finely- mine was a little big still, and it made it harder to spoon into the openings. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Add green food coloring and knead with hands until dough reaches desired shade. 
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
  • Cut into Christmas tree shapes
  • Place on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.
  • Use a straw to poke “ornament” holes. I used a small straw and a jumbo one to give different sizes. 
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and use a small spoon (I used a tiny little appetizer spoon) to spoon candy colors into each hole.

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  • Bake at 350F degrees for an additional 4-5 minutes until candy is entirely melted. Check after 2-3 minutes and add a little candy if needed, as the pieces melt and settle. 
  • Remove cookies from oven and slide the parchment papers off the cookie sheet onto a counter to cool. 
  • Use a bit of melted chocolate to attach a star on top (if desired).
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These were fun to make and they are just so cute and yummy! A few changes I will make the next time: I’d use bigger straws. The larger size was fine, but the mini size holes were hard to fill. I would also crush the candy to a sugar consistency. I had a few bigger pieces that made it harder to fill those tiny holes. I loved the flavor of those buttery cookies with the sweet fruity candy bits- I will definitely make these again!  Enjoy! ~r

Other fun treats for Christmas: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Opera Cream CandyPeppermint Hot Chocolate CupcakesChocolate Bon-bonsHot Chocolate Pops!

Oreo Ornament Pops!

Oreo Ornament Pops

Celebrate the Christmas season with these fun ornament pops.

Made with Oreos, mini peanut butter cups and sprinkles, they are sure to make everyone in your family smile!

Goodness. I love cute Christmas cookies. These were SO fun to make, and decorating them is a blast. I pulled out all of those Christmas sprinkles and just went crazy. I highly recommend these for a fun project with your kids!!

The dilemma for making an edible ornament is always that little cap. I solved the problem by painting mini peanut butter cups with a little bit of edible gold dusting powder (the same stuff I used on my shortbread cookies last week). I love how they turned out! Happy shiny tops for these!

Oreo Ornament Pops!

Here is how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24-28 pops)

  • One package of Oreo Double Stuff cookies.
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts. As you can see, I used pink and aqua, plus I had a little green and red extra from other projects. You can use as many colors as you want- but you will need at least 2 full bags to cover the Oreos. 
  • One bag (8 oz) of Reese Peanut Butter Cup Minis- in white chocolate
  • Edible gold dusting powder (I used this brand)
  • Fun Christmas sprinkles and jimmies

DIRECTIONS:

Make gold “caps” for ornaments first.

  • Spoon a little of the gold powder into a small bowl or plate, and add a bit of water until it is the consistency of a thick paint. 
  • Use a food-grade brush to paint the gold on the bottom and sides of 24-28 peanut butter cups. Paint them all and then go back and give them a second coat to smooth out the parts that didn’t stick the 1st time.
  • Set aside to dry.

Prepare Oreo Pops (there is a tutorial for these, if you have never done them, here)

  • Twist apart all of your Oreos.
  • Melt a small amount of Candy Melts (<1/4 cup) in the microwave in 3o second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melts, and press into white filling of Oreo. Place other half of cookie back on top and press together.
  • Place Oreo and stick on a cookie sheet. Repeat this process with remaining Oreos, and then freeze all Oreos until firm (10-15 minutes).
  • Melt remaining Candy Melts using method from above.
  • Once Oreos are chilled, hold with stick and dip into Candy Melts until completely coated.
  • Tap on side of bowl to get excess off, and drag across lip of bowl to scrape excess off back of cookie.

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  • Set on parchment paper  and immediately set a gold “cap” on the top edge to harden there as the candy melts solidify.
  • If you want to add sprinkles, do so before the Candy Melts get hard (stripes in other colors can be added later)

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  • Allow Oreo Pop to harden completely
  • Decorate with other colors of Candy Melts, as desired. To make the stripes, I placed melted candy in a small zip top bag, clipped a corner and piped lines onto the Oreos. 
  • Once everything has completely hardened, place into individual cello bags, or into an air-tight bag or container. These will stay good for weeks when sealed up. 
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: Well, by now you know how much I love my Oreo Pops! These were fun to make and a little peanut butter on top of that Oreo? Yes, please! 🙂 These make great little gifts and stocking stuffers! Enjoy! ~r

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Don’t stop with just ornaments! We have two other fun Christmas Oreo Pops! (click on the photo to see the recipe)

Reindeer Oreo Pops!!!Snowman Oreo Pops

Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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These pretty shortbread cookies are delicious all on their own- but topped with a piece of gold-dusted chocolate? Then they are perfect. 

I’d never made shortbread before. Crazy, I know. The inspiration was those AMAZING Starbucks snowmen cookies. You know.. the ones that are soooo cute and topped in chocolate rather than icing?

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I was telling a friend about my love for those little Starbucks cookies and she said, “I know! Shortbread cookies are the best!” and I thought to myself…. “Shortbread? What exactly is a shortbread cookie?” So I investigated and tried a few recipes and FELL IN LOVE with these cookies!!!  Buttery and flakey happiness with every bite!

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I wanted to add chocolate on top, and found these ADORABLE silicone molds by Silikomart. (and then I got sucked into the world of Silikomart and all the beautiful things they make that are mostly available only in Italy….) I found these on Amazon though. I dusted them with a little bit of edible gold dust to give them an especially elegant feel.

So. Much. Christmas. Fun.

Here’s the recipe: (printable version here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-30 cookies)

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • About 16 oz of dark chocolate wafers. You can use Wiltons candy melts, but for these cookies I used Ghirardelli Melting Wafers. They cost more- but they are SO good!
  • Edible gold dusting powder (I used this brand)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and using a mixer, beat until light and fluffy (think buttercream frosting…!)
  • Add vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Add flour and baking powder to butter/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated well (don’t over-beat this).
  • Use clean hands to form this mixture into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

While dough is chilling, make chocolate toppers.

  • Melt chocolate wafers in the microwave in 30 second increments, mixing in between until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon into a large zip-top bag and seal it well.
  • Place mold on a cookie sheet to keep it flat and easy to move.
  • Carefully pipe chocolate into molds, filling them up to the top and then tap entire cookie sheet on counter to remove bubbles.
  • Freeze for 5-8 minutes until they can be peeled out of the molds. Repeat until you have about 24-30 toppers.
  • Squeeze extra chocolate back into a small bowl and set aside.

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Set toppers aside, and cut/bake cookies.

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out on a floured countertop. Cut into rectangles. I used this cookie cutter set and I needed 2 different sizes because the molds are different in size. Place on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper laid on top. 
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Slide parchment paper (with cookies on top) off baking sheet and onto a clean counter. Cool completely.

Assemble cookies.

  • Re-heat the extra chocolate you set aside from earlier, using instructions given earlier for melting.
  • Use a knife to spread melted chocolate onto the back of a chocolate topper, and gently place it on top of a cooled cookie. (I used gloves to handle the chocolate so I wouldn’t leave fingerprints on it!)
  • Allow topper to harden- sticking it firmly to the top of the cookie.
  • Use a food-grade brush to gently brush gold dusting powder over each chocolate piece. You can skip this step– but the wow factor increases A LOT with this touch of gold glitter!!!
  • Enjoy!!!!

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My thoughts: These are SO (soooooooooooo!) yummy! I keep kicking myself for never making shortbread before this! These are a fragile cut-out cookie. The chocolate on top adds much-needed stability, but be gentle with them before that chocolate is added. They are fragile because they are a light, flaky, buttery piece of heaven- but they are fragile nonetheless. I made these in early November- working ahead for Christmas blogging- but I am definitely making these as one of my Christmas cookies this year- this is a do-not-miss recipe!  Hope you and your family enjoy them as much as I did!!!  ~r

Shortbread cutout cookies with chocolate on top.

Need Christmas cookie ideas?? We have SO many here!  Here’s a few to get you started: (click on photo to see recipe)

Decorated bonbonsSnowman Oreo PopsCaramel Ritz CookiesChristmas Card Cookies

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