Christmas baking: triple chocolate shortbread cookies

Soooo much chocolate.  We've come to the realization that nearly all of our Christmas treat have chocolate in them....and we're totally okay with that!  These triple chocolate shortbread cookies have been my all-time favorite for many Christmases now, and are still going strong.  The shortbread is chocolate, there are mini chocolate chips inside, and then they're dipped and drizzled in chocolate to make them pretty.  So...if you're not a fan of chocolate, these aren't for you!

But let's be real here.  Who isn't a fan of chocolate?

What I love most about these cookies is how the melt-in-your-mouth shortbread goes so well with the chocolate shell covering it.  It's oh so good!

Triple Chocolate Shortbread

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 oz square of unsweetened semi-sweet chocolate [melted]  

2 1/4 cup flour

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

1.  Mix together softened butter, icing sugar, vanilla and melted chocolate until smooth.

2. Add flour and chocolate chips and mix.

3. Roll dough into 1" balls (or whatever size preferred) and place onto a baking sheet.

4. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Decorating:

You can choose to dip these in any kind of chocolate you want; we usually dip ours twice (once in white and once in semi-sweet chocolate).  

Also, if you spoon a small amount of melted chocolate into a ziplock bag, you can drizzle a zig-zag pattern onto the top!  The drizzle looks the best when you cut the smallest hole you can in the ziplock.  Good luck!

Are you sick of Christmas baking yet?  I hope not.  We still have a few more Christmas-y recipes to share, so stay tuned!

p.s.

 â™¥ kelsey