The perfect Christmas cookbook for a sweet and festive holiday season, Christmas Cookies from the Whimsical Bakehouse contains recipes for 50 of the prettiest cookies ever created. Sixty color photos showcase these gorgeous treats, and the authors include tips on decorating and equipment.
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Rudolph Chocolate Shortbread Makes 3 dozen cookies This recipe is a chocolate variation of our regular shortbread. We pipe a red chocolate nose on Rudolph and sprinkly it with red sanding sugar--see how it glows! Preheat the oven to 350°F . Grease 2 cookie sheets . On a piece of wax paper, sift together: • 3 1/2 (3.5) cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 (.5) cup cocoa powder • 1 cup confectioners' sugar • 1/4 (.25) teaspoon salt Place the ingredients in a large bowl of an electric mixer. Add: • 17 ounces (4 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 (.5) inch cubes Mix on low speed until the dough comes together. On a lightly floured board: • Roll out the dough 1/4 (.25) inch thick. Use a Rudolph cookie cutter, or a cookie cutter of your choice, to cut out the dough. Place Rudolphs 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Prick each cookie once with a fork. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Do not attempt to move the cookies before they have completely cooled or the legs might break off. Melt: • 1/4 (.25) cup white wafer chocolate or 2 ounces white chocolate Add to the melted chocolate and stir until well combined: • 6 drops red candy color (add more or less as desired) Pour the melted chocolate into a pastry cone. Cut a small tip off the end of the cone. Pipe a red nose on each Rudolph. Before the chocolate dries, sprinkle the noses with: • Red sanding sugar Excerpted from Christmas Cookies from the Whimsical Bakehouse by Kaye Hansen, Liv Hansen All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.