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Christmas shortbread cookie ideas?

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bythebay Jul 5, 2012 09:57 PM

Is it wrong that I'm already thinking about Christmas?

I just learned how to make shortbread cookies, and thanks to tips from here and elsewhere on the Web, I'm happy with how they're coming out now. I tried a few variations/embellishments like dipping them in chocolate, making lemon ones and dipping them in white chocolate and they came out really good. I've also seem people add lavender, things like that.

For Christmas, what interesting holiday/wintery flavors are there that could be added to the cookie itself? And what embellishments could be added? I'm trying to think of something beyond a basic cookie shaped like a Christmas tree topped with some sprinkles or plain icing.

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  1. todao RE: bythebay Jul 6, 2012 04:09 PM

    Shaping them into bars then dipping one end in chocolate and the other sprinkles with sugar is nice for Christmas. Pressing an indentation in the center of the shaped raw dough and filling it with fruit jam, a chocolate chip or other treat (even a hazel nut or pecan) is also a nice touch.
    Just try to avoid making the coating/adornment the feature of the cookie. The shortbread itself needs to stand out as the primary element with the adornment being a special enhancement to the teat.

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      bythebay RE: todao Jul 7, 2012 01:26 PM

      Thank you!

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        juli5122 RE: todao Jul 7, 2012 01:34 PM

        I saw biscotti with green pistachios and dried cherries in them for Christmas. I switched the cherries for cranberries (just out of preference) and dippied the end in white chocolate and they were a big favorite.

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          bythebay RE: juli5122 Jul 7, 2012 05:22 PM

          Could I do something like that with shortbread? It sounds really good.

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            Caitlin McGrath RE: bythebay Jul 7, 2012 06:14 PM

            Sure. These icebox cookies are actually shortbread, but you could just add the nuts and fruit to your favorite recipe if you prefer: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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              bythebay RE: Caitlin McGrath Jul 7, 2012 07:46 PM

              Thank you! I'm so new to baking so still learning. I love the idea of dried fruit in shortbread.

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        pine time RE: bythebay Jul 7, 2012 12:33 PM

        Bickford's makes a great eggnog flavoring that I used in shortbread last Christmas--was very popular.

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          bythebay RE: pine time Jul 7, 2012 01:26 PM

          Love this idea! Exactly the type of thing I'm looking for, thanks!

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          sandylc RE: bythebay Jul 7, 2012 01:47 PM

          This is amazing:

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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            bythebay RE: sandylc Jul 7, 2012 05:22 PM

            Yum, thank you!

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            bythebay RE: bythebay Dec 6, 2012 06:37 PM

            Just thought I'd update with what I came up with. I made an orange pecan one with chocolate drizzle. Nothing amazingly original but tastes very good!

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              foiegras RE: bythebay Dec 6, 2012 08:02 PM

              I have a shell-shaped plaque (not the madeleine one, more a scallop) that makes beautiful shortbread. I like pecan shortbread because it's so delicious and smells so wonderful. Pistachio shortbread would be pretty for Christmas (ah, I see this has been mentioned already).

              Also have a collection of heart-shaped refrigerator cookie molds (from bridge sets), and shortbread is good from these.

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