Amaretto Shortbread Cookies With a Christmas Twist

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Introduction: Amaretto Shortbread Cookies With a Christmas Twist

Holidays and family gatherings always are fulfilled with happiness, food, desserts, cookies and.. stress for sure. I can bet you’ll find yourself in the kitchen craving something sweet or wanting to make a gift for a good friend at least once these Holidays, and this super simple recipe could be one amazing opportunity to impress your grandma and even rich aunt Margaret.

For the cookies you’ll need:

2 1/2 cups (300g) flour

1 cup (220g) soft butter

3/4 cup (100g) powdered sugar

1 tbs Amaretto liquer (or vanilla extract)

For decorating you’ll need:

1/3 cup (70g) heavy cream

1 cup (170g) white chocholate

1 tsp Christmas spice

Sprinkles and edible glitter powder

This recepie is as simple as kneading dough ingridients into a ball, letting it rest, melting glaze ingridients together, baking cookies at 180C for 13 minutes and decorating them, but if you have lust to read a lot more extended instructions, follow me trough the steps and I can guarantee, you’ll bake the best looking cookies on the family table.

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Step 1: Make the Dough

Start with putting flour, softened butter, powdered sugar and Amaretto liquer into a bowl. For the best results I suggest using stand mixer, but even your biggest plastic bowl will work amazing. This recipe is so easy, that you don’t have a lot of opportunities to mess something up except for one thing - butter temperature. This recipe calls for using softened butter. If you forget to take it out of the fridge few hours before making cookies, don’t worry, just cut it into small pieces and put it in the microwave for 30 secs and try not to melt it. When it’s done, mix all together on low to medium speed. If using your big plastic bowl, just use your hands until mixture comes together and is well corporated.

Step 2: Knead and Chill

Now it’s time to take the dough out of the bowl and knead it into a ball. Don’t forget to flour the working surface, otherwise dough will stick to it and turn all the cookie making experience frustrating. When the dough stops cracking and becomes as a smooth sphere, wrap plastic wrap around and put the dough in fridge for 30 mins to chill, because nobody likes working without a coffee break.

Step 3: Christmas Spice Glaze

While the dough (and you) are resting, make the Christmas glaze. Just put white chocolate, heavy cream and ground Christmas spice (it even could be hotwine spice) into a small pot and melt it over the stove while mixing until smooth and runny. Pour it in a piping bag (your ziplock bag will work fine as well) and let it rest.

Step 4: Bake the Cookies

Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out about 6 mm thick. You know what to do next - choose your best cookie cutters, press them into the dough and put the cookies on a lined sheetpan. Now your cookie army is ready to go sunbathing at 180C (350F) for about 13 mins. Watch them closely as they tend to turn brown quickly. Even if they seem a little underbaked, they will harden while cooling down.

Step 5: Make the Magic

And now it’s THE time. Cut off a tiny corner of the piping bag (or ziplock bag), squeeze the icing back and forth until it looks nice, then find your best sprinkles and simply sprinkle them on. Don’t overload, so the cookies look neat and elegant. Now let the magic happen - dust each cookie with edible glitter powder. And this is it, your cookies look simple and neat yet elegant - just the way a cookie should look like.

Step 6: Surprise Your Grandma

Arrange them in a nice little box filled with lovely notes or just put them on the Christmas table for everyone to enjoy. And this is how you become grandmas most beloved grandchild!

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    13 Discussions

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    mzmclady
    mzmclady

    5 weeks ago

    Amaretto shortbread-sound scrumptious.
    I thought, I do have Sambuva ...
    I’ll try it and let you know...
    Next time at the liqueur store, I’ll have to pick up some Amaretto.

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    Tamarahnut
    Tamarahnut

    6 weeks ago

    Sound and look delicious!! Do you think these would work in a cookie press??

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    Cookizane
    Cookizane

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thank you! I've never used cookie press before so I don't really know. If you try, let me know! :)

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    5 weeks ago

    I love it - you had me at Amaretto! Ha ha!... Beautiful decorations on simple shortbread - really dresses them up.

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    Cookizane
    Cookizane

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thank you, Jeanniel!

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    mrhird
    mrhird

    Question 6 weeks ago

    What is Christmas spice? Would it be like pumpkin pie spice?

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    Cookizane
    Cookizane

    Answer 6 weeks ago

    Hi! Christmas spice is quite similar to pumpkin pie spice, but there are some differencies. Christmas spice contains of ground cinnamon, dried orange peel, cloves, cardamon, nutmeg, ginger and coriander. I’ve heard that in America Christmas spice is hard to find, so pumpkin pie spice with addition of cardamon will work fine as well!

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    mrhird
    mrhird

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thanks! They sound delicious. I look forward to trying them

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    attosa
    attosa

    6 weeks ago

    Impressive cookies and photos :D I want to eat these

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    Cookizane
    Cookizane

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thank you so much! You should definately try them out!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    6 weeks ago

    They look great and I haven't heard of that glaze but it sounds good!

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    Cookizane
    Cookizane

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thank you very much, Penelopy! Your words means a lot to me!