My love for peppermint hot chocolate knows no bounds, especially when you add booze.
Since I already drink it by the gallon through the month of December, the only way to bring more of it into my life was to create twice as nice Peppermint Hot Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. That way I could, both, eat and drink the flavors of my home. #christmasproblems
You may be looking at this photo and wondering “okay what is she doing?”. The answer is: I’m rolling up a neat little shortbread log. It can be chilled and sliced into perfect, ready-to-bake cookies when spontaneous guests stop by. Or if you’re me, when spontaneous, uncontrolled cookie cravings strike. I’ve actually had some major shortbread fails in the past, so I was determined to create a recipe that would be foolproof for even the most beginner bakers to master – no crumbly dough or sticky messes allowed.
Not to brag, but on the day of this shoot, one of our team members actually asked where I “bought” this roll of cookie dough. That’s right – it rolls out and slices THAT PERFECTLY.
It took me a few tries to get the dough just right, and I will point out that I discovered three crucial keys to success. 1. Give the dough enough time – at least an hour – to chill completely in the fridge before slicing. 2. Don’t slice it too thinly – 1/2-inch thick slices turned out just right for me. 3. Use McCormick Peppermint Extract!
These peppermint hot chocolate shortbread cookies are truthfully the tastiest cookies I’ve ever made. And the final toppings are what make these so festive for the holidays.
Dip them into a (2-ingredient) ganache, then sprinkle crushed peppermint over them. This is a decorating trick that’s easy enough for even the littlest helpers to master. And looks pretty darn professional, if I do say so myself. I will be gifting boxes of these to neighbors and teachers, not to mention let them be my “signature” cookie for the annual cookie swap (did I mention that I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR?).
For today’s post with our friends at McCormick, I created two holiday recipes using their Pure Peppermint Extract, which I use throughout the year, adding a minty kick to smoothies, cocktails, and desserts. Since I’m such a fan of peppermint EVERYTHING, I did a rendition of “Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Naughty (find out why) and Nice (these). Scroll on for the recipe…