Chocolate Mocha Shortbread Trees from The Sweet and Simple Kitchen

December 20, 2019
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Photo by The Sweet and Simple Kitchen
  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes 1 batch
Author Notes

This recipe can be easily doubled if desired. I will often double it, and then divide the dough into four equal portions and make the different shortbread cookie variations (which you can find elsewhere on this site) for a nice variety for the holidays. —Food52

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, melted for dipping
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and powdered sugar until pale and fluffy. Whisk together all purpose flour, cocoa powder, rice flour and salt until combined. Add in two additions to the butter mixture and beat on low until combined.
  2. Divide your dough into two parts. Shape each part into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove dough from fridge and allow to warm up for five minutes at room temperature. Lightly flour a dry, cool work surface and use a rolling pin to roll your chilled dough out to ¼ inch thickness.
  4. Take a tree cookie cutter or whatever shape you like, and cut out your shapes. Place the cookie cut outs onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving 1 inch in between each cookie.
  5. Bake at 350F for 9-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  6. Melt a bowl of your favourite dark chocolate and simply drizzle over top of the trees or dip half the cookie and place on a piece of parchment paper to cool. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.
  7. Allow the chocolate to set for thirty minutes at room temperature before serving or place the slices in the fridge for a few minutes to speed up the process.

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