Monday, March 22, 2010

Easter Stamped Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

I am posting, for the first time, at Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays here:
I am also posting at Tasty Tuesday here:

These are super easy and fun to make.  There is no chilling or rolling of dough.  The brown sugar adds a slight caramel flavor and if you don't overbake them, they are soft.  This is very fun to do with kids!  You will need cookie stamps like I have pictured below.  These stamps are from Wilton;  I believe they have discontinued some of their cookie stamps, but they are still available on E-bay.  You can also buy ceramic stamps from the Rycraft Company here.  They have an incredible selection of ceramic stamps.

1 cup softened butter -- do not use margarine
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
White, milk, or dark chocolate for dipping.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Beat the butter and both sugars with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla, then beat in the salt.  On low speed, gradually beat in the flour just until incorporated.  Roll dough into balls and stamp on cookie sheet.  You may need to dip the stamp in powdered sugar if you are having sticking problems.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Watch carefully so that you don't overbake!  I love a moist shortbread.  Cool cookies on wire rack. After cooling you can melt chocolate in the microwave and spread chocolate on the backs of the cookies with a knife or small spatula or dip the backs in a bowl of chocolate.  Place on wire rack until chocolate dries.  This recipe makes almost 2 dozen cookies.

Cookies Cooling on Rack

Chocolate Drying

This recipe has been slightly adapted from a recipe contained in Mary Engelbreit's "Tis the Season Holiday Cookbook."  I made the shortbread into individual cookies and added the chocolate on the back.  You can purchase this book at Amazon here:.

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The Sewing and Knitting Loft said...

I love to make things with brown sugar. These cookies sound delicious and I will try the recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!


Taija said...

Those look/sound delish! I'm bookmarking this recipe!

Unknown said...

YUMMO Joni...these look terrific :)

Please pop over and help me celebrate my 100th post and enter in for the giveaway :)


Kaysi said...

How fun are those, my kids would love them and eat them all up!

Two Minute Takes said...

First time over on your "couch" Loving what I'm seeing, your blog is so pretty. Thanks for visiting my cookie site. You are welcome, along with your fellow blogging friends to join us this weekend over at Amen Corners for our inaugural Picture Perfect Weekends blog link-up. Love to have you :)

Anonymous said...

These cookies are so pretty! Thank you so much for the recipe and also for the link to purchase the stamps. They would look beautiful on any tea table. I hope you have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Those are cute, and I love shortbread cookies.

Brenda said...

What a fun recipe and great idea. I love your red couch!

Melinda said...

I've never tried brown sugar in sugar cookies - but it sounds wonderful!

The Tablescaper said...

These look so good. I have several cookie stamps but don't think I've ever made them. I'm making note of this recipe and will give them a try.

- The Tablescaper

trooppetrie said...

That is a cute idea, I should try it

MrsJenB said...

Oooh, I'm not sure what I like more about this - the cute stamps, the shortbread or the chocolate. Put it all together and you have a winner in my book! :-)

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Hi Joni. Thanks for linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. The cookie recipe sounds great and the Easter cookies look great. Thanks again for joining us.