Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Candy Cane Kissed Shortbread Cookies #FantasticalFoodFight

This month for our Fantastical Food Fight we are all bringing our version of Shortbread Cookies to the table.  I love shortbread so this challenge was just up my alley even though I just spent 12 whole days baking Christmas cookies from around the world.

During the travels many of the cookies were based on shortbread which is simply a rich, buttery cookie made of butter, flour and sugar.  Shortbread typically have no eggs included in the recipe.  The recipe I am sharing today includes cream cheese, which is not typical, but is very delicious.

Life doesn't get much easier or much sweeter than these tender, melt in your mouth cookie topped with a Candy Cane Kiss.  Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Candy Cane Kissed Shortbread Cookies

1 lb. butter, room temperature
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, room temperature
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
4 c. flour
pinch of salt
Candy Cane Kisses

In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the sugar and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.  Gradually add the flour and salt to the butter mixture on low speed until combined.   Refrigerate the dough for 15-20 minutes to make it easier to work with.  Roll a rounded tablespoon of dough into a ball and top with a Candy Cane Kiss, pressing down into  the dough.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375* oven for 8-10 minutes until bottom is light golden brown.

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  1. These looks so cute and festive! What a great idea!

  2. Oh these are speaking to me! I may have to go out and find some candy cane kisses and whip up a batch. Or Two!

  3. Merry Christmas to you Wendy! These look simple, festive, and delicious!

  4. My MIL always makes "kissy cookies" at the holidays, love this version to make it extra festive.

    1. Thanks Lauren. Your MIL and I are probably in the same age bracket so we think alike.

  5. Ohhh! I love the idea of adding cream cheese! And I love those peppermint kisses too! Sounds inspired!


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