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I’ve mentioned many times here on Spiced that I grew up in the South. I was born in Texas, and I’ve lived everywhere from North Carolina to Louisiana. My wife and I now live in upstate New York… which is a long way from the South. Truth be told, upstate New York is beautiful—especially in the summer! (I admit that the winters are a wee bit cold, though.)
Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies
But as we head into the Christmas season, this is the time of the year that I really miss my family. My family still lives down in Texas and Tennessee, and road trips to either state are pretty much impossible this time of the year. But that’s where these Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies come in. Shortbread cookies are my grandmother’s favorite cookie of all-time, and I love sending her little holiday care packages from upstate New York.
One of my favorite memories from childhood is going to visit my grandparents in East Texas. My grandmother is a pretty darned good baker herself, and she would always meet us at the door with a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. (To this day, I still haven’t found another chocolate chip cookie like hers…and I’ve eaten a lot of cookies!)
Since I grew up in Charleston, SC, it was a pretty big deal to make the trip all the way over to Palestine, Texas. I vividly remember reading Stephen King’s The Shining on the plane trip over to visit them when I was in 6th grade. (Seriously!? What kid reads The Shining in 6th grade?) My uncle and aunt would always come over to visit, too, and that’s when I first learned about 52 Card Pick-Up. I can’t wait until my new niece is old enough to play that game. Of course, there were always plenty of cookies around…and since I was at grandma’s house, I could eat as many as I wanted!
Just a couple of months ago, we moved my grandmother into an assisted living facility. Until this past October, she had lived in the same house for over 50 years. You can probably imagine how hard it was to make the decision to move her into assisted living. Caring for loved ones can definitely lead to challenges.
My grandfather passed away several years ago, and my grandmother has been living all by herself since then. In recent years, her health has declined significantly, and ultimately my family made the tough decision that an assisted living facility would be safer for her. She still isn’t a big fan of the change, and it’s been tough on everyone. But this was a decision that we made with her best interest at heart, and we all know it was the right one. Aging parents and grandparents is a fairly common problem in the US these days, and I’m guessing that many of you have wrestled with the same problem. How do you provide continuing love and support to your family?
I have some pretty great memories of my grandparents, and I only wish I was able to visit more often. Since I can’t get down there to visit her during the holidays, I decided to send my grandmother a little care package. Shortbread cookies are her favorite dessert, so I included a batch of my shortbread cookies for her. (I find it extremely gratifying to be able to repay the cookie kindness that she showed to me all through my childhood!) I also added a book-on-tape (err, DVD) and some other holiday goodies. Although it’s not the same as going to visit, at least I can let my grandmother know that I’m thinking about her during the holidays!
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Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
- 3 ounces white chocolate finely chopped
- red and green sanding sugar
- Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes on medium speed).
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and flour. Mix on low speed until a stiff dough forms. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Roll the dough out to ~1/2” thickness. Cut cookies into 1”x3” rectangles and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Using a small fork, prick the tops of the cookies in several places.
- Place sheet pan in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Bake at 325°F for 26-28 minutes, or until edges of cookies turn light brown. Let cookies cool fully before dipping.
- Place the semi-sweet chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has fully melted.
- Using an offset spatula, spread the melted chocolate onto the end of the cookies. Place on a cooling rack and sprinkle with red and green sanding sugar. Let cookies cool until chocolate has hardened (~20 minutes).
- Repeat process with the white chocolate and remaining undipped cookies.
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