Every bite of these easy-to-make cookies will melt in your mouth. Go the traditional route and decorate with glacé cherries or use a piping bag and star tip to pipe the dough into pretty rosettes.
Portion size28 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
1 1/3 cup
pecan halves (optional)
per cookie: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate8 g
In large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in icing sugar until very fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions to form soft dough.
Drop by 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Or roll into balls and use fork tines to flatten and make indentations on the top of each cookie. Or fill piping bag fitted with star tip and pipe dough into rosettes. Top with cherry or pecan half, if desired.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 12 minutes.
Let cool completely on pans.
(Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.) Change it up: Double-Chocolate Whipped Shortbread Reduce flour to 1 1/4 cups. Whisk 1/4 cup cocoa powder into dry ingredients. Before scooping, stir 1 cup dark chocolate chips into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Cherry Almond Whipped Shortbread Substitute vanilla with 1/4 tsp almond extract. Before scooping, stir 1/2 cup chopped glacé cherries into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Customize your cookies by decorating with nuts, melted chocolate, sprinkles or chocolate-covered sunflower seeds!
These citrus-packed chewy treats make the perfect holiday dessert. Use wet hands when shaping your macaroons to avoid a mess.
Prep time30 minutes
Total time1 hour & 30 minutes
unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 1/4 teaspoon
grated clementine zest
(about 2 oz), melted
Per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate9 g
In bowl, whisk coconut with 1 tsp of the clementine zest. Set aside.
In food processor, pulse clementines until finely chopped.
In small saucepan, bring clementines and 1/4 cup of the sugar to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches jam-like consistency and is reduced by half, about 7 minutes. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In large bowl, beat together egg whites, remaining sugar and cornstarch until foamy. Stir in coconut mixture and clementine mixture. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
Roll by 1 tbsp into balls. Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 300°F oven until bottoms are light golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on pans.
Drizzle with white chocolate; sprinkle with remaining clementine zest. Refrigerate until white chocolate is set, about 10 minutes. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
These crisp, light and nutty cookies make an impressive addition to any sweets tray. Draping the still-warm cookies over a greased rolling pin creates their signature curve; for a more subtle curve, use a wider-barrelled rolling pin, and for a more exaggerated shape, use a narrow one.
Prep time1 hour & 15 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Per cookie: about
Total fat2 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate5 g
In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt; cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in flour and almonds. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
From batter, form six 1-tsp balls. Arrange, 3 inches apart, on silicone baking mat or parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. (If mixture becomes too soft, refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.) Bake in 350°F oven until golden, flat and bubbly, about 8 minutes. Let cool on mat for 90 seconds.
Working quickly, use small spatula to lift cookies and drape over lightly greased rolling pin. Let cool just until firm, about 5 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter; if necessary, refrigerate dough between batches to firm up. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can also use this recipe to make cigar cookies. Instead of draping the cookies over a rolling pin, use the lightly greased handle of a wooden spoon.