Espresso Walnut Shortbread Cookies- Day 9

Here is a SCRUMPTIOUS cookie to add to your baking list guys!! These Espresso Walnut Shortbread Cookies are your favorite cookies but all grown up!! The cookie dough itself has espresso powder and walnuts mixed in and then is smothered with a dark chocolate ganache…I mean can we say YUM?! I am so so happy that Jami from An Oregon Cottage shared this recipe with me so I could pass it on to all of you, it will become a new favorite and a cookie you will make year after year!  Just look at these beauties:

A delicious grown-up Shortbread Cookie that is full of espresso and walnuts and smothered in a chocolate ganache!

A delicious grown-up Shortbread Cookie that is full of espresso and walnuts and smothered in a chocolate ganache!

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The nice thing about this Espresso Walnut Shortbread Cookie is the amount of variations you can do!! I already have tons of ideas running through my head…you can change it up and do a nice Dulce de Leche cream in the middle and incorporate almonds or pecans into the dough for a nice twist, or if you want to keep it the same and make it a little more “Christmasy” you can use white chocolate for the drizzle and sprinkle with red and green sugars! The possibilities are really endless! Give em a try and be sure to let me know what you think!

Espresso Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Espresso Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

    Shortbread:
  • 1 c. butter
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 2¼ c. flour
  • ½ c. finely chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder (or regular instant coffee)
  • ½ tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • Ganache Filling:
  • 1 c. dark chocolate chips, plus extra for chocolate drizzle
  • 3 TB. butter

Instructions

  1. Follow along for all 13 Days of our Baking Frenzy!
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ESPRESSO WALNUT SHORTBREAD COOKIES:
FULL COOKING INSTRUCTIONS from an oregon cottage



Candy Cane Cookies – Day 7

A delicious Candy Cane Cookie, perfectly soft and drizzled with white chocolate, it is the perfect cookie for dipping in your hot cocoa!

A delicious Candy Cane Cookie, perfectly soft and drizzled with white chocolate, it is the perfect cookie for dipping in your hot cocoa!

Today’s cookie is a lovely addition from Gina over at Kleinworth & Co that will definitely brighten up your cookie trays! It is a soft Candy Cane Cookie that is drizzled in white chocolate and coated in crushed candy cane pieces. It is loaded with peppermint flavor and a perfect cookie for dipping in a cup of hot cocoa!

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I mean, come on right?! Don’t they just look so yummy?! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get baking, and I am betting you have 90% of the ingredients on hand right now…follow along for the recipe below! Be sure to make a double batch so you have enough for yourself as well as gifting!

Candy Cane Cookies – Day 7

Candy Cane Cookies – Day 7

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Topping
  • ¼ cup crushed candy cane crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted white chocolate

Instructions

  1. See site for instructions and the follow along for full 13 Days of Christmas Baking!
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get the full baking instructions at kleinworth & co: Click here!

What do you think so far guys?! We are a week into our Christmas Baking Frenzy, with only 6 days left!!! Have you made any of the goodies yet?! What are your favorites?? I hope you’ll come back tomorrow and check out what is in store!


Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites – Day 1

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Okay guys I can’t even pretend to hide my EXCITEMENT that the 13 Days of Christmas Baking is back!!!!! I have literally been thinking up ideas and baking away for the past 365 days in preparation for this years list…and I even have some fellow bloggers along this year to share a cookie or two from their recipe box! Are you excited now!? I know, Christmas is still a few weeks away, but guys so many of these goodies can be made far in advance so you can freeze them and put them away for your Christmas trays (woohoo, anything to save time closer to the holidays and I am one happy girl).

So, be sure to follow along for the next couple of weeks to see all 13 Days of Christmas Baking and let me know which goodies you make!! I will also be sharing a few gift ideas and guides to make your Holiday Season even more stress free (you’re welcome)…and if you are like me, you have a TON of people to make trays for, I will be sharing some VITAL tips for packaging and sending your cookies away for their journey.

 

So, are you ready to get baking?! Today’s goodie is a delicious Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bite (adapted from Restless Chipotle). It is so easy to make, literally it takes 10 minutes to put together (plus chill time) and it will blow your mind! The peanut butter mixes with the pretzels to give a nice crunchy texture and then is covered in a delicious milk chocolate coating, sending your taste buds into Elf Town! Mmm! I tested out the recipe and made enough to bring to a family event, where they were DEVOURED…everyone is still asking me to make them again, but they will have to wait for their Christmas trays!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature.
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pretzels
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Mix peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and Confectioner’s sugar in stand mixture until smooth
  2. Slowly pour in the pretzels and graham cracker crumbs and mix until combined
  3. Form small sized balls using your hands (about 1" diameter) and place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Freeze until very firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Melt the chocolate with shortening in a microwave safe bowl (check every 15-20 seconds and stir to ensure the chocolate doesn't burn)
  6. Dip the balls in the chocolate.
  7. Place back on cookie sheet and into the fridge to firm up.
  8. You can then transfer into truffle cups for a nicer display for gift giving!
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tips and tricks for the perfect “truffle” bites
  • You will have “chunks” from the peanut butter and pretzels (when mixing), but you want to make sure it is evenly mixed throughout
  • Rinse and repeat! You will have to rinse your hands a couple of times while working them into balls, this will prevent them from sticking to the peanut buttery mess on your palms
  • Place the dipped bites into the freezer to firm them up quicker if you are short on time, and then place into decorative truffle cups for gifting!
  • If you aren’t giving (or eating) these right away you can put them in a sealed freezer-safe container for up to 8 weeks and pull them out 30 minutes before serving (this way they can come up to room temperature)

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