Chef Jamie's Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Buttery cookies with orange zest and chocolate

December 7, 2012

Chef Jamie says: These delicious, buttery cookies are enhanced by fresh orange zest and topped off with a coating of luscious chocolate.

This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Juice and zest of 1 orange, zest minced
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound dark or milk chocolate, chips or chopped
 
Directions:
Using an electric mixer beat the butter until light and fluffy. 
Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. 
Add the vanilla and almond extracts, orange juice and orange zest and blend well. 
Add the flour and salt and stir just until combined. 
Gather the dough into a ball and split it into 2 even pieces. 
Flatten each half into a disk and wrap individually in plastic wrap.

Refrigerate the dough until firm, about 1 hour.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disk of the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. 
Cut out the cookies using a round cutter or shape of your choice and place the cut-outs on the prepared cookie sheet. Gather the scraps from the dough, re-roll and continue to cut out cookies. 
Repeat with the remaining disk of dough. 
Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. 
Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool to room temperature.

When the cookies are completely cool, melt the chocolate in a shallow bowl. 
Dip each cookie in the melted chocolate to cover half of the cookie. 
Place the dipped cookies on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and chill cookies until the chocolate is hardened. 
Store the cookies in the refrigerator in a airtight container.
 
 
Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author.For the past 13 years, she has brought the best to radio with her weekly Live Radio Show filled with delicious conversation, heard every Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on KFWB News Talk 980 in Southern California and heard worldwide on iTunes and the Internet.

Jamie can also be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM and she can be seen stirring up something delicious on television shows and in print nationwide.

Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on Emeril Live, Martha Stewart and QVC. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website, www.chefjamie.com, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.
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