This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious. You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze the leftovers.
1 cup soft butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Mix first butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Add flour and salt to the mixture. Blend until just combined. Do not overwork dough.
Mae’s shortbread is a recipe that my mom received from a close friend when I was little. My mom took the recipe and made it into a special treat for holidays. She’d meticulously cut out shapes of birds, bells and trees. These days I just roll the dough in a log and cut into disks for when I need a quick treat for friends and family.
Christmas chip cookies use rainbow Christmas chips for a unique flavour. They’re a little sweeter than your average chocolate chip cookie and the dough is soft and tender. They’re great with hot cocoa or cider.