Today is Saint Nicholas Day and Arik couldn’t have been more excited to go look in his boot. If you are unfamiliar with this holiday tradition, allow me to explain. So, on the night of Dec. 5th, kids will put their boot out in front of the door before going to bed. Then, sometime in the night, St. Nicholas comes and either fills their boot with gifts and candy or with a stick depending on if they were good or not that year.
It seems St. Nick was lenient this year and chose to overlook a few moments and situations and filled Arik’s boot with a puzzle, some candy and these shortbread cookies.
Most people living in the States shouldn’t have a problem finding toffee bits at their local grocery store. I on the other hand, had some issues here in Berlin, so I ended up using hazelnut croquant pieces, which is an amazing alternative if you can find it. If you can’t find either you could try making your own toffee bits using this recipe. Regardless of whether you use toffee or croquant bits, you should definitely try out these shortbread cookies this holiday season. With only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes of time required, how could you not?!
- 8 tablespoons/1 stick/115g butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup/25g powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup/115g all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons toffee bits
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
- Stir in flour and salt by hand just until combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips and toffee bits.
- Place dough in the refrigerator and begin preheating the oven to 350℉/175℃ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Once oven is ready, remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into 1-inch/2.5cm balls. Place on cookie sheet about 1 inch/2.5cm apart and press down lightly with the palm of your hand on each one.
- Bake cookies for about 12-14 minutes until cookies are firm and golden brown around the edges.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool on sheet for 5 minutes and then place the cookies on a rack to cool completely.
Recipe from MyRecipes.com