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Squirrel Cookies. #44: 2011

Posted in on a + note by Admin on December 19, 2011


It’s Christmas, and instead of blogging about library land, I have been testing shortbread cookie recipes! After several attempts, I have selected this year’s pick of the litter.

Squirrel Shortbread Cookies

 1½ c. butter, right out of the fridge!

½ c. white sugar

½ c. light brown sugar

1 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3 c. all-purpose flour

½ c. rice flour or cornstarch

1/4 tsp. salt

6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 Tbsp. butter

 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat together 1½ cups butter, roughly chopped, and sugars for 2 minutes.  Add vanilla, and beat another minute. In a medium bowl, combine flours and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix on low speed 2 to 3 minutes until it starts to clump tougher like dough. Dump onto parchment paper, shape into a flat disk, wrap in the parchment paper, and chill for 20 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick, and cut into 3- by-1-inch fingers (I used a ruler to do this). Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet, and using a fork, prick each cookie. Refrigerate for another 20 minutes.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. (I put them outside on the barbeque. Except for the squirrels,  it works quite well.)

Melt the chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter in a glass bowl over hot (not boiling) water. When completely melted, dip the cookies in the chocolate (1/3 chocolate, 2/3 cookie) Let drip for a minute, and return to the wire rack to set. Store in an airtight container.

Serve on a glass plate with a spring of fresh holly or a Christmas ornament.

Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!

Kitty Pope                                                                                           #45 December 2011


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  1. Thanks for the nice recipe and a Merry Christmas to you and your staff. Myself, I prefer to feed the squirrels peanuts! ;-P


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