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Joanna Gaines Shares Her Easy Recipe for Shortbread Cookies

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If your family is like mine, Christmas and Christmas Eve aren't the only holidays to celebrate this week, the days before count too; We consider the 23rd Christmas Eve Eve, and so on and so on. I suspect this is because my family tends to start holiday shut-off mode around the winter solstice, as our minds switch from due dates, shift times, and inbox zero to last-minute shopping, midnight-mass outfit options, and finalizing our Christmas Day menu.

With my family's final preparation for the big day in our household, we're all running around looking for those little things that can impress visitors old and new. So, I'm grateful to see that Fixer Upper star and household maven Joanna Gaines has us covered with a simple holiday recipe for chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies. The recipe was posted on her At Home blog on December 17th, just in time for a pre-Yuletide supermarket trip.

"Nothing says Christmastime quite like a kitchen full of freshly baked cookies, and this year we're putting a little twist on a classic favorite: shortbread cookies!" Gaines writes on her blog on the Gaines' market website, Magnolia. The recipe, from her Amazon bestselling cookbook Magnolia Table, guarantees "to add something fun for the holidays," by "dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling on some festive toppings."

Have you ever resolved to make a beautiful-looking Christmas cookie recipe that looks good on paper, but has an ingredient list with an item number that rivals your niece's Christmas list to Santa? Well, Joanna has got you covered, since her recipe boasts a particularly small commitment of only five ingredients (all-purpose flour, sugar, kosher salt, salted butter, and pure vanilla extract), which to any busy holiday household is a godsend.

To sweeten the deal of her shortbread cookie recipe, Gaines creates a two-ingredient chocolate glaze made from chocolate chips and vegetable shortening. After mixing and melting the glaze in the microwave, the recipe instructs to dip one half of each cookie into the melted chocolate, "let excess drip off, and place on a wire rack or baking sheet lined with parchment paper."

To finish these treats off, the recipe suggests four separate toppings to sprinkle on the cooling glaze: crushed peppermint, crushed toffee and toasted pecans, chopped toasted pistachios, and flaked sea salt, but encourages readers to put their own spin on the cookies. "We listed just a few topping ideas so that you can get creative with any other toppings you'd like to try!" Gaines states.

You can find the recipe on Gaines' At Home blog, and, if you're feeling particularly festive, you can buy a loved one her Magnolia Table cookbook online or wherever books are sold.