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Aunt Arly's Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Updated on August 25, 2016
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Cynthia Haltom, Ph.D. is an accomplished educator and author of over 100 books. Many of her books are about cooking.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Our family has enjoyed Aunt Arly's Christmas shortbread cookies ever since I can remember. I have memories of the kids with chocolate covered faces and smile stretching from ear to ear. Every year we have a cookie night during the holiday season we prepare hot cocoa, tea, coffee and milk and "taste test" cookies all evening. This kids especially enjoy the opportunity to eat their fill of cookies with no restrictions. The event is something we look forward too every year.

Aunt Arlyene call Aunt Arly by the kids has always made her special chocolate dipped shortbread to share. This year she gave me the recipe to share and once you make them you just can't stop eating them. She uses the finest ingredients and never scrimps on the butter. I have always loved these cookies and eaten my fair share over the years. They are delicious any time of the year not just for Christmas. I make throughout the year.

Chocolate Dipping

Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4 cookie lovers


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 milk chocolate bars
  • 1 teaspoons shortening


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with spoon in a large bowl.
  3. Carefully stir in flour.
  4. Divide dough in half
  5. Roll out each half to 1/2 inch thick on lightly floured surface.
  6. Using cookie cutter or sharp knife.
  7. Cut into small rectangular piece approximately 1" x 3" by hand or use cookie cutters.
  8. On an ungreased cookie sheet arrange cookie 1/2 inch apart.
  9. Bake 10 to 18 minutes until slightly golden brown
  10. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack or wax paper.
  11. Cool for at least 30 minutes.
  12. Place broken chocolate bars into a with shortening bowl.
  13. Microwave chocolate and shortening uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes or until melted.
  14. Stir until smooth.
  15. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate.
  16. Place on waxed paper until chocolate has cooled.

Chocolate the Way You Like it

Why not have chocolate the way you like it? I prefer mine on cookies but you can also serve heated chocolate in a fondue pot and let your guest coat his luscious substance on there own treats. Simple melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour it into a traditional fondue pot. Light the flame and voila you have a taste treat people will talk about forever.

You may want to choose to have a platter of freshly cut fruit, or tasty little cake squares or cookies. Maybe you want to have all of the above. Why not it's your party? You can use the fondue forks that come with you pot or you may want to purchase bamboo or wooden sticks or forks for you guest to use for dipping. Clean up will be easy. Simply wipe out your pot with paper towel before it has a change to cool down.

I generally like to keep my guest happy with wonderful treat like these. They are simple to make, but the impact they make at a party is delightful. People who love chocolate will love these treats. Don't forget to try Aunt Arly's Chocolate dipped shortbread cookies, they are wonderful to eat and fantastic for gift giving.

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For the Chocolate Lover in You

If you are a chocolate lover like most people. Chocolate dipping can be used for many different types of cookies as well as fruits, cakes and other delicious treats. Think about all of the delicious desserts you can make by simply dipping an uninteresting dessert into chocolate.

Chocolate covered cherries for example are some the most favored chocolate covered fruit. All you need to make this awesome treat is a jar of Marichino cherries, and a couple of chocolate bars. The kids will love to help you out, just remember to let them lick the bowl when the dipping is complete.

What about pretzels? Another easy to make treat the kids will love to help out on the recipe. Easy to make and fun to eat. You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate. For extra fun try sprinkling some colored sugar, coconut, or baking sprinkle before the chocolate has time to set. These are perfect for the holiday season and brighten up any cookie tray. Serve with hot cocoa, and get a real chocolate fix.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy, these sound great!


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