Holiday Shortbread

Studded with finely minced candied ginger, these lightly sweetened shortbread cookies are gently spiced and perfect for your holiday cookie plate.

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  • Servings: 30 cookies

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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced candied ginger
  • 1 tablespoons turbinado sugar

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the salt, ginger, cardamom and black pepper. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the butter with the confectioner’s sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients until only a few streaks of flour remain. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the candied ginger. (The dough will be crumbly.)

  2. Transfer the dough to a large sheet of plastic wrap and pat into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap tightly and freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325°. Unwrap the dough and place between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick and slide onto a rimmed baking sheet; freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.

  4. Remove the top sheet of parchment and slide the chilled dough onto a work surface. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Using a 2-inch star cookie cutter (or other cookie cutters as desired), cut out about 30 cookies, rerolling the scraps once. Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.

  5. Sprinkle the dough with the turbinado sugar and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until the shortbread are lightly golden brown around the edges. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Make Ahead

The holiday shortbread cookies can keep in an airtight container at room temperature for about 1 week.

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