My daughter Sophie is fairly certain she has a special “in” with the The Clauses. She is not wrong.
For the past few years her big Christmas wish is for Mrs. Claus to make her special cookies. Her most recent request reads: “red velvet snowflake cookies with blue chocolate dots and glitter”
Sophie is fully confident Mrs. Clause will bake a unique batch for her and her alone to enjoy. Again, she is not wrong.
I absolutely love to bring my daughter’s imaginations to life. It’s a big part of preserving the magic of Christmas. I intend to do just that, one batch of cookies at a time.
I found a recipe by Diamonds for Dessert for Red Velvet Shortbread Fireplace cookies. They are amazing. The diagram for dissecting gummy bears is reason enough to check out her post. You can find it here.
I used her recipe with my snowflake cookie cutters. It’s a great forgiving dough and a tasty shortbread. A printable version of the recipe follow this post.
I dipped the tops of the cookies in melted white chocolate. The chocolate naturally made beautiful ridges and twists to the snow flake designs.
I added edible glitter and petite blue fondant balls to the cookies in Sophie’s special batch. Mini M&M’s would have been a better choice, but I use what I have on hand. In this case I had fondant, not M&Ms.
I added a red and green Christmas sprinkles to make holly berries to give as gifts to our adult friends.
Sophie of course was thrilled Mrs. Clause created cookies just as she had imagined them.
My thrill was in watching her open her magical gift of cookies sent, seemingly, from the top of the globe.
- 1¼ cups flour
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, diced up
- 1 tbsp red food coloring
- Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.
- Cut the butter into the mixture until it forms crumbs.
- Add in the red food coloring and mix till evenly distributed.
- Gather the dough and sandwich it between two pieces of plastic wrap. Chill 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Roll out the dough to ¼" thick.
- Cut dough into shapes.
- Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheets.
- Chill the sheets in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack.