Candy Cane Shortbread

Are you looking for a quick and easy-yet-festive treat to make for those holiday cookie plates? These easy shortbread cookie bars are exactly what you’ve been looking for! This recipe takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking, and then another 10 minutes to drizzle on the chocolate and crushed peppermint.

These Easy Shortbread Cookie Bars are rich and buttery, and pair perfectly with the sweet chocolate and cool peppermint bits.

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Are you looking for a quick and easy-yet-festive treat to make for those holiday cookie plates? This Candy Cane Shortbread is the recipe you’re looking for. It takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking, and then another 10 minutes to drizzle on the chocolate and crushed peppermint.

Ingredients for Candy Cane Shortbread

Similar to the Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies that Mia shared last year, this recipe for Easy Shortbread Cookie Bars only has a handful of very basic ingredients. You probably already have most of these on hand!

Pro Tip: anytime you make a recipe with a short list of ingredients, it’s especially important to make them really high-quality ingredients. These are the brands we recommend using for this recipe to ensure the best results.

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Are you looking for a quick and easy-yet-festive treat to make for those holiday cookie plates? This Candy Cane Shortbread is the recipe you’re looking for. It takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking, and then another 10 minutes to drizzle on the chocolate and crushed peppermint.

 

What is the Best Chocolate to Use for Drizzling?

I really like using a high-quality chocolate bar for drizzling. Something like this Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Baking Bar is perfect. It melts beautifully, drizzles like a dream, and hardens quickly. However, it does have a high butterfat content (which is what makes it smooth and delicious). This means it will melt easily in your hands or in a slightly warm kitchen.

Which isn’t a deal breaker, but if you need to make sure that the chocolate drizzle stays hard once it’s cooled, I suggest using Ghirardelli Chocolate Wafer Melts. This is the same kind of chocolate you would use to dip truffles or candy (assuming you’re not tempering your own chocolate, which I 100% NEVER do). It’s a little bit more waxy than baking chocolate, but it still tastes good and won’t melt in your hands.

 

Are you looking for a quick and easy-yet-festive treat to make for those holiday cookie plates? This Candy Cane Shortbread is the recipe you’re looking for. It takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking, and then another 10 minutes to drizzle on the chocolate and crushed peppermint.

 

What’s the Difference Between a Sugar Cookie and Shortbread?

Even though both recipes have similar foundations in terms of ingredients, there are notable differences in the creation process and in the final product (as anyone who has tried both knows)! The most significant difference that contributes to both taste and texture is that sugar cookies always include some type of leavening ingredient, usually baking powder. This makes them light and fluffy.

Without a leavening agent, butter shortbread is dense with a rich, almost toffee-like flavor. Some shortbread recipes will incorporate vegetable shortening or oil in addition to the butter, which will make a crispy, crunchy cookie instead soft and dense.

The recipe below will make thick, chewy, buttery bars that are insanely delicious. The edges are just a little crispy, but the insides are soft. 

Are you looking for a quick and easy-yet-festive treat to make for those holiday cookie plates? This Candy Cane Shortbread is the recipe you’re looking for. It takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking, and then another 10 minutes to drizzle on the chocolate and crushed peppermint.

Are you looking for a quick and easy-yet-festive treat to make for those holiday cookie plates? This Candy Cane Shortbread is the recipe you’re looking for. It takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time before baking, and then another 10 minutes to drizzle on the chocolate and crushed peppermint.

Candy Cane Shortbread

Yield: 20 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This cookie is rich and buttery, and it pairs perfectly with the sweet chocolate and cool peppermint bits.

Ingredients

  • butter
  • Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • high quality dark chocolate
  • crushed candy canes

Instructions

Click here for the FULL RECIPE on the Dixie Crystal's website.

 

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Ashton and Keaton began blogging together in 2016 as a passion project. Both siblings are lovers of food, family gatherings, and entrepreneurial pursuits, which made starting a food blog together a no-brainer. Mia married into the family in 2019 and joined Keat’s Eats shortly afterwards, bringing her INCREDIBLE Italian Macarons with her.