Spiced Shortbread Cookies

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Spiced Shortbread Cookie RecipeI’ll admit, I’m a bit tardy getting this recipe to you.  As apparent from the warm colors and Fall leaves on the background linen, I shot these photos pre-Thanksgiving.  Ignoring the seasonal feel of the photos, this recipe easily transitions right into a cookie perfect for the Winter holidays.  In fact, as far as I’m concerned, this is a year-round keeper.
Spiced Shortbread Cookie RecipeI adapted this recipe from Country Living Magazine, taking the liberty of making a change that I feel definitely enhances this shortbread.  I added the flavor of orange.  I added two teaspoons of orange peel powder to the dough, and drizzled Lindt Excellence Intense Orange Dark chocolate over top of the cooled cookies.  During a recent trip to New York, my daughter took me to a marvelous spice shop.  I went a little crazy, scooping up armfuls of anything unique or unusual that I didn’t already have in my extensive spice cabinet.  (I collect spices like some women collect shoes.)  That spice shop is where I found the orange powder I used in this recipe.  Not to fret if you don’t have this ingredient, just add a teaspoon of grated orange peel in its place.
Spiced Shortbread Cookie RecipeI’m not a calorie counter, nor do I focus on ‘healthy’ when it comes to the sweets I eat.  However,  I’m going out on a limb here and considering this a nutritious cookie since its main ingredient is whole wheat flour.  Maybe ‘nutritious’ is a bit of a stretch, but with that familiar crispy crunchy bite of shortbread, a helping of warm spice, and a hint of citrus, this shortbread cookie has it all going on.
Spiced Shortbread Cookie Recipe





3 thoughts on “Spiced Shortbread Cookies

  1. I have no guilt about enjoying a great cookie! Life is for living with joy! The classic pairing of chocolate and orange is so wonderful in this shortbread. Whole wheat flour adds so much texture and flavor too, a fabulous holiday cookie!

  2. My mother is a collector of spices too, but I’m disappointed to learn she doesn’t own any orange powder 🙁 Even so the cookies look too tempting to pass up, so I’ll grate some zest and keep my fingers crossed 😀

  3. I can imagine how easy it is to get carried away in a spice shop – how intoxicating! I also love how you drizzled the Lindt – the orange is one of my favorites, and such a perfect match for these spices. So beautiful, Mary. I hope you had a lovely holiday and are having a great start to the new year. xo