Christmas is just around the corner and for me that means plenty of Christmas baking! Even though Christmas may not be a big deal in my family, I will jump at any excuse to create cute festive desserts to share with those important to me.
These simple soft chocolate shortbread cookies disguised as adorable British Christmas puddings are a cheerful way to show appreciation to your loved ones. Let them know you’re thankful for them ‘pudding’ up with you, even through the tough times.
Christmas Pudding Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- Circular cookie cutter
- White royal icing
- Zip-top bag
- Jumbo holly mix sprinkles (or round red sprinkles + leaf sprinkles)
- Black royal icing (optional)
- Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Then add in egg until just combined.
- Add in cocoa powder and cornstarch, then slowly add flour until a dough forms. Add more flour if needed, just to ensure the dough pulls away from the side of the mixing bowl.
- Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line trays with baking paper. Roll out dough to approximately 1/2-inch thick and use circle cutter to cut out cookies.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes (it will be a little longer if cookies are larger), then transfer onto a cooling rack.
- Prepare a zip-top bag with royal icing and cut a small whole on the corner to create a piping bag.
- When the cookies have completely cooled, pipe the white royal icing onto the top 1/3 of the cookies to resemble a drip. While icing is still wet, place 2-3 mini red sprinkles in the top center and 2 leaf sprinkles on either side of them to resemble holly.
- Optional: using black royal icing with a thin tip, draw cute faces onto the cookies for extra detailing!
Note: These cookies are best stored in an airtight container outside of the fridge. They’re best if eaten within 1 week, but will keep for up to 3 weeks.