Chocolate dipped vanilla bean shortbread

Chocolate dipped vanilla bean shortbread

I don't know what's wrong with me. I've been posting a lot about chocolate, lately. Probably becuase I'm not eating it as often, so I live vicariously through posting about it. Which seems to be working considering I can't remember the last time I ate through an entire bag of chocolate chips in one sitting. Progress, people. Progress.

I made these cookies the day after I came home from having my wisdom teeth extracted. Despite being told I would be in excruciating pain, and wouldn't be able to do anything for several days, I was back to my normal self once the anesthesia wore off. Speaking of the anesthesia, that shit made me crazy. So crazy I told Thom I wanted a cheeseburger as soon as I woke up. And a milkshake. A real milkshake made with milk from that thing that goes moo. I think I also referred to myself as a badass (multiple times) when my doctor informed me of how great I did in surgery. Me on drugs is embarrassing, to say the least.

Chocolate dipped vanilla bean shortbread

Notes: This shortbread recipe is probably one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. The dough comes together within minutes and bakes up perfectly. I didn’t intend on dipping them in chocolate, but I couldn’t resist once I realized how adorable they’d look as half dipped hearts. If you don’t feel like dipping them, you could enjoy the cookies on their own, sans the chocolate. If you want to add additional sugar, feel free to add up to 1/2 cup.

CHOCOLATE DIPPED VANILLA BEAN SHORTBREAD

1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 cups unbleached flour
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla bean, using a hand mixer on high speed, for at least 2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the salt and flour. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 90 minutes.

Line a flat surface with parchment paper and sprinkle lightly with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut dough then transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 20 minutes then bake at 325˚ for 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. While the cookie are cooling, prepare the chocolate by melting it in a double boiler over medium heat (or a microwave). Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate then place back on the wire rack to harden. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies