· By Frankie Cannata-Bowman
Kiya's Famous Dark Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies
Cooookie time! This time last year we were hosting our annual "Holiday Cookie Swap" community event- basically a cookie pot-luck where nobody judges you for eating all the cookies. 😜 #Covidchristmas still has us baking up a storm, but thinking about spreading the cookie love, not the Covid. So we are hopping on the mail train, because literally EVERYONE needs a cookie right now.
We want you to know that you don’t have to be nervous about mailing your baked goods this year. We're here to impart tricks and tips to get your sweets to their destination in one piece! Scroll to the bottom to check out Kiya's recipe for the perfect shortbread cookies embellished with dark chocolate and orange flavor. Not only are they freakin delicious, but they travel extremely well! 🍪✈️ And now, without further a do, let's get those cookies in the mail and on their way to family and friends!
- Choose the right cookies!👉 Sturdy sweets like gingerbread, bar cookies, truffles, rugelach, macaroons, and fudge travel well and have a longer shelf life. If you want to include softer cookies like chocolate chip, shortbread, sugar or chocolate crinkle, make them thicker and smaller and they’ll be less likely to break!
- Making holiday shaped sugar cookies? 👉Go for round or square shapes like ornaments or presents. Santa’s a delicate man and his arms are very likely to fall off! We recommend that you stay away from more problematic shapes like candy canes, gingerbread men and stars.
- Packaging your cookies 👉 Plastic is your friend and air is not. Cling wrap and plastic sandwich bags are great, but make sure you squeeze any air out. This will help keep your cookies stay fresh and snug! You can package multiple cookies together, but don’t over do it and definitely don’t mix flavors. Sometimes it helps to refrigerate your cookies before packaging, so they harden before stacking.
- Choose the right box👉 You don’t want a lot of room for the cookies to shift around but you do want room for some cushioning materials. The best way we’ve found is to line the inside of your box with small bubble wrap. Put a good layer of crinkle paper shreds on the bottom, tuck in your cookies in a single layer. Cookies can touch and if using plastic wrap, the packages will hold themselves in place. Then a another layer of crinkle shreds on top! If you want to be extra extra careful you can put your wrapped cookies in bubbles wrap envelopes and then use soft padding in the box
And onto the cookies...
Dark Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies
*Adapted from Alison Roman’s “cookies that broke the internet”
These cookies are going to rock your Christmas stockings off! The combination of floral orange and deep dark chocolate together are unbelievably divine.🙌 The sharpness of the orange and the richness of the chocolate are brought together in buttery, salty-sweet goodness in this unique shortbread cookie recipe. These darlings carry complex, elegant flavor- and with so few ingredients!
Share them with lucky friends and family, or make a batch to store in the freezer for tea time or a rainy day.