I’ve got a dirty little secret to share.
When I was little, my absolute favorite cookies in the whole entire world were those Keebler fudge striped cookies. They were perfect—buttery vanilla shortbread rounds with chocolate bottoms and rich fudge stripes.
You know exactly what I’m talking about.
For awhile now (the past 20 years), I’ve been wanting to recreate the beloved fudge striped cookies of my childhood. These cookies are those. Granted, they aren’t exactly like the Keebler kind, but they come pretty darn close.
The shortbread is traditional and very flaky and buttery, while the chocolate is rich and smooth. What else could you ask for?
If you want, you could dip these in melted chocolate so they have chocolate bottoms just like the Keebler kind, but I chose to just do the stripes this time. For no other reason other than I ran out of chocolate!
I know. I know.
I don’t even know who I am anymore.
I happen to think these heal just about anything. But then, I think that about anything with chocolate.
And pulled pork.
Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies
shortbread recipe adapted from The Food Network
makes about 2 dozen cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup good quality semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together the softened butter and sugar either using a mixer or a wooden spoon. Add the flour, salt and vanilla and mix until a soft dough comes together.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for thirty minutes.
After chilling, roll dough into a log and gently slice 1/2-inch cookies. Place cookies on a lined cookie tray and bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
To make the chocolate, pour the semisweet chips into a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds intervals until creamy and smooth, mixing well after each interval. Scoop warm melted chocolate into a small plastic bag and cut the tip off the bag. Drizzle the chocolate over each cookie and let cool to harden.