I'll be honest, I really didn't feel like baking last night. But I promised that I'd do a Holiday Treats special, and I realized I haven't posted much (just one so far) and Christmas is literally just around the corner (3 days!). So from a list of ideas that I've had, I went for the easiest, quickest one. But that just adds to the awesomeness of this cookie! It's so easy that it makes it that much more delicious. I even left the big stand mixer inside my cupboard and busted out my spatula and my arm (and Andrew's arm) to show you how simple and low-maintenance this cookie is.
I know this cookie sounds/looks pretty cheesy, but hear me out. I usually dislike cookies that so obviously depend on another candy bar.. it hits my "bake-from-scratch snob" nerve. But this cookie is an exception to me. I've always been a huge fan of Toblerone chocolate bars, and the first Toblerone Shortbread cookie I tried at a local bakery made a lasting impression on me.
I'm probably a big fan of Toblerone because my dad was always a fan of the Toblerone bar. When I was a little girl, whenever my dad went on a business trip, he'd always come back home with a bag of goodies. Some promo goodies he collected at the work conference show (pens, stress-balls, maybe even a slinky toy), a few bags of airplane peanuts, and... a box of Toblerone chocolate bars. And the box would usually be open already as my dad would have snacked on one. Maybe it was just the excitement of my dad coming back from a trip or maybe it was the milky chocolate with nougat surprises in a fun triangle shape. But in any case, I fell in love with it as a little girl.
And about the discovery of the Shortbread Cookie... let's just say, the girl who worked there saw me a LOT, since I'd drop by the place even if it was out of the way to "just check if you had any of those Toberlone shortbreads left!"
So you can probably see how much I would love these cookies, and I'm sure you would enjoy them very much too! I've sorta made this recipe up by using a basic shortbread recipe and adding chopped chocolate bits as well, so you get a nice flavour overall. The dusty, almost melting shortbread is such a wonderful vessel for this chocolate! And remember, it's sooo easy to make, so hurry - make that trip to the variety store and buy some bars of Toblerone and bake this cookie!! Happy Holidays!!
Toblerone Shortbread Cookies
makes 2 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1 small Toblerone chocolate bar, chopped
3 small Toblerone chocolate bar, individual triangles separated
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line baking sheet with parchment.
2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add flour and cornstarch gradually while beating continuously. Beat until light. Add chopped Toblerone bits.
4. Drop tablespoons of dough and slightly flatten onto baking sheet. Squish Toblerone triangles in the middle of each cookie.
5. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool completely for best texture!