These easy Frosted Mocha Shortbread Cookie Sticks are a pretty treat to add to your holiday trays this year. Lots of fun sprinkles make them stand out and disappear first.
*Stevia In The Raw® sponsored this post. I am partnering with them to create recipes for the fall season. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Every year, right before the holidays get busy, I like to make a few lists of treats and sweets that I want to make for the holidays. Some of these desserts get made ahead of time because I like to test each recipe a few times to see if they will make the final list.
Right now I have a list that includes fudge, cheesecake, popcorn, pie, cookies, and a tart. I have a feeling I better get a move on testing recipes because the holidays will be here before I know it.
This past week I decided to test a few cookie recipes. Shortbread cookies always make the final list of treats that we make, and these peppermint snowball cookies are one of my all time favorite cookies for Christmas. They are always on the trays of cookies that we make and give away.
This year I decided to give these "must make cookies" another fun twist. For the past few years I have taken the base recipe and made these glazed apple butter shortbread bars and these chocolate mint truffle snowball cookies. This time I wanted to include a mocha and sprinkle twist.
What I love the most about these cookies is that you can create so many different shapes with the dough. Try making balls, ropes, bars, or even pretzels with the dough. For this fun cookie, I pressed the dough into a large rectangle and baked it before cutting it into sticks.
Not only did I put a different spin on these cookies this year, but I also lightened them up. I am excited to be partnering with Stevia In the Raw® this fall to create easy recipes for you to make this holiday season. The recipes will show you how you can save up to 700 calories for every cup of sugar that you replace with Stevia In the Raw® Bakers Bag. Look for the big green bag in the baking aisle at your local grocery stores.
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Please remember that when you are baking with it, that you should only replace half the sugar in your recipe. Baked goods need some sugar in order to rise, brown, and caramelize properly.
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Here are a few tips to remember as you make these frosted mocha shortbread cookie sticks:
- Line an 11x15 pan with foil and spray it with non-stick spray.
- Mix together your butter, sugar, and Stevia In the Raw® until creamy. Add in the egg, extract, and salt and mix again.
- Slowly beat in the dark cocoa powder and flour. It will seem like you have too much of the dry ingredients, but continue to mix it. Using a stand mixer is much easier for this dough.
- Roll the dough into a ball and use your hands to mix in any remaining dry ingredients.
- Place the dough onto the prepared pan and gently press it evenly into a 9x11 rectangle. Make sure your edges are the same thickness as your center.
- Bake. Immediately cut the large warm cookie into 20 sticks using a pizza cutter and let them cool.
- Spread the tops with a little bit of melted white chocolate and add sprinkles.
Connect more with In The Raw® Sweeteners:
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup Stevia In the Raw® Bakers Bag
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon coffee extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup white chocolate melts
- ¼ cup sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 11x15 pan with foil and spray it with nonstick spray.
- Beat the butter, sugar, and Stevia In the Raw® until creamy. Add the egg, extract, and salt and beat again.
- Slowly add the cocoa powder and flour until completely mixed in. Use your hands to roll the dough into a ball and mix in any dry ingredients left in the bottom of the bowl.
- Place the cookie dough on the prepared pan and gently press it evenly into a 9x11 rectangle. Be sure the edges of the dough are the same thickness as the center.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately cut the cookie into 20 even sticks using a pizza cutter. Let cool completely.
- Melt the chocolate according to the package directions. Use a metal spatula to spread the chocolate on top of the cookies sticks.
- Top with sprinkles immediately. Let set. Store in a sealed container.
*You can also roll the dough into 20 dough balls. Bake the same and just dip the tops in the melted chocolate, if you prefer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g