December’s Cookie of the Month

December tends to be  busy month for most people.  There is   shopping, gift wrapping, baking, and celebrating to do, among other things.

With a hectic month like this, and since I’ve been on a shortbread cookie kick lately, I decided to share a simple recipe with you to finish off  The Joy of Caking’s Cookie of the Month series.

These cookies are melt in your mouth delicious and will pair well with a fresh cup of coffee.  In other words, you might resort to making these just for a little self-indulgence.

Kahlua Chocolate Shortbread Bars

1/2 c. margarine, softened

1/2 c. butter, softened

1/2 c.  granulated sugar

1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melt

1/3 c. baking cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tbsp. Kahlua

1/4 tsp. salt

2 – 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, with electric mixer, beat margarine, butter, sugar, melted chocolate chips, and baking cocoa.

Add vanilla, Kahlua, salt, and flour; mix completely.

Spread dough out onto prepared cookie sheet shaping into a rectangle (about 1/4”) thick.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes clean when inserted into center.

Allow cookies to cool completely and drizzle melted chocolate on top to finish them off!

I hope you enjoyed The Joy of Caking’s Cookie of the Month series.  If you didn’t happen to catch all the recipes you can find them below.

September’s Cookie of the Month – Walnut & Cappuccino Chunk.

October’s Cookie of the Month – Shortbread Sprinkles.


November’s Cookie of the Month –  Chocolate Chip Shortbread.




13 thoughts on “December’s Cookie of the Month

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  4. Oh my! They do look wonderful. I could use one of these with my morning cup of tea. I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long. We’ve been packing/moving, and I’m just now starting to catch up with all my favorites. Anyway, I’m very glad to be back and I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Monet, I’ve missed you! Of course I’ve been just as guilty. I can’t wait to hear all the exciting things going on with you and Ryan. I hope you are moving to my area – lol! Have a great week too!

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  6. Hello Eileen! Thanks for this great recipe! Sharon and I both have made your choc chip shortbread recipe more than once to rave reviews. Looking forward to this Kahlua one as well! Hope all is well! Hugs. D

  7. Oh I love Kahlua during the holidays! My mom used to make homemade Kahlua, and give some away for Christmas presents:-) Your bars sound and look awesome! Yum, Hugs, Terra


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