Cookies For Santa: Shortbread Dipped in Chocolate

As a child one of my fondest Christmas memories is making cookies with my mom to leave for Santa. I remember waking up in the middle of the night just to check to see if Santa ate the cookies I left him.

Over the next few days I will be sharing a few of my favorite cookie recipes with you that I have made.

I recently tested Ina Garten’s Shortbread recipe to share with a group of PR girls. Her recipe is easy to make and cost-effective. Her shortbread cookies are rich and buttery and just melt in your mouth. Check out the recipe below!

Shortbread Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

Recipe from Ina Garten


3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

How to Prepare

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, mix the butter and sugar until they are combined. Add the vanilla extract. In a separate medium bowl, mix the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. The Dough will appear crumbly. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with cookie cutter. Place the cookies on an ungreased non-stick baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.

Allow the cookies to cool at room temperature.

When the cookies are cool, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Put the chocolate in a bowl and microwave on high power for a minute seconds. Stop and stir every 15 seconds. (Carefully watch the chocolate to make sure it doesn’t burn) Stir vigorously until the chocolate is smooth and slightly cooled; stirring makes it glossier.

Dip each cookie half-way into chocolate and place on the parchment paper. Allow the cookies to cool in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.

Coffee Table Books

Lately I’ve been thinking about coffee table books. I love collecting them and keeping them around the house. These are a few of my favorites.

1.Domino: The Book of Decorating – $20.51

Former Domino Magazine Editors created this great decorating guide book. This book gives readers insider tips and how to make your home your own personal space.

2. Decoded by Jay-Z – $21.00

Most coffee table books are filled with photos but I love the cover of Rapper Jay-Z ‘s new Autobiography. This book talks about his life growing up in Brooklyn, his days working as a drug dealer, and how he’s become a successful businessman.

3. Vintage Cocktails– $31.50

This book shares old cocktail recipes and would be great to have out at your next dinner party.

4. The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia- $10.87

Nina Garcia, Fashion Director at Marie Claire has written several great style books over the past several years. The Little Black Book of Style is one of my favorite reads. If I need inspiration for an outfit I turn to her book.

What are some of your favorite Coffee Table Books? I would love to hear about them so I can add them to my collection!

The Secret is Out- Happy Pinning!


Lately, I’ve been asked where I find the photos for my inspiration boards. Well the answer to everyone’s question is Pinterest. I discovered Pinterest when I attended Lavish! last December. If you haven’t heard about my new favorite addiction you must join in on the fun!

“Pinterest is virtual pinboard, a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.” -Pinterest

I love this site! Since joining in January I have been able to try new recipes, find inspiration for outfits, learn about new D.I.Y. projects, and stumble upon new blogs to love. Sometimes I spend hours on this site discovering new pins.

E-mail me at if you would like to join in on the fun. Pinterest is currently an invite only site. If you are already a member, follow my pins here.