Cookies, Dessert

Christmas Cookies- Mini Chocolate Chip Orange Shortbreads


For this week I plan to take you embark you all on a tour through what I like to call Kitchen Belleicious’s Candy Lane. Every year since I was old enough to be in the kitchen I remember helping my mom make cookies and candies to take to our friends and family during the weeks leading up to Christmas. It was our way of saying we are thinking of you and cherish our friendship. As a grown woman it brings a smile to my face to carry on this tradition in my own family. Although my son ( and soon to be sons) are not yet at the age to help me in the kitchen Grant sure does get to reap the benefits from his mother’s cooking and enjoy visiting our friends as we drop off each goodie package.

Whether or not this is something you do during Christmas rest assured these recipes make a perfect little something sweet all throughout the year for your average day or a special occasion. Up today is my Mini Chocolate Chip Shortbreads. They are EASY,EASY,EASY and like my son say’s, TASTY, TASTY, TASTY. Heads up! When you are baking goodies for a lot of people the key to success is simplicity. Make something easy and yet delicious and then do something fun and creative with the packaging. Its not just the goodies they will love but the whole package!

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Christmas Cookies- Mini Chocolate Chip Orange Shortbreads
  • 1 stick, unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • 8 ounces mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup AP flour
  1. Cream the butter with sugar using a handheld mixer. Mix in vanilla then salt, orange zest and flour. Sprinkle in mini chocolate chips and stir with hand. Roll the dough out into ½ inch rectangle and cut into strips, rectangles or bars. Prick the tops with a fork and bake at 300 for 25 minutes.


  1. Miriam @ Overtimecook

    These look absolutely delicious! I’ve been thinking of making some shortbread cookies, bookmarking this recipe to try. πŸ™‚

    05 . Dec . 2011
  2. Bonnie

    Sign me up for the sweet tour. What a delicious start with this cookie! I’m always looking for something new to add to the holiday baking.


    05 . Dec . 2011
  3. Trix

    For some strange reason, cookies are my nemesis – when I want crispy, they come out chewy. When I want chewy, they are crispy. And so on. But I think these would be worth facing my cookie demons!!!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  4. daphne

    They look awesome! What a treat. I feel so under prepared this year for Christmas!!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  5. Laural @ Being Healthier

    I needed my dose of KB and you did not disappoint! I’m not a shortbread fan but these look AMAZING.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  6. lena

    i want! i want! i want! not necessary have to wait till christmas, i can have this anytime! ooh, can imagine the buttery taste of the shortbreads plus the crunchy bites of the chocolates. Am really excited to see all of your christmas treats this week!! so it’s a boy??

    05 . Dec . 2011
  7. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    That’s a fantastic tradition to bring some cheer to family and friends. You are so right about making it easy when baking lots and lots of goodies. These look so tasty. I may just give it a try.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  8. Eva

    Not just tasty, but pretty too! I’ve never made shortbread and this recipe looks tempting. Thanks for sharing it Jessica.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  9. Sonia

    Hi There, The christmas cookies are looking super gorgeous and am sure must be truly delightful to munch. Nothing can beat freshly baked cookies from the oven in the festive season…ofcourse you are most welcome to stop by for coffee and other delicacies, if you plan to visit this side, wud love to catch up with you. Regards, sonia

    05 . Dec . 2011
  10. Shawn

    They look “melt in your mouth” good! Your friends/family are lucky to have those πŸ™‚

    05 . Dec . 2011
  11. jo-lyn@jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies

    mmmmm….yummy!! and easy!! my to favorite things! πŸ™‚

    05 . Dec . 2011
  12. Erica

    I can’t wait to bake with Kaylin! This post makes me even more excited about it! I bring her in the kitchen every time I cook or bake now- so fun. I try to explain to her what I’m doing. She seems entertained ;). The shortbread looks so yummy- bet its melt in your mouth good!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  13. Greg

    Wow, those look wonderful!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  14. sportsglutton

    Making tons of cookies for family and friends was always a tradition in my house growing up…one that continues to this day. Great combination of flavors in this recipe.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  15. yummychunklet

    I’m always amazed at how powerful a flavor orange zest can be. These look extremely tasty and easy!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  16. Joanne

    Cookies are the BEST way to show you care, in my opinion! And these look delicious…shortbread is such a fabulous thing. Especially with chocolate added in!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  17. val

    Are you sending Christmas packages my way?? HEHE. With a big red bow. =)

    05 . Dec . 2011
  18. Marina {}

    This looks like the most delicious thing I have ever seen.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  19. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    These cookies look mouthwatering!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  20. Three-Cookies

    Nice tradition, to give and to receive cookies. We gave and received fruit cakes, it was common where I grew up

    05 . Dec . 2011
  21. Geni

    I would LOVE to add these to my cookie trays!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  22. Caroline

    I like what I’m hearing…easy and tasty! My kind of cookie. πŸ˜‰ I love adding orange to desserts, it adds such a nice dimension of flavor. These would be adorable for a little Christmas gift. x

    05 . Dec . 2011
  23. Rachel

    My son is IN LOVE with chocolate chip anything… I bet he’d eat these!

    And those kitchens – mmmm! I love those stools!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  24. Alli

    Shortbread is such a treat and your spin as always takes it over the top! happy Holidays.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  25. Veronica's Kitchen

    Christmas is the time for giving and I can image the smiles from the people when they receive these cookies! I couldn’t look at beautiful kitchen like that as it makes me dream for a DREAM kitchen too much.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  26. Liz

    The first kitchen is to.die.for! As are your amazing shortbread cookies….mmmmmmm.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  27. Shea

    Mmmm. I never get very excited about shortbread, but if there’s chocolate involved that’s another story. These look so buttery and chocolaty and delicious!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  28. Anna and Liz Recipes

    Hey we have the same tradition in our home too! lLove thjs recipe and love the country white chair!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  29. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious

    I just stumbled upon your blog and loved it! Shortbread is one of my all time fave cookies – and I love how you add choc chips in it πŸ™‚

    05 . Dec . 2011
  30. sara@domesticallychallenged

    The site AND the shortbread look awesome! I am trying both.

    05 . Dec . 2011
  31. vianney

    I’m excited for a week of goodies!! Loving the first entry, shortbread rocks!!

    05 . Dec . 2011
  32. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I love your idea of Kitchen Belleicious’s Candy Lane! SO cute! Shortbread and sable are my favorite types of cookies! Looks delicious with the hint of orange!

    06 . Dec . 2011
  33. Torrie @ a place to share...

    What a sweet tradition and such a nice gesture. I would be so grateful to be the recipient of homemade *anything from your kitchen.

    I’ve been on that site but haven’t really looked around… Off to do so right now!

    06 . Dec . 2011
  34. Lychapin@TheTinySkillet

    Oh what a nice tradition! I love shortbread cookies and these look extra special!

    I have to check out that kitchen website!

    06 . Dec . 2011
  35. Reem | Simply Reem

    Absolutely Delicious!!!!
    Girl I am so so ready for the swap… These look so good…
    Yumm, I bet chocolate and orange make a wonderful combination here…

    06 . Dec . 2011
  36. Bizzy

    I am stuck at that kitchen. The cookies would look great in that kitchen. The kitchen would look even better with the cookies.

    06 . Dec . 2011
  37. Linda

    I’m dreaming of that Mediterranean kitchen!! I could bake lots of cookies in there! I’d probably never want to leave either!! I do alot of baking and giving of cookies too, gift from the heart! Shortbread is always well received and chocolate and orange just compliment each other perfectly!!

    06 . Dec . 2011
  38. Michele

    WOW. Those look yummy. I love shortbread. Thank you for sharing.

    06 . Dec . 2011
  39. Pure Complex

    I just love your Mini Chocolate Chip Orange Shortbreads recipe.. it sounds amazing. And let me say.. I love that chair above.. beautiful

    06 . Dec . 2011
  40. Kristy

    Oh those kitchens are to die for! Ah, a girl can dream. And I love that you give away cookies to your friends and family. That is such a sweet idea! πŸ™‚

    06 . Dec . 2011
  41. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That’s what I love about the holidays…all the cookies! Now how do I get some of these delivered to me? πŸ˜‰

    07 . Dec . 2011
  42. Couscous & Consciousness

    Great looking shortbreads – love the combination of orange and chocolate, so I have to give this a try.

    Love those bar stools too – what a great website.

    Sue πŸ™‚

    07 . Dec . 2011
  43. Phyllis

    What a great recipe – and two of my favorites – chocolate and orange!

    07 . Dec . 2011
  44. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    these chocolate shortbread cookies look divine! love how they look like biscottis. schmancy. πŸ™‚ sending some #cookielove to you! thanks for joining our #lovebloghop!

    07 . Dec . 2011
  45. Ruth

    Those kitchens are beautiful. I dream of having one that big to hold all the gadgets I dream of using. And I love the stairs.
    I hope you are doing well.

    07 . Dec . 2011
  46. Teresa Blackburn

    Shortbread cookies are my favorites…your version with orange & chocolate is a very perfect combo.

    07 . Dec . 2011
  47. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I probably would pick shortbread over any other cookies. Growing up they were my all time favorite. This recipe sounds and looks great. I am really excited to try these.

    07 . Dec . 2011

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