R2-D2 Peanut Butter Shortbread
Astromech droids are resourceful…and delicious. Molded from high quality chocolate, you might think that the companion to this would be a protocol droid but no, the perfect compliment is a buttery peanut butter shortbread cookie.
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
8 ounces chocolate
In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar. Add in the flour and salt. When the dough is combined and starts to pull apart from the bowl, it’s done.
Form the dough into a flat disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and pour into the R2-D2 molds. Use a toothpick to make sure every crevice is covered and then tap rapidly on a flat surface to get out all of the air bubbles.
Freeze the mold for 10 minutes until solid, then turn out into an airtight container and keep frozen until ready to use.
Prep the oven to 325 degrees. Prep baking sheets with silpats.
Roll out the chilled dough to approximately 1/4″ – 3/16″ thick. Using a 1-3/4″ biscuit cutter, cut out circles of dough and place on the prepped sheet pans. (This dough will make about 48 round cookies.)
Bake for 15-18 minutes. Take out of the oven and place a chocolate Artoo on top of each cookie. The chocolate will melt a little and stick to the cookie. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.