Small Batch Shortbread Puzzle Piece Cookies

Today’s post was inspired by my toddler’s new found love for puzzles.  A day doesn’t go by that we are not making and remaking his favorite construction site puzzle, so I thought it would be fun to make a functioning puzzle dessert. Small Batch Shortbread Puzzle Piece Cookies were the answer. There are cookie cutters on the market that are shaped in puzzle form, but I did not have them on hand, so I created my own simple template and cut the design and puzzle pieces out.  A small batch recipe was the way to go here too as I didn’t need a dozen cookies in the house.  I also didn’t want to make the puzzle too complicated. I used a shortbread recipe because I wanted a cookie that would keep its shape. Once the cookies cooled I did trim around the edges to make sure all the pieces fit.  You can really be creative with this and apply frosting or chocolate, also different sayings, shapes and designs on the top. I went for classic white and dark chocolate along with numbers.  My little kitchen helper loved playing with the cookies and of course taking nibbles along the way.

Recipe adapted from: I Bake He Shoots

Small Batch Shortbread Puzzle Piece Cookies

Small Batch Shortbread Puzzle Piece Cookies

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 22 mins
Yields: 4 large


  • 1/2 Stick Unsalted Butter (Room Temperature)
  • 1/8 Cup - Maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1/2 Teaspoon - Sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon - Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup + 1/8 Cup - AP Flour
  • 3.5 Ounces - Dark and White Chocolate Melting Wafers


  1. Line a 9x13 pan (Quarter Sheet Pan) with parchment paper, set aside
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, cornstarch and salt
  3. In a second bowl, place butter, maple syrup and sugar, use a hand mixer to cream these ingredients. (1-2 minutes)
  4. Add the flour mixture and combine, try not to over mix
  5. Place the dough onto plastic wrap and work the crumbly dough into a square shape, about 1/2 inch thick (as seen above)
  6. Chill in freezer for 20-30 minutes
  7. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350°
  8. Remove dough from the freezer, place on the prepared baking sheet and either free hand your puzzle design or place your design on top of the dough and cut into cookie shapes
  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes, remove from oven when edge begin to brown and allow them to cool on the sheet pan
  10. While the cookies are cooling begin to melt the chocolate. The chocolate wafers were placed in a microwave bowl for 30 second intervals until melted
  11. Design your cookies as you design or follow the design above. Once chocolate has harden trim any edges to make a clean fit. Enjoy!

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    Nana Sue May 23, 2017 (12:42 pm)

    This Nana will have such a grand time with 3 yo….soon.