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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Chocolatey Shortbread Hearts

I've always struggled with shortbread and found it can be a temperamental thing to bake. Sometimes it's too hard, sometimes it's too soft, and when the texture's perfect - it's not pretty! Shortbread tends to bubble on the surface while it's cooking and the only real way to stop this, is to prick the unbaked hearts with a fork. This doesn't look so pretty either, so I always resort to dipping mine in chocolate!

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 sifted icing sugar (Confectioners Sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100g of chocolate - white, milk, dark - whatever you like!
  1. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined
  2. Beat in flour and salt. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill until firm, at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until 1/16-to-1/8 inch thick. Cut out hearts with a heart cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to an ungreased baking sheet, chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit /180 degrees celcius with a rack in the center. Press the pricks of a fork into each cookie to make designs. Bake until just beginning to brown around the edges, about 18 minutes.
  5. Once the cookies have cooled, melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over simmering water. Then the fun part! Decorate the cookies however you like - dip them, drizzle the chocolate over, add sprinkles! Transfer cookies to a sheet of baking paper to dry.
Makes about 15 Shortbread Hearts - depending on the size of the cutter you use.


Erin said...

These look delicious! Your new blog is great! I'm looking forward to the yummy recipes! :) Thanks for visiting the Sisters Cafe!

Catherine Parker said...

Thank you Erin. I'm very new to blogging so I'm still working everything out: how to follow people, edit post etc. I'll get there! Looking forward to more delicious recipes from you guys! :)

Sara said...

Oh yum! These look so good.

Stephanie said...

These looks delicious! Your blog looks great- keep up the good work!

Kate said...

Oh yum! Shortbread is a favorite of mine. Your cookies look great!

Thank you for being a faithful visitor of my blog! Your blog is delightful. I had so much fun cruising through!

Catherine said...

Thanks guys! :)

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