Shortbread Cookies

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    Shortbread cookies are traditionally made using only four basic ingredients: flour, sugar, butter and vanilla. These cookies have a very high fat content as they contain a lot of butter. So in case you are watching your weight, do not make these cookies!

    The dough for shortbread cookies can be put together in 10 minutes, it’s that simple. Just mix everything together until combined and then chill the dough. That’s it! These buttery cookies have a crumby texture because of a higher butter content.

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    Dipping them in chocolate is optional but since I’m a chocoholic I couldn’t help it. I used chocolate chips here because that’s what I had at home but if possible use chocolate bars. They melt way better than chocolate chips. If the chocolate chip doesn’t melt properly, you can always add little cream and make a ganache like paste and dip the cookies in that.

    Yield: 15 shortbread cookies

    Ingredients

    All purpose flour: 1.5 cups + 1/4 cup

    Vanilla: 3/4 tsp

    Butter: 1.5 sticks [unsalted, at room temperature]

    Sugar: 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp + some to sprinkle on top

    Salt: a pinch

    Chocolate chips: 1/2 cup [optional, for dipping the shortbread]

     

    Method

    Preheat oven to 325 F degrees

    1. In a bowl sift together all purpose flour and salt, set aside.

    2.  In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar. We are not trying to cream the butter and sugar here just mix together till they are just combined.

    3. Add vanilla and mix.

    4. Add the flour and salt to the butter and sugar mixture slowly.

    5. Mix on low speed till the dough comes together. You will know it’s done when most of the dough sticks to the paddle.

    6. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

    7. Dust the surface with some flour and roll the dough to around 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutter.

    8. Place the cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes until cookies are very light browned. Shortbread should appear almost white or very light golden brown in color.

    9. Place the shortbread cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

     

    Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

    1. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or using a double boiler.

    2. Keep stirring till the chocolate is smooth.

    3. Take the cooled cookies, one by one and dip them into melted chocolate.

    4. Keep the chocolate dipped cookies on parchment paper.

    5. Sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.

    6. The chocolate will harden after some time. Keep in fridge for 15 minutes to quicken the process.

    7. Store in an airtight container.

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    * Things like corn starch, rice flour etc. are added to dough to change the texture of shortbread cookies. I haven’t tried anything other than regular all purpose flour.

    * You can add coffee or cinnamon to change the flavor of these cookies.

    * Dipping in chocolate is optional. The cookies taste great as it is.

    * If possible, use chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips in the recipe.

    Shortbread Cookies

    Traditional shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate
    Servings: 15 cookies
    Calories: 103 kcal
    Author: Manali
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    Ingredients

    • 1.5 cups + ¼ cup all purpose flour
    • ¾ tsp vanilla
    • 1.5 sticks butter [unsalted, at room temperature]
    • ½ cup + 1 tbsp Sugar, some more to sprinkle on top
    • a pinch salt
    • ½ cup chocolate chips [optional, for dipping the shortbread]

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees
    2. In a bowl sift together all purpose flour and salt, set aside.
    3. In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until just combined.
    4. Add vanilla and mix.
    5. Add the flour and salt to the butter and sugar mixture slowly.
    6. Mix on low speed till the dough comes together [sticks to the paddle]
    7. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
    8. Dust the surface with some flour and roll the dough to around 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutter.
    9. Place the cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes until cookie are very light browned.
    10. Place the shortbread cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
    11. To make Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies:
    12. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or using a double boiler.
    13. Keep stirring till the chocolate is smooth.
    14. Take the cooled cookies, one by one and dip them into melted chocolate.
    15. Keep the chocolate dipped cookies on parchment paper.
    16. Sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.
    17. The chocolate will harden after some time. Keep in fridge for 15 minutes to quicken the process.
    18. Store in an airtight container.
    Nutrition Facts
    Shortbread Cookies
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 103 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 1g 2%
    Cholesterol 1mg 0%
    Sodium 4mg 0%
    Potassium 13mg 0%
    Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
    Sugars 10g
    Protein 1g 2%
    Vitamin A 0.3%
    Calcium 1%
    Iron 3.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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