Monday, 19 March 2012

Baking My Way: Chocolate Chip Orange Shortbread

These cookies are tasty and melt in your mouth. They would be perfect for afternoon tea or having friends over for coffee. They have a nice little tang to them with the orange which makes them stand out a little from the usual shortbread.

1 cup icing sugar
1 cup butter - softened
1 tblspn grated orange peel
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 tsp shortening

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
Sift or stir flour & cornstarch together - set aside
In a large bowl, beat icing sugar & butter until light & fluffy
Add orange peel & blend well
Stir in flour mixture - mix well
Stir in chocolate chips
Divide dough into 4 equal parts & shape each part into a smooth round ball
On ungreased cookie sheets, press or roll each ball of dough into a 6" circle 1/4" thick
With a long knife, score each circle into 8 wedges.
Leave in place on cookie sheet & prick each wedge about 3 times with a fork
Bake for about 127 - 20 mins til the edges are very lightly browned
Take care that they don't get dark on the bottoms
Cool on cookie sheets 5 mins
Prick again & cut into wedges
Place on wire racks to cool completely

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips & shortening, stirring constantly
Dip rounded end of each rounded end of cooled shortbread wedges into chocolate
Place on cooling rack or wax paper. Let stand to set

1 comment:

  1. I love shortbread cookies and this dough is quite unique for me. I usually make it with cream or eggs, but I see yours has neither

    And the cookies looks just perfect!


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