Monday, February 21, 2011

Chocolatechip Shortbread | How To Make Shortbread Cookies


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Chocolatechip Shortbread The best thing about shortbread is that it takes less time to make compared to making cookies.....(no rolling the dough into a cookie)....cream butter and sugar... add flour...... press into a pan and bake it....yes, thats it!!!...this is one of my kids favorite shortbread ..... and the easiest!!. I love the chocolatechips on top....It gives enough chocolatey flavour....though Nidhi likes to top it with chocolate sauce....either way it is yummy!!!



I came across this while surfing the net and thought I will share it...it is a brief history of shortbread cookies.........."They started in Scotland way back when cooking, compared to today's standards, was crude.                                         Of course they have evolved over time to what we know today. The original shortbread cookie recipe probably included oat flour but when the English adopted it they substituted wheat flour. In Tudor England oats were considered animal food. Traditional shortbread is baked in a round and then cut into wedges.
The story has it that the ancient Scots baked shortbread in the winter months and put cuts in the shortbread rounds to represent the suns rays. I suppose this was some sort of ritual to persuade the sun to return and do away with the cold winter. The wintertime tradition holds on though because shortbread cookie recipes are among the most popular Christmas time cookie recipes".


This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite recipe book "Everyday chocolate" published by Parragon Books and the actual recipe calls for golden caster sugar....I used powdered sugar instead.

Recipe Source: Everyday chocolate (Parragon Books)
Ingredients:
Butter: 115 g/4oz (plus extra for greasing).
Powdered sugar: 55 g/2 oz.
Plain flour: 115 g/4oz.
Cornflour: 55 g/2 oz
Chocolate chips: 40g/ 1 1/2 oz .(I used more to get more chocolate in each bite!!).

Method:
1. Grease a 9-inch loose based fluted tart tin and keep aside.Cream butter and sugar.

2. Sift flour and cornflour into this and make it into a smooth dough.

3. Press it with your fingertips into the greased tart tin.

4. Prick with fork all over.

5. Sprinkle chocolate chips generously on top and press them lightly into the surface. Bake until cooked but not browned about 20-30 min. Mark into 8 portions with a knife...cool in the tin for 10 min, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve it with hot milk!!!

Enjoy!!!

27 comments:

  1. I don't think cooking is that easy. I never started baking and thus not worth at commenting on the preparation. However, I am all time expert at commenting on what I see and guess what... they appear nice.

    I am kind of planning to start an event.. guess what?... all participants will courier their recipes... 5 in a day is entertained and then I will announce the winners after a month of experience... howz that... appears interesting to me ;)

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  2. Abi, that sounds interesting to me....lol.

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  3. @Nisa - So lets start the event then.. wait for the invitation ;)

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  4. Nice shortbreads Nisa! I used to make with raisins but never made with chocolates...

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  5. looks absolutely wonderful...I can't take my eyes off these yummy delights...

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  6. WOW!!!! I never knew shortbreads were so easy to make...Urs look so delightful...;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  7. Whoo..that looks delectable. All the choco chips is making it really really tempting..am drooling all over :))


    US Masala

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  8. Those chocolatey triangles are looking so good.. wish to grab them.

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  9. I'm enjoying these virtually ;-)with such a generous spread of chocolate chips this looks very tempting

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  10. wow...nice presentation...can t take my eyes of those awesome clicks..
    Tasty appetite

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  11. I'm a big fan of shortbread but I have never thought to add chocolate chips in it. That just takes it to a whole other level - nice!

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  12. Lovely dear, perfectly baked and so welcoming.

    FOODELICIOUS

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  13. This is absolutely tempting..looks so good.

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  14. Nice and perfect shortbreads and the topping of choco chips is ti die for

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  15. Nisa I adore a good shortbread and the mini chips just take them to the next level! Thanks for sharing at http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com/decidedly-healthy-or-horridly-decadent-blog-hop/.

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  16. Yum, I LOVE shortbread, growing up we had a brand called "Eet Sum Mor", what an apt name, you could never make do with just one. Choc on top pushes this to another level of decadence =)

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  17. Woww marvellous and damn tempting shortbreads...yumm!

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  18. beautiful shortbread.. love the chocolate chip topping :)

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  19. believe it or not I've never made shortbread before and yours look so chocolate-y and I so LOVE it.
    i'm have the feeling i'm going to made shortbread soon. thanks for sharing Nisa

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  20. Oh, I love shortbread and yours is absolutely gorgeous! The photos are seriously amazing! So glad you shared them w/ the hearth and soul hop this week =)

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  21. Your Chocolate Chip Shortbread looks beautiful, and I know it must be delicious. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

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  22. Oh, yum. As if shortbread wasn't delicious (and evil) enough as it was.... :)

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  23. this looks so sweet and delicious would love to serve this to my teens

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  24. Wow, I love how you really studded your shortbread with the chocolate chips. It looks awesome. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your shortbread up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-6.html

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  25. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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  26. wow, so many choco chips on the shortbread.. looks easy and is worth giving a try

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  27. I will try it! Thank you, Asiya

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