Quick and easy chocolate shortbread + #recipeoftheweek 22 Jun

Quick and easy chocolate shortbread

Cho-ch-lit  bisssss-kit – Miss J, 1

Miss J and I had the house to ourselves this weekend, so we had time for baking fun. We kicked off with some basic chocolate shortbread.

The first batch out of the oven kept its shape well and had a perfectly crumbly, melty consistency and a lovely rich chocolatey flavour, so we decided to take our new letter and number cutters for a spin and these are the results. Fun, eh? What better way to explore the alphabet than by eating it?!

Here’s what to do…

Ingredients

  • 270g plain flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 2.5 tbsp water
  • Biscuit cutters (we used this alphabet sugarcraft cutter set)

Instructions

  1. Put the flour, sugar and cocoa in a large bowl and stir well
  2. Cube the butter and add to the bowl
  3. Rub the mix through until you get an even crumb
  4. Cut in the vanilaa extract and a tbsp of water with a round knife
  5. Add more water (up to 2.5 tbsp total) if needed until you can work the mix into a very short dough
  6. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface – it’s a bit too squidgy, wrap and chill it for 10 minutes
  7. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out your men
  8. Bake a non-stick stray at 180C (160C fan assisted) for 8 mins for the little letters, or 15 minutes for 10cm discs, until  firm if pressed
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack and then…EAT!

Fun, yummy, easy, and you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard already :)

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