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[Cookie Elf File #325] Chocolate Shortbread Recipe: Easy Shortbread for Cool Days
October 01, 2019
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Feature: Chocolate Shortbread Recipe: Easy Shortbread for Cool Weather

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This Chocolate Shortbread Recipe is a simple but wonderful bar cookie that’s a slight variation on classic shortbread.

The bars call upon the traditional ingredient ratio in shortbread, with one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts white flour. But this recipe also includes cocoa in the dough and a bit of chocolate drizzle … with a rich, chocolately result.

Why “shortbread”? The name comes from old baking lingo, when “short” meant a “short texture” – that is sandy cookie dough which produces a crisp cookie, rather than a flaky, chewy cookie.

The secret to “short” texture is in using warm, soft butter, which coats the flour to prevent long strands of gluten from forming. Shorter strands of gluten produce a crisper texture … hence, “shortbread.”

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 35-40 minutes
Makes 3-5 dozen bars

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

Kathy, The Cookie Elf

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