Friday, December 04, 2009

Magazine Monday #57: Two-Tone Chocolate Shortbread

I know it's not Monday, but I am going to be away on the weekend, so I want to get this MM submission published before that.

OK, this isn't technically a magazine recipe, but it did come from a magazine. I've made these shortbread squares many times and I got the recipe way back in 1998 from the Bake Fest insert that comes in the December issue of Canadian Living. I always used to look forward to the Christmas issue of CL just because of this insert, but in recent years I think it's gone down quite a bit. The recipes aren't as interesting and it's more about advertising than it used to be.

But these shortbread squares are excellent and very, very simple! I encourage you to try them. I doubled the recipe this year so I got a huge whack!

Two-Tone Chocolate Shortbread

1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 squares (2 oz) semi-sweet chocolate, melted

1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, or in a stand mixer, beat butter & sugar until fluffy. Sift in flour & cornstarch and beat into butter mixture until just combined.

2. In a parchment lined or well-greased 9" square pan, drop 1/2 the dough in small portions, scattering randomly. Combine chocolate with remaining dough. Drop chocolate dough between the non-chocolate dough in the pan. Press to flatten.

3. Bake @ 3o0F for about 25 minutes or until firm to the touch in the centre. Let cool & slice into squares or bars.


Bellini Valli said...

It's like being at a 2 for 1 sale!!!!

A Year on the Grill said...

Like Certs...

It's two, two, two desserts in one

makes a pretty presentation

Palidor said...

Mmm, I love buttery shortbread cookies. Never tried chocolate, though. Bet it's fantastic! Have a great weekend!!

Helene said...

I love shortbread but have not had success making them in the past. I should try this recipe.

Tia said...

i totally love those bakefest inserts. i have all of them from since 1993 i think!

Fresh Local and Best said...

These looks like a great Christmas cookie to make.

Kim said...

I've never made any kind of shortbread before, but this sounds like the way to go! How can you go wrong with chocolate and vanilla?

Future Grown-Up said...

I am a shortbread junkie at heart so this looks I need how to figure out how to make this and not eat all of it too

Sweet and Savory said...

I can understand why you have been making these for such a long time. Two times the flavor means many times more baked. Looks great.

creampuff said...

I know a lot of shortbread fans and they're going to LOOOOOOOOOVE this!


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