Chocolate dipped, orange zest shortbread biscuits

Chocolate dipped, orange zest shortbread biscuits

My mum found this scrumptious butter biscuits recipe last week in the Saturday Mail. There were a whole list of recipes for baking aimed at baking beginners. Ever the competitive spirit I took the simple shortbread recipe a step further adding orange zest and chocolate. I personally believe, chocolate makes everything better.

 

INGREDIENTS
150g unsalted butted, softened and diced
225g plain flour, sifted (plus extra for dusting)
100g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
50g of dark chocooate
(You will need a cookie cutter or glass to cut them and a rolling pin)
(Makes approximately 30 cookies)

 

STEP 1
Preheat the oven to 180°.
Using your finger tips, rub together the butter, flour and sugar until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

STEP 2
Using a wooden spoon, mix in the egg yolk, vanilla extract and the zest of one orange.

STEP 3
Form the dough into a ball, then turn it onto a lightly floured surface kneading the dough for a few seconds.

STEP 4
Roll out the dough to a thickness of 5mm using a rolling pin.

STEP 5
Using a cookie cutter, cut out 30 cookies and place on baking sheets. You do not need to grease the sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.

STEP 6
When turning golden at the edges, leave them to cool then decorate your biscuits with chocolate however you wish. I went for the dipped effect.

 

 

 

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