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.
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)
Preheat the oven to 180°.
Using your finger tips, rub together the butter, flour and sugar until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Using a wooden spoon, mix in the egg yolk, vanilla extract and the zest of one orange.
Form the dough into a ball, then turn it onto a lightly floured surface kneading the dough for a few seconds.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of 5mm using a rolling pin.
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.
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.