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Monday, December 21, 2009

White Chocolate and Cranberry Shortbread

We had our annual christmas baking party this year where I tried an adapted recipe for shortbread cookies from the LCBO Food & Drink. I found the recipe made the dough way too dry, in fact it would not combine at all. Therefore I added more butter and some milk (did not measure, just added a bit at a time until the dough would combine) and hoped for the best. It turned out really well. Rather than roll the dough out and cut out shapes as originally planned, I rolled the dough into a log and sliced the cookies. The end result was a nice crunchy shortbread with
sweetness from the white chocolate and sourness from the cranberries.
White Chocolate and Cranberry Shortbread

¾ cup granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup dried craisins (cherry flavoured)
1 cup white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 300°F.
Add sugar into food processor. Turn on and off twice to grind sugar a little finer. Add flour and salt to food processor. Add cold butter and process until combined. Combine 1 cup (250 mL) dried craisins with 1 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate. Stir into cookie batter before combining into a ball. Do not form into a ball in food processor.

Scrape mixture into a bowl and knead together gently to form dough. This is where I added a bit of milk to combine and make a dough. Divide dough into thirds and roll into a log using wax or parchement paper and put in the fridge for a couple hours.

Take out and slice the log into 1/2 inch cookies.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and prick each round with a fork.
Bake in centre of oven for 20 minutes or until a creamy colour. The shortbread will not be firm. It hardens as it cools.6. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheets.

Makes about 40 cookies

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VeggieGirl said...

Love baking parties!! And I love that shortbread :)

Adam said...

Great choice for the baking party. Shortbread makes me think of the holidays... after a meal with coffee... mmmm

Anonymous said...

So wonderful with cranberries, a great holiday dessert!

Helene said...

Happy Holidays!

Endlessly restless said...

I've just stumbled across your blog - and I'll be coming back regularly.

The layout looks great, but can I ask you a question? How did you create the hyperlinks in the header - it looks like a really useful feature, but I don't have any knowledge of HTML. Is there a (relatively) easy way to do it?

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Oh, they look delicious, and I love the name craisins :)

Happy New Year!!


Nicisme said...

These look delicous!
Hope you had a great Xmas and Happy New Year!

Lo said...

Wishing you more treats like this in 2010 (how did you know shortbread was one of my favorites??)! Happy new year! :)

Sari and Andy said...

Hello there!
Just found your blog and will definately start following.
Everything looks delicious!

Caroline@Divine-Desserts said...

This looks so yummy! I love shortbread. I will definitely be making these sometime soon!

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