Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Shortbread Fingers

I'll be honest; I'm not a fan of shortbread cookies. Maybe if they're chocolate-coated, I'll eat them but other than that, no thank you! I threw these in the poll because I was hoping to change my feelings towards shortbread (and because the picture in the baking-book looked sooo good!). I'm not sure if my feelings have changed, but I discovered that dipping shortbread into whipped cream is a worthwhile extra touch!


Shortbread Fingers recipe: Martha Stewart - Baking Handbook

Ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter a 12-by-8-inch bakingsheet and line with parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until fluffy on medium speed, 3 to 4 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar; continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed, until just incorporated.
- Using a small offset spatula, evenly spread dough in prepared baking sheet. Chill in the freezer or refrigerator until dough is firm, about 15 minutes.
- Prick dough all over with a fork. Bake until shortbread is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. (mine needed 55 minutes)
- Transfer to a wire rack and immediately sprinkle with granulated sugar. While still hot, cut shortbread into 4-by-1-inch pieces. Cool completely.


Shortbread dough, pre-oven.


Post-oven. I didn't succeed in getting the shortbread 100% evenly, but that didn't matter after I sprinkled the sugar on top.


Slicing the shortbread is like cutting into butter; so soft!




The sugar on top didn't add much extra flavor, but I would recommend dipping the fingers into whipped cream, yum!

5 comments:

Steph said...

I'm not a fan of shortbread either.. it's too buttery and where's the brown sugar?! I think I like chocolate chip cookies the best because of the brown sugar.

apparentlyjessy said...

I agree with you, I am not too fond of shortbread either. But the ones you made do look nice, and I bet they were improved by dipping them in cream!

Talita said...

My mouth had water just looking these pics!

Eliana said...

These fingers look awesome and would probabl pair weill with a cup of tea.

Love From Eden said...

I absolutely adore choc-chip shortbread. They keep turning out hard instead of soft so I though I'd check if you have a good shortbread recipe. Just as I thought, I need to reduce the amount of flour :)