It's hard to be sad when your eating these cookie.
Shortbread of any variety is always a winner. When you dunk them in chocolate sprinkle them in toffee and pecans then I dare you to not eat the lot! I'm sure that this will become one of your go to baking recipes, it's quick, easy and my god they are delicious.
I stumbled across this phrase 'Baking is love made visible', and it just really hit home. However for me it isn't just baking it is cooking in general. Everything that I make whether it be for friends and family or for work I genuinely do put my heart and soul into it. One of my favourite gifts to give is something that I have made myself. I'm not talking misshapen crap that nobody wants, I'm talking FOOD!I love watching people's reactions when they try my food, although I still get nervous every time that people won't like what I've made! So selfishly this is one of the reasons I love giving my handmade foodie gifts.
Now I LOVE a gift so I am not saying forgo your shopping habit and solely put on your apron. But why not add to your gifts by giving something that has taken you time, love and effort to make them; I personally think it makes gift giving a lot more personal experience. Every Christmas I make Food Hampers as gifts for my nearest and dearest full of ridiculously decadent things that you only consume around the Holiday period! Think Handmade Truffles, our favourite Cheese we discovered that year etc. Last year was the first time that I haven't made them in years, people say that starting your own business is time consuming; but you don't realise how much until you are living it!
My favoruite types of recipes are versatile. Take these Shortbreads they are pretty and dainty enough to be given as a gift, but also easy enough to make that they can become part of your regular go to recipes. Delicious, cute and the dough can be premade and frozen for baking emergencies. What more can you ask for from a recipe?
Toffee, Pecan Chocolate Dunked Shortbreads.
Makes around 25 Shortbreads
For the Shortbread
260g Plain Flour
20g Rice Flour
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
225g Diced Cold Unsalted Butter
110g Caster Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
50g Mini Fudge Chunks
50g Small Pecan Chunks
For The Topping
130g Quality Milk Chocolate
130g Quality Dark Chocolate
50g Mini Fudge Chunks
50g Small Pecan Chunks
1. If you have a food processor then add all of the ingredients apart from the toffee bits and pecan pieces and mix until a dough is almost formed. Once nearly formed then add the toffee and pecan pieces and blend until the dough is formed and the pieces are fully incorporated.
If you do not have a food processor then cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Then add all of the other ingredients and mix until a dough is formed. If you keep pressing it against the side of the bowl this always helps.
2. Place your dough into the fridge for a minimum of half an hour, but can be left overnight. If you don't want to make the full 25 shortbreads this is the point to freeze your dough. Prepare your baking sheets by lining with baking paper and greasing slightly with butter.
3. Roll out your dough to 1/2 inch thick, choose your fave cookie cutter. (I loved the love hearts and v festive for valentines) Place onto your prepared baking tray, kepeing them 2 inches apart. Chill again for another half an hour, whilst chilling preheat your oven to 180c.
4. Bake for around 12-16 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Leave for 5 minutes on the baking tray then move to a wire cooling rack to fully cool. If you still have more cookies to bake then try and add place them onto a cool baking tray rather than the warm one as this can cause th shortbread to spread and loose its shape.
5. The next part is totally up to you, these shortbreads are amazing on their own but really are taken to the next level when dunked in chocolate. It is a little bit fiddly but it really is worth it!
Melt your chocolate in your prefered method by microwave or over a bain marie. Once your chocolate has melted the fun can begin! Dunk half your shortbread, shake the excess chocolate off, transfer to clean baking paper then sprinkle over the pecans and toffee bits. Repeat until all shortbreads of been dunked!
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