Shortbread Day is easily one of my favorite days of the year. Celebrating the rich, flaky, and buttery texture of this amazing Scottish treat. Dipped in chocolate, crumbled over ice cream, or eaten straight from the box, Shortbread is a special treat that needs to be enjoyed every day of the year. But Shortbread Day is your opportunity to make some truly special cookies. I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes with you, and encourage you to share some of your own in the comments below! Let’s share and share alike, and make some delicious cookies this year.
Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies
½ cup unsalted, softened butter
¼ cup fine granulated sugar
1 t orange zest, finely shredded
1/8 t salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 t orange sugar
1 t coarse sugar
Be sure to get your oven started early, set to a toasty 375 degrees F.
Once that’s set, cream your sugar, butter, zest, and salt in one bowl using a mixer or fork. Then take the flour and start mixing it into the butter mixture, and then blend it together into a nice soft dough. Once it reaches the right consistency, and turn it out into a large baking sheet and lay it out into a 10 x 5in rectangle.
Once it’s sorted out into the proper shape, prick the top with a fork and then sprinkle with coarse sugar, and press it into the dough firmly but gently with your fingers. Then score the tops to create a rectangular grid pattern of even 2” x 1” cookies.
Place the cookie sheet into the oven, and then prepare a double boiler for your stove. Place the dark chocolate chips into your double boiler and gently stir with a spatula until it becomes molten. Once the cookies are done, take them out and promptly cut them into squares and allow them to cool for 10 minutes.
Once completely cooled, dip half of them in the now molten dark chocolate and lay out on wax paper to cool.
Now shortbread doesn’t last long when it’s made right at home, so bundle it up in an airtight container and it will keep for approximately a week.
A Shortbread Extravaganza
Across the country there are competitions and gatherings about Shortbread, where the best recipes are brought together to be rightfully judged. If you think you have what it takes, you can even organize one of your own at your office or with your friends. I don’t know that we actually need an excuse to enjoy this flaky and delicious treat, but if you do, National Shortbread Day is it!