My favorite cookie is on Baked Sunday Mornings!
Baked Sunday Mornings is a group of fun and fearless fanatics for the cookbooks of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. A big thanks to Sheri from Pork Cracklins, Bourbonnatrix from Bourbonnatrix Bakes, and Susan from Create Amazing Meals for all they do in organizing this wonderful baking group! This week’s recipe is from Baked Explorations, and it’s a GOOD one! My absolute favorite cookie in the world is shortbread. And this classic shortbread recipe is fantastic! These cookies are light and buttery, with a simple sweet flavor. On a scale of 1 -5, this is definitely 5 whisks for me! Just as the authors like to throw a twist in here and there, I did so, too. And one slight change for the sake of necessity and what I had in my pantry. . . . .
I had caster sugar, but decided to try using the confectioner’s sugar that was an option for this recipe. And I really loved the result. While I cut these shortbread cookies a little thicker than the recipe called for, they were really very light! I cut them with a heart shaped ravioli cutter ( you know me and my heart shaped stuff!) and docked them with the tip of a metal grilling skewer. The recipe as I worked it, produced 28 cookies, while the original recipe yields 48. Ooops! I like BIG cookies and I cannot lie! Plus….. I wanted to dip half in CHOCOLATE!
Also, I added the zest of 2 oranges to my dough. I melted some milk chocolate (Callebaut) and dipped half of the cookie in this luscious stuff. And I sprinkled a little bit of zest on the chocolate along with more Fleur de Sel. I just love the combination of orange and chocolate. The last change I made was a lazy one, I admit! It was sooooo windy here yesterday in D.C., that I did not want to run to the market for rice flour. So I used corn flour instead. And they turned out wonderfully!
I hope you will try this Orange Fleur de Sel shortbread dipped in chocolate. And please head on over to Baked Sunday Mornings for this shortbread recipe and to see how my fellow bakers enjoyed their own versions of this classic Fleur de Sel shortbread!