Friday, January 24, 2020

Royal Chai Shortbread Cookies

Here's the 2nd installment from my cardamom-palooza adventure this by weekend - Chai Shortbread.  This i is pretty unopen to a Tracey-original recipe.  See, I had made Chai Shortbread a long fourth dimension ago, next a recipe from Cooking Light magazine.  This weekend when I decided to accept my cardamom-palooza cooking fest, produce yous intend I could detect that recipe anywhere?  No, of course of pedagogy not.  I must accept genuinely set it where it's supposed to live - tin post away never detect anything when I produce that.  I fifty-fifty resorted to searching the Cooking Light website, but no luck. 

So, I was left to my ain devises to arts and crafts some variety of Chai Shortbread recipe if I was to press on amongst my adventure.  And I was determined to press on with my adventure.  I started amongst a basic shortbread recipe from The Joy of Cooking.  To that, I added the Chai spice line-up ... cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, in addition to dark pepper, guessing at the amounts ... in addition to I intend I did pretty good, if I produce nation then myself!

After yous mix everthing upward in addition to chill downwards your dough, you're supposed to whorl the dough out sparse in addition to cutting it into cookies amongst cookie cutters.  I can't live bothered amongst that.  Sure, cutting shapes are pretty in addition to all ... but unless it's for a particular occasion where the cast adds some value, I'm okay amongst a to a greater extent than rustic cookie.  Hey, it withal tastes the same!  So here's my method - whorl the dough into a log in addition to land it into 1/4" thick pieces amongst a serrated knife, similar this:

Shortbread cutting the easy-sneezy way.
 Place the pieces on a cookie canvass in addition to orbit them a brusk bake.  They come upward out looking almost just equally they did when they went in, then if yous accept whatsoever that await too rustic - ready them earlier they bake.  There's no changing them after-the-fact!

Chai shortbread - naked version.

I decided to dip some of the cookies inwards cardamom-spiked chocolate.  If i has cookies that accept some flaws, chocolate covers a multitude of sins!  And it certain tastes dandy too.  I also learned inwards doing a piffling chip of reading virtually shortbread, that when i terminate of  baked shortbread is dipped into melted chocolate, it's given the get upward Royal shortbread.  How fancy sounding!
ROYAL Chai shortbread ... yummm.
Both versions were tasty.  But when set to the test, the chocolate-dipped shortbreads were my favorite, in addition to the favorite of the bulk of my tasting panel (aka - friends on whom I unload the mass of my baked goods!).

Royal Chai Shortbread Cookies
Adapted from:  Joy of Baking
(Printable recipe)
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
two c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. solid soil cardamom
1/2 tsp. solid soil cinnamon
1/4 tsp. solid soil cloves
10 cranks of freshly solid soil pepper from a pepper mill

Chocolate for dipping:
About 1 c. chopped semi-sweet chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
About two tsp. shortening
Pinch of solid soil cardamom

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, salt, in addition to spices inwards a bowl.

2.  In the bowl of an electrical mixer, rhythm out the butter until shine in addition to creamy (about 1 minute).  Add the saccharide in addition to beat, virtually two minutes, until smooth.  Beat inwards the vanilla extract.  Gently stir inwards the flour mixture only until incorporated.  Flatten the dough into a disk (or whorl it into a log), roll inwards plastic wrap, in addition to chill dough for at to the lowest degree an hr or until firm.

3.  Roll dough into a 1/4" thick circle; cutting into rounds or other shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter.  Or, exercise a serrated knife to land the dough log into 1/4" thick slices (use a sawing motion, rather than only pushing downwards on the dough).  Place cutting cookies on a baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until really lightly browned.  Cool.

4.  Combine chocolate in addition to shortening inwards a pocket-size bowl.  Microwave inwards 30-second intervals until melted, stirring together the melted chocolate in addition to shortening.  Stir inwards the pinch of solid soil cardamom.  Dip i terminate of each shortbread cookie into the chocolate mixture; house on a land of waxed newspaper to set.  Dipped cookies may live placed inwards the fridge for a few minutes to attention laid the chocolate.