We have been quite busy during the last month: I had jaw surgery in order to get rid of my baby teeth and give my permanent teeth the chance to come out; there were lot of exciting things going on in Krems including our first chemistry practical course and of course Christmas is on its way. Stefan has been supporting me as his best, but we did not manage to keep writing articles twice a week: sorry for that! Nevertheless, we would like to keep you inspired and developed a quick cookie recipe since Christmas is per definition baking time especially in German speaking countries. Inspired by the Japanese love for chestnut, I am proud to present you our chestnut shortbread cookies. They are neither low calories nor protein packed but if you manage your calories wisely, you could have one or two with a good cup of tea 🙂 Long story short, here is the recipe.
Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Mix all the ingredients quickly either using a food processor or by hand until you have a dough. Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper until it is approximately 5mm thick. Cut out squares with a knife and place them on a baking tray. Sprinkle some sugar on the cookies and bake them in the oven until golden: it will take between 20 and 30 minutes depending on your oven. Take out and let them cool. While cooling separate them gently with a knife if necessary. Resist the urge to eat them immediately: they are best after a couple of days!
Wondering what the green beauties on the picture are? It’s matcha shortbread: use 200 g of all-purpose flour and no chestnut flour, add at least 15g of good quality cooking matcha. That’s quite a lot, but I think if they are called matcha shortbread, they really have to taste of matcha. So don’t skimp on it! Proceed as above. Decorate with some molten white chocolate if you like.
There is just one rule for shortbread: use proper butter! Don’t dare to use margarine here. Feel free to create your own shortbread: cardamon and coffee, orange and cumin, rose and pistachio… and share your own shortbread baking experience with us in the comments. And if you are to lazy to bake, share the article and hope someone will bake them for you 😉 .