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Celebration Shortbread



I always get excited about birthdays. And now in the blogging world, I have another birthday to look forward to apart from my own : blog birthday. My first blog birthday is still a few months away, but birthday celebrations are on at Aparna's diverse kitchen. She's asked for a special sweet something to bring to her party.

With her lovely breads, Aparna's my inspiration to dig into baking. So I knew I wanted to bake something for her. And the sinful goodie I immediately thought of was the shortbread I made for our book club last month. In a chocolate version (doesn't that make anything very special!)

To make chocolate-y shortbread, soften 100 gms butter. Mix 130 gms plain flour, 30 gms cornflour and 55 gms caster sugar. Add butter and slowly rub it in. Press with your hands until the dough comes together. Make lemon sized balls of the dough. Arrange on a baking sheet and press lightly to flatten. Sprinkle with chocolate bits. I got mine pre-shaped from my favorite baking supplies store, but you can use grated chocolate if you like. Heat oven to 180C and bake for 35 minutes. Let harden for a few minutes on the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Happy Birthday Aparna! Look forward to many more birthday celebrations on your blog.

Comments

Sunshinemom said…
Hey lovely shortbread cookies - they feel like sweet mathris to me:) I made some sweet things for my son's birthday last Sunday - have to send it across to Aparna:)
CurryLeaf said…
Lovely shortbread cookies.you know I too made choc shortbread for naughtiest girl
Dibs said…
Looks easy enough! Should try!

I have somethings for you at out blog. Do pick them up.

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