Thursday, November 25, 2010

Shortbread + Raspberry = Heaven

White Chocolate-Raspberry Slices
Photo by Quentin Bacon,
as published by Sunset Magazine

Day No. 2 of cookie baking. I first found this recipe in a 2002 advertisement by Challenge Butter. It has since appeared on several websites, most recently at Sunset. Several reader comments complained that the dough is dry and crumbly, but I have found that it just takes patience. This is a shortbread dough, and using your stand mixer at low speed I guarantee that the dough will come together--the resulting cookie is flavorful and beautiful.

White Chocolate Raspberry Slices
about 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (I prefer almond extract)
about 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup raspberry jam
2 ounces white chocolate, chopped

In a large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and vanilla or almond extract until smooth. Stir in 1 1/4 cups flour, then beat until dough comes together.

Divide dough into thirds. On a floured surface, with the palms of your hands, roll each portion into a 9-inch long rope about 1-inch thick. Place ropes 3 inches apart on a buttered 12 x 15-inch baking sheet. Press your finger into the dough to make 1/2-inch wide indentations at 1-inch intervals along each rope. Spoon 1/4 tsp. jam into each indentation.
Bake ropes in a 350 degree F. preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.

Place white chocolate in a plastic sandwich bag, pushing to one corner; secure bag just above chocolate with a twist-tie or knot. Immerse corner of bag in a cup of hot water until chocolate is melted. Dry bag, then, with scissors, cut off tip of the corner. Squeeze bag to drizzle white chocolate decoratively across ropes. Chill until chocolate is firm to touch, about 1 hour, then cut each rope diagonally into 12 slices.

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