Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chocolate Shortbread for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day...Wikipedia says that this day, February 14 is an annual commemoration to celebrate love and affection between intimate companions. I think most men hate this day because they have to impress their partners with romantic dinner and bouquet of flowers and will usually cost them a lot of money. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile spending the money to avoid any disappointment, bad memories and future unexplained nagging...speaking from experiences...LOL.

I have been asking myself, what is the best gift for the person that you love?... Obviously, not expensive dinner and flowers. To me, it's "Appreciation"! For this beloved occasion, I've made heart-shaped chocolate-drizzled shortbread. This basic almond shortbread recipe is from a Worthwool promotional magazine (December 2010) and I've sandwiched them with a thicker version of chocolate ganache and drizzled them with lots of melted chocolate. Ops!...it looks like a messy job...

I was happily packing these shortbread into my husband's lunch box and he was happy too telling me all positive feedback about this sweet treats... Nice to know this.

This is the inside of a non-drizzled shortbread. As you can see, it has a great crumbly texture.
Here's the shortbread recipe from Worthwool promotional magazine 

I have reduced the recipe proportional to make 20 of 4cm x 4cm heart shortbread.

50g butter, at room temperature
25g Icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
55g plain flour
20g almond meal
1 egg white

Line Baking tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 170°C
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, icing sugar and vanilla until light fluffy. Add flour and almond meal. Stir until combine. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Refrigerate for 20 min or until firm. Roll out dough to 5mm thickness and cut into shapes. Brush shortbread with egg white and bake for 20 min or until light golden brown. Allow to cool completely on tray.

Thick chocolate ganache
50g dark chocolate
30ml double cream

Mix both chocolate and cream together and microwave them in low power until the chocolate melts. Allow the ganache to cool to room temperature and apply onto one side of the shortbread and sandwich another one on top of the ganache. Place the sandwich shortbread on a wire rack or baking paper. Using a microwave in low power, melt dark chocolate and drizzle on top of the sandwich shortbread. Allow chocolate to set.

Happy Baking.

37 comments:

  1. Surprise surprise in the lunch box! How sweet! :)

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  2. oh my the texture is wonderous Zoe!! can i have a piece please!

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  3. They look so cute! They remind me of the milano cookies, do they taste like that? Would you mind describing the texture to me? Those cookies are so pretty, it's no wonder that your husband raved about them. :) I think Valentine's day for me is just a time to share your love with people (friends and maybe people you don't know). Maybe doing one or two kind acts... at least I hope I will do something this year. Happy early Valentine's day!

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  4. Ooh... Now I m considering what to bake for v-day... This sweet lovely shortbread or the buttermilk cake I had in mind... Hmmm... (-_-?)

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  5. Those are mouthwatering photos, looks incredible!
    Happy V Day..:)

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  6. your hubby's heart is melting away...

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  7. It seems like it is always the ladies who are fretting what to give their guys for VD....haha..this looks delicious, perfect if your hubby has a sweet tooth!

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  8. Your cookies are gorgeous! I love shortbread, and with chocolate? Delicious!

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  9. Zoe, I love the melted chocolate! can imaging when I eat this shortbread, for sure I'll lick clean the chocolate on my fingers :D

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  10. Lovely shortbread! Perfect for Valentines ;)

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  11. a heartfelt treat for your husband's lunchbox, that's so sweet ^^

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  12. I love the look of these. Gorgeous dark chocolate all smashed between sweet shortbread like cookies. Oh man, I'm making myself hungry.

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  13. wah, looks very nice & tempting leh... :)

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  14. So pretty,scromptious shortbreads..

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  15. WOW! this is very pretty, please pack some in my lunch box too!

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  16. What a thoughtful gift for loved ones! Looks beautiful and delicious.....

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  17. From his response, I'm sure this special treats had already melt your hubby heart :)

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  18. Gorgeous cookies. I'll take a dozen of them please.

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  19. These look great! Seeing the pictures and reading about them made me crave a sweet so badly that I just ate my 4th mini cupcake of the day! (They ARE sitting right by my desk at work...)

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  20. What cute little cookies! I definitely love the heart shapes!

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  21. Zoe, you must have melted your husband's heart, you are such a lovely and dearly wife, you are so sweet as the chocolate shortbread!

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  22. i love the drizzled on chocolate over these shortbread, looks simply irresistible!

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  23. These are SOO Pretty!!
    Im going to attempt a Gluten Free Version I think :)
    Awesome blog!!
    -Brittany-

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  25. These cookies look beautiful! I can see they are soft and melt in their mouth!
    xx,

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  26. These look positively delectable! What a sweet lunchbox treat!

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  27. Zoe I love these look amazing! gloria

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  28. They look amazing!

    What a lovely, thoughtful surprise for your husband!

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  30. Wow, what a wonderful romantic shortbread! Specially made with love for someone you love, it couldn't get any sweeter than this! I am still undecided of what to bake yet! (I have ran out of butter actually!). Have a Happy Valentine Day to you and your loved ones!

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  31. These are some wonderful shortbread. Don't forget to save me one! ;)

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  32. hi! not sure if my earlier comment got thru, but just to let you know i made these choc shortbread for v-day too! my colleagues gave good reviews! but just wondering how come my bakes are more golden whereas yours was more of a whitish colour...

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  33. Zoe, what a nice lunchbox surprise for your husband. The cookies are so decadent with the ganache filling.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  34. Oh my goodness, I thought my dessert was decadent! This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family! If you have time, please stop by for dessert! It's sinfully delicious!

    Mary

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