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Old 08-30-2005, 12:28 PM   #1
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Shortbread cookie help

morning from Tulsa Ok....
I am sure the subject of shortbread has come up many a time over the time this board has been established. I need help with something. Question is, on a layover in a hotel I was staying in, and now can't remember the hotel or the country it was in even, there was a basket of goodies left for us in our rooms as is often times the case. Well, you know in that basket was a gold bag from a company that included smallish, walnut sized, shortbread surrounded truffles. In other words, truffles inside, but who knew , and on the outside, completely covering the chocolate, was THEE most tender shortbread cookie ever eating by man, or in this case, woman, that being me . My question is, anyone know how this was done? Anyone know the question of the universe which is how to make sinfully tender shortbread? Oh please, help this woman out

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Old 08-30-2005, 04:54 PM   #2
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Lefse, I know exactly what you're talking about but I've only seen the cookies in gourmet stores. I believe there's a mold that you can get to make this type of cookie. I'll look through all of my cookbooks when I have a chance and see what I can learn/remember.

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Old 08-30-2005, 04:57 PM   #3
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Aha! I found it!

Here's the link to a description of the cookie molds:
http://shop.bakerscatalogue.com/deta...=1125435349247

And here's a picture:
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Old 09-02-2005, 10:40 AM   #4
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gosh PA Baker, thanks for the help. Now, if you can help me with the most tender/delicate of cookie dough (for the shortbread) it'd really make me smile! Thanks for the welcome back. I get discouraged with these types of boards often times, and that's stupid of me. I just expect everyone to be exactly like me in my thinking. You're a doll to have supported my quiry, again, (((((((((((((PABAker))))))))))))))) OH, and the link worked for me, I'll have to check out the prices of the presses
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Old 09-02-2005, 11:52 AM   #5
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I got an "expired link" message.
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Old 09-02-2005, 01:32 PM   #6
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LEFSElover, the Leo in you should come out ROARING. I'm a Leo as well, so can understan (add to that me being a Dragon)
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Old 09-02-2005, 01:33 PM   #7
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Lefse, I wasn't ignoring you ... I just didn't have an answer!

Looks like PA Baker got you started .... as for a recipe, just start with a basic shortbread/butter cookie recipe and see how it turns out. If it's not tender enough - next time increase the butter a little ("shorten" it). I'm sure you will not be short of cookie testers who will be more than glad to eat your experiments.
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Old 09-02-2005, 03:35 PM   #8
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This is a recipe that I've used many times - I have never had a more tender butter cookie. I know it's not shortbread but it sure is tender like you asked for.

1/2 lb. butter, softened
3/4 cup cornstarch, sifted
1/3 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 cup flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix everything well - batter will be stiff
  3. Drop from teaspoon onto greased baking sheet
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes
I have also put this icing on them. You have to be really careful because they will fall apart - but that's ok too because you get to eat those!!!!

3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cream cheese and sugar; add vanilla

Frost tops of cookies while still warm - and again, handle carefully.
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:36 PM   #9
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Shhh elf ... don't tell anyone ... but "short" refers to the fat/butter content.
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:59 PM   #10
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I won't tell a sole, oh wait, that's a fish!!! (now it's your turn not to tell a sole - these are soooooo flaky and tender and the shortbread I've had is a tad more firm so I thought it may have been a difference in flour/sugar/or something - I guess in this case it's the cornstarch????)

AND I know I'm short but you don't have to call me fat
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