Shortbread Cookies 12 Ways
One classic four-ingredient shortbread recipe becomes a rock-star cookie when you dip, drizzle, mix in and sprinkle on.
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A cookie plate assembled by Mindy Segal is a pastry rebel's playground—fudgy, salty, melty, chunky and unapologetically fun. But great technique underlies her zaniness. In her book, Cookie Love, the chef-owner of Mindy's Bakery in Chicago shows how mastering a classic like shortbread can unlock the baking genius in you. Follow along for Mindy's four-ingredient Classic Shortbread recipe and tips for how to make all the variations shown in the photo.
This four-ingredient recipe come from Mindy Segal's book Cookie Love. Her main tip: Shortbread is forgiving, but for best results, pay attention to temperature. Start with chilled butter, and make sure the dough is always cool (like marble) but not cold. If it cracks when rolled, let it warm up slightly; if it's too sticky, pop it back in the fridge for a bit.
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After you've tried the basic shortbread recipe, go a little (or a lot) crazy with variations. Here, add ground corn nuts (yep!) to dough; sandwich with chocolate ganache.
Pumpkin seeds and lemon curd
Add ground pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to shortbread dough; sandwich with lemon curd.
Pretzels and chocolate
Add crushed pretzels to shortbread dough; dip cookies in—or spoon on—milk and dark chocolates.
Pipe pink peppermint buttercream on basic shortbread; garnish with crushed candy cane.
Add lime zest and toasted coconut to shortbread dough; dip in white chocolate and toasted coconut.
Coffee and chocolate
Add instant coffee crystals to the shortbread dough; drizzle with dark chocolate.
Sifted with sugar
Lay a wire rack over baked shortbread cookies; sift powdered sugar over them.
Add ground smoked almonds to the shortbread dough; sandwich with dulce de leche; dip in milk chocolate and finely chopped smoked almonds.
Nuts and jam
Add ground Brazil nuts to dough; sandwich with strawberry jam.
Add orange zest to dough; top with leftover cheesecake.
Top shortbread with dark chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate.