One biscuit, a bazillion ways

January 18, 2014

OK, so maybe not technically quite a bazillion, but pretty close…

You may or may not have seen my post about my fave ever biscuit recipe-it is from Nigella Christmas and is her Chocolate Shortbread Cookies.
What I LOVE about the recipe is a) it is super easy-bung it all the mixer and done; b) I can normally be guaranteed to have all the ingredients in the house; c) they taste delicious; d) they freeze really well; and e) as I am about to show you, they are infinitely adaptable. What’s not to love?!

Just to recap, this is the basic recipe:

  • 250g butter at room temperature (try to ignore the fact that this is a whole packet of butter…)
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170C
  • Line 2 baking trays with baking paper or re-usable liners
  • Put all the ingredients into a Magimix type food processor and whiz until it forms a dough
  • Place tablespoons of the dough onto the trays, and roll them into balls. I get 20-30 from this mix. I flatten them down a bit with a fork as I like the ridges that it leaves
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15minutes before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack

And here are some ideas for some variations:

  • Add white chocolate chips or chunks to the recipe above
  • Use a little less cocoa powder, and add in some espresso coffee powder, for mochachino biscuits
  • Omit the cocoa and add:
    -milk or dark chocolate chunks/chips-these are melt in the mouth scrum my
    -raisins and chocolate!
    -white chocolate and cranberry
    -orange zest or lemon zest
    -chunks of crystallised ginger
    -chunks of ginger with dark chocolate chunks
    -a tsp of mixed spice for a festive version-with or without cranberries etc
    -I have thought about rolling the balls of dough in a mix of cinnamon and sugar (like snickerdoodles for those of you who have made these) but not yet tried it
    -have also contemplated a pinch of dried lavender (maybe with lemon zest?)-lavender shortbread is ‘a thing’ I think

Any other suggestions of flavour combos for me to try?