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Thursday, 27 December 2007

Shortbread and Gingerbread Cookies

I've made some Shortbread and Gingerbread (yikes they ryhmed :D) Cookies right before Christmas. I've used the recipes from Donna Hay's Modern Classics Book 2. I just loved this book! All the recipes in this book worked except for the cookies haha... well the dough turned out to be too soft, maybe due to our weather, just like the supposedly-to-be-star-cookies. I could have store them in the fridge for more than 4 hours before shaping but I just don't have the time. All I did have was a mere 30 mins.

Anyway, I cheated and dusted flour on the dough after rolling so that I can press out the cookies in the cutters. So as I went along... the batch towards the end came out rather hard. Sorry to the few of the recipients of these cookies :P

Gingerbread Star

Tastewise, the shortbread was nice BUT the gingerbread smelt so great whilst baking! So Christmassy... The gingerbread cookies were a tad hardy but crunchy, kinda like it as I crunch along finishing the star.

My boiboi "decorated" these shortbread with colourful sprinkles and coloured sugar.

Shortbread Cookies

So here are the recipes if you wish to try them yourself ;-)


220g chilled butter, chopped
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 160C. Process all ingredients in food processor (Ive used my mixer instead, worked as well) until a smooth dough is formed.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead gently.

Press mixture into a 20cm x 30 cm (8in x 12 in) slice tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon and score the top into long bars. Bake for 1 hour or until golden. Cool in tin. Slice along the score marks, makes 22 slices.

Or you can roll into balls, place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 22-25 mins or until just golden brown.


125g butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup (I replaced with honey)
21/2 cups plain flour, sifted
2 tsps ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

Preheat oven to 190C. Place butter and sugar in bowl and beat with electric beaters until light and creamy. Add golden syrup, flour, ginger and baking soda and mix to form a smooth dough. Refrigerate for 10 mins or until dough is firm.

Roll out dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper to 4mm (1/4 in) thick. Cut out shapes from dough using cookie cutter. Place on baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 8-10mins or until golden brown. Cool on tray.

Ref: Donna Hay, Modern Classics Book 2, page 12 and 32

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chenboon said...

should be very delicious...
let me keep the recipes and try out later.
Happy New Year. :)

Kenny Mah said...

Oh I love the smell of gingerbread baking... it's just so heavenly... smells like Christmas to me.. hehe.

GFAD said...

Hi babe! Here to wish you, hubs and boiboi a very Happy New year of 2008. May the coming year bring you good health and more great food!

Have so many gingerbread recipes, don't even know which to follow!! :D

rokh said...

babe, it's the thoughts that count and it all looks so good!

teckiee said...

ohhhh colored sugar ...have to try that some time. did you colour them yourself?

withmorechips said...

Happy new looks really yummy to the tummy. Hey...can u feature a recipe on how to prepare Chee Cheong Fun? I am a malay and muslim..wishing to eat this but can't find the halal one. Even my chinese friends don't know how to prepare them...pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

Babe_KL said...

chenboon, happy new year to you too!

kenny ;-)

kat, thanks for the wishes. wish you back the same too

;-) rachel

yes teckiee... easy peasy only. place some granulated sugar in a bowl then drop in liquid colouring till the intensity you like, stir and coat the sugar. leave them to dry for a few hours.

withmorechips, hi thanks for coming by. i'm so sorry that i do not know how to make chee cheung fun even though i'mm a big fan of it :p... you can find halal chee cheung fun at halal food courts selling yong tow foo