With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Orange Spice Shortbread

Monday, December 6, 2010

Orange Spice Shortbread

Remember the shortbread pan I was so excited to find at a garage sale several months ago?  I used it to make these very pretty chocolate dipped orange spice cookies.
   I was concerned that I would have a problem getting the shortbread out of the pan so I sprayed it with PAM and rubbed it into the groves and then wiped out the extra with a napkin.  Maybe this was an unnecessary precaution but I didn't want to fight a stuck-to-the pan cookie.
After inverting onto a cutting board, the cookies came easily from the pan.


The recipe was from the little booklet that came with the pan (I added the chocolate).  There were seven recipes to choose from and I was between this one and a coconut one.  I love the flavor combination of orange and chocolate so this is the recipe I went with.
I used a pizza cutter to cut the shortbread into serving pieces while it was still warm.
  umm... buttery, tender and even with the chocolate coating the orange flavor came through nicely.
Perhaps the ginger and cinnamon enhanced the overall cookie but it was barely noticeable.
I wouldn't increase the quantities though as we liked them just as they are.
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Orange Spice Shortbread

1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar (unsifted)
2 tsp. grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup flour (unsifted)

Cream the butter until it is nice and light.  Cream in the powdered sugar, the grated orange peel and the spices.  Now work in the flour.  Knead the dough on an unfloured board until smooth.  Spray the shortbread pan very lightly with a non-stick vegetable oil spray.  Firmly press the dough into the shortbread pan.  Prick the entire surface with a fork, and bake the shortbread right in the pan at 325 degrees for about 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Let the shortbread cool in its pan for about 10 minutes before you loosen the edges with a knife and flip the pan over into a wooden cutting board.  If the shortbread does not come right out, tap one edge of the pan.  Cut the shortbread into serving pieces while it is still warm.

32 comments:

Julie said...

I've always wanted to make shortbread but never have! These look so delicious. Love the way youve dipped them in chocolate. YUM!

Deb said...

Every time you post a recipe it looks like it comes from a magazine. I seriously think you should create your own cook-book. Seriously!!

Susan said...

LDH, I agree with Deb. You are an immensely talented photographer and baker. You definitely should write a cookbook. IT WOULD SELL! And I'll be the first buyer. Don't laugh. This is a serious suggestion and I think Deb would agree. Have a great Tuesday! Susan

La Tea Dah said...

What a lovely post! Your cookies look delicious! Yum --- orange and chocolate!

I posted about shortbread cookies today as well --- and then was happy to hear that you had as well.

Happy Holidays to you!
LaTeaDah

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I'm so excited that you used your fabulous find! I remember thinking you really scored when you found this beautiful pan. Now I'm sure you did because your shortbread is really lovely dipped and crunchy.

Julie Harward said...

What a beautiful cookie and treat. And what a smart gal you are to have bought that pan! ;D

Mumzie said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love shortbread cookies with tea, and these look wonderful! I must fine one of those pans. Thanks for sharing, Yvonne

sewingseedscraftylife said...

The cookies are absolutely gorgeous. I have never made shortbread but I will definitely give these a try. I don't have that beautiful pan, what's a good alternative? Patty

NanaDiana said...

Those look wonderful! YUM! Hugs- Diana

Jennifurla said...

These are simply gorgeous, loving the chocolate and design mold.

Ann said...

My but you are some baker. Not only that but the pictures are so beautifully composed that you just want to sit down and dig in. It doesn't hurt that they have chocolate on them either...lol I agree with the other comments about you doing a cookbook. I think it would be a hit.
My husband loves shortbread cookies, I know he would like this one

Janice said...

That looks so good! I bet the orange gives it a lovely lift!

Olga said...

Looks fantastic!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I have never been able to remove the shortbread from my pan like that! I am so impressed and hope I can do the same. Mine has a beautiful floral design and I've stopped using it because it always sticks.

I will try your method!

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! And I love the flavor combo! That was a great find too.

Petra (Zoom Yummy) said...

Wow! Those are the most lovely and interesting cookies I've seen in awhile. Yay! What a great find - that shortbread pan. Love it! And I also love your pictures! :) Petra

Mary said...

Looks delish! Your photos are making me drool...

hip-chick said...

Oh my goodness!Yum! and so pretty as well. I hope you don't mind I'm going to link this post to my blog so that I can have the recipe and remember where it came from.

Vivienne said...

I had no idea that shortbread pans existed until now :P
They look like pizzas pieces...hehe esp you cut it up with a pizza cutter too!

Warm buttery shortbread...YUM! They look very elegant too I have to say!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I bet these taste marvelous Lorraine, but the pan makes it WOW! Wouldn't these make great little gifts? Very impressive.

Kristen said...

I can just imagine how happy you were to see that your garage sale treasure turned out such gorgeous shortbread. The chocolate and the orange is a winning combination.

Suzanne said...

Is there a tastier combination than orange and chocolate:-) How delicious it sounds!

crochet lady said...

Those are so very pretty. The perfect cookie for an afternoon tea. I would be worried about them coming out of the pan as well... but it came out perfect.

Vittle me this... said...

looks delicious!

Norwegian Phoenix said...

Those look amazing! I love the pan you used, that's beautiful. Of course dipping it in chocolate makes everything better. Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try this one soon!

Thanks for stopping by my blog as well, I really enjoyed your comments!

flutietootie said...

Your cookies look really delicious .

Tanya said...

Those cookies have my mouth watering. Orange and chocolate is such a great combination. I've been wanting to try at least orange (if not chocolate, too) in a whipped shortbread recipe.

PS...great garage sale find!

Jennifer said...

Those look too pretty to eat. So great. Stopping by from UTT&D.
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Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

These look wonderful - I would love it if you linked them in my Cookie Exchange!

Susan,
http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/
Party and Entertaining Inspiration

Amy said...

Your shortbread is beautiful! I bet they taste just as great as they look! ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

C said...

These sound wonderful! However, I'd like to know if you used salted or unsalted butter?

thanks!

Unknown said...

Thanks for leading me back to this point, Lorraine! I can see I even commented about my cookies sticking :) Love the sound of the orange peel in these and was thinking about trying to make them with lemon peel too. Your pan is beautiful with the scalloped edge.

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