Chocolate-dipped shortbread swirls

    45 min

    These chocolate shortbread biscuits, called 'Spitz' in French, taste a bit like Viennese whirls. You'll need a piping bag and tip, but other than that, they are easy to make.

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    Makes: 20 shortbread biscuits

    • 200g butter, softened
    • 75g icing sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
    • 1 egg white
    • 225g plain flour, sieved
    • 150g dark chocolate

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
    2. Beat butter in a bowl with an electric mixer till creamy. Add sugar, vanilla sugar and egg white; beat for 1 minute. Add flour and mix until the flour is incorporated.
    3. Place the mixture in a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe 20 shortbread biscuits in the shape of a large "W" on the lined tray.
    4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
    5. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a hot water bath. Dip one half of each biscuit in the melted chocolate and place on a wire rack till chocolate has set. Store the shortbread in an airtight biscuit tin.

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