About this recipe:These extra chocolaty biscuits will cast a chocolate spell on you. Once you have eaten them, you will want nothing else. If you can't find Dutch process cocoa at your shop, just add a pinch of bicarb to the dry ingredients. They are great with icing too!
250g icing sugar
50g Dutch process cocoa powder
450g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
350g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g chopped semisweet chocolate
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:10min › Ready in:30min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
In a large bowl, stir together the icing sugar, cocoa, flour and salt until well blended. Cut in the butter until lumps are no larger than peas. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until a stiff dough forms. It may take a minute to come together.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to .5cm thickness and cut into desired shapes using biscuit cutters. If the dough is too sticky, chill for a little bit. Place biscuits 5cm apart onto an ungreased baking tray.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the surface appears dry. Allow biscuits to cool for a couple minutes on the baking tray before removing to wire racks to cool completely. When biscuits are completely cool, melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir frequently until smooth. Dip cookies or drizzle with the chocolate and place on greaseproof paper to set.
yum, simple and delicious recipe. Does need icing though, I used cream cheese icing with a tablespoon of raspberry jam. Goes really well with these buttery chocolate shortbread biscuits. Will make again for sure! One hint, make sure you use an extra large bowl, there is a lot of dough!! - 17 Feb 2011