(Next Christmas, I may try making them with even more ginger and 3/4 demerara sugar and 1/4 icing sugar.)
above recipe based on Xerez Haffenden's Fresh Ginger Shortbread With White & Dark Chocolate Drizzles
Xerez Haffenden's Fresh Ginger Shortbread With White & Dark Chocolate Drizzles http://www.vancouver.cbc.ca/contests/cookie/recipe12.html
The following recipe was on the CBC British Columbia - Recipe Collection website at http://www.vancouver.cbc.ca/contests/cookie/recipe12.html
CBC Radio Holiday Recipes
FRESH GINGER SHORTBREAD WITH WHITE & DARK CHOCOLATE DRIZZLES
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Submitted by: Xerez Haffenden
I started life as a cookie deprived child. My four siblings and I received store bought bulk 1970's style shortbreads (2 per day) doled out along with a baloney sandwich in our lunch boxes. Rescue came when my grandparents moved next door when I was eight. Real homemade cookies became available daily! I was enlightened and have loved and made cookies ever since. My favourites were always the real shortbread (read: butter fiend) but alas they were only made at Christmas.
One of my treasured possessions is my Grandmother's cookbook, which was left to me - it's a 1940's Women's Farm Union of Alberta collection, with all her recipes along with information on how to clean and cook porcupine (which I have yet to try). This recipe is my adaptation of her shortbread (I added the zingy ginger and chocolate), and I make these every year with her in my thoughts.
Method: Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolk and ginger. Add flour and mix well. Refrigerate batter for a half hour to make it behave. Roll out and cut with a 2" star shaped cookie cutter. Bake for 15 minutes in a pre-heated 325 F oven or until golden brown. Use parchment paper for perfect cookies. Let cool on a rack.
- 1 lb butter
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 cups flour
- 1 heaping teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root
- 2 squares white baking chocolate
- 2 squares dark baking chocolate
- 2 teaspoons butter (divided)
While cookies are cooling, melt white and dark chocolates separately, each with a teaspoon of butter. Drizzle a little melted white and a little melted dark chocolate over each cooled star and let set. Very beautiful with a great zingy taste!
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