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Shortbread or Cookie, this is a conversational topic. The majority classifies shortbread as a cookie, but there are some who consider it a biscuit or even a cake. One would be hard pressed, though, to find someone willing to classify it by its given name-bread. First, shortbread calls for a large percentage of shortening thus the name shortbread. Second, short refers to the desired crispness or "shortness" of the final product. Historically, the namesake shortbread was defended by early Scottish bakers who fought to prevent shortbread from being classified as a biscuit to avoid paying a government tax on biscuits.

Shortbread originated in Scotland. In Scotland one can find regional shortbread variations. Shortbread is frequently eaten around Christmas and the New Year; it is consumed year round in many countries. With its centuries old history, it is the "Granddaddy of all butter cookies" and a mainstay in Europe.

The Shortbread cookies can be made in different patterns using the chocolate and vanilla flavors, you can make different flavors by adding the nuts flour,
zest according to your wish. This is a basic shortbread cookies of chocolate and Vanilla. Have fun in making different patterns with your kids and enjoy.....


White Dough

Ingredients :

All purpose Flour - 1 1/2 cup
Butter - 3/4 cup
Icing Sugar - 1/3 cup
Egg yolk - 1
Vanilla essence- little

Chocolate Dough

Ingredients :

All purpose Flour - 1 1/4 cup
Cocoa - 1/4 cup
Egg yolk -1
Butter - 3/4 cup
Icing Sugar - 1/3 cup
Pinch of salt

Method :

1. For this cookies its really very important to use cold butter.
2. Mash the butter and sift the icing sugar on top of it.
3. Chop and scrape the butter with a dough scraper until the icing sugar is perfectly mixed in.
4. Add the egg yolk and continue scraping.
5. Sift onto the butter. Mix with the fork or dough scraper like a bread crumbs.
6. Knead the dough gently with your hands and work it into a ball.( Don't give more pressure like chapathi dough)
7. Repeat the above steps for the Cocoa dough.
8. Wrap the 2 doughs in plastic wrap and put them into the fridge for 30 minutes.
9. Make rolls using 100g of dough for each roll. ( This 100g + 100 g is only for one pattern)
10. Also make some rolls with rectangular profile.
11. Put all rolls into the freezer for 30 minutes.
12. For cutting the rolls, the rolls need to be firm enough but not as hard as a stone.
13. Here comes the most interesting and fun part to make the chequered pattern.
14. Cut the frozen rolls into halves, quarters and so on. You should be very care full when cutting it.
15. Brush the sides with water and recombine the pieces to interesting patterns.
16. After combining roll them on the table to make sure that all pieces stick together firmly.
17. Cut the rectangular rolls into four slices. Then cut two slices of each color into four stripes.
18. Recombine the stripes to slices ( four stripes each) with alternating color. After that layer four slices to one rectangular roll.
19. If you need to make make covers for the rolls.
20. Make a sheet of white or black dough with a roll.
21. Brush the sheet with water. Place the roll on the sheet and roll it until full roll is covered with the dough. Cut the excessive part.
22. Put them in freezer for 1 hr. Before baking bring back to room temperature and cut into thick circles.
23. Bake in the baking sheet in 350 f for 13 minutes.

Note :

1. For spiral pattern using the rolling pin just roll them to 1/4" thickness, repeat with another color. Keep one on top of other.
2.Roll it tightly and put in the freezer for 1 hr. Then You can proceed the same procedure from 28 and 29.
3. Mix all the scrap doughs to make marbled cookies.
4. Cut to different patterns and bake.
5. Its really important to put it in the freezer for a while, each and every time you make different patterns.
6. Brush with water when you make patch works and press slightly so that they stick to each other.
7. For making wheel pattern make cylindrical and cut to quarters, repeat with both colors and fix colors alternatively to form a wheel.
8. The above measurement yields about 200 small cookies. Again this depends on the pattern, size you make.

Try different patterns and enjoy the fun.

Cool Lassi(e)  – (August 31, 2010 at 3:16 PM)  

Oh my! What an array of beautiful looking shortbread cookies. They are too cute to chomp.

Radhika  – (August 31, 2010 at 3:18 PM)  

Love the different textures and patterns. Please fedex :)

Anu Nandu  – (August 31, 2010 at 3:20 PM)  

Wow Pavithra - I really really really want these now. I'm craving so much for these now love them!

Vrinda  – (August 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM)  

Too good n very well done..Awesome......

Priya Suresh  – (August 31, 2010 at 3:40 PM)  

Cookies looks fantastic..beautiful work Pavi..

Shabitha Karthikeyan  – (August 31, 2010 at 3:49 PM)  

Awesome cookies. Loved the designs and I wish I could have some !!!

Padma  – (August 31, 2010 at 3:50 PM)  

WOW Pavithra... looks mouthwatering. Feel like having them all. Beautiful pictures.

Unknown  – (August 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM)  

wow, that is some creativity. Love your patience and outcome both :)

Suman Singh  – (August 31, 2010 at 4:20 PM)  

WOW...cookies looks fabulous..Love the different patterns on the cookies..looks so professional and beautifully done..thanks for the recipe dear!

Panchpakwan  – (August 31, 2010 at 4:24 PM)  

Cookies looks fatastic..lovely shapes and designs on it.

Hayley  – (August 31, 2010 at 4:30 PM) cookies ! fantastic work..

chakhlere  – (August 31, 2010 at 5:41 PM) perfectly made cookies!!! Amazing work!!

Sailaja Damodaran  – (August 31, 2010 at 5:52 PM)  

It has turned out so good.Nitya & you both making me hungry.Bye going for making a cup of tea.....Yum

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (August 31, 2010 at 7:56 PM)  

Nice one Pavitra, as kids we used to make this with marie biscuits with choco powder and ordinary... Havent tried it this way though!!! Btw I checked the Rice dhal upma but couldnt write any comments there... Its pretty much the same but only thing we make it as kudumulu...

Prerna@IndianSimmer  – (August 31, 2010 at 8:32 PM)  

Wow, Thanks a lot for visiting my space Pavithra because that led me to yours! What a wonderful blog you have here and what pretty way to style your food!
Soo looking forward to learning a lot from you!
Keep up the good work and stay in touch!

Bergamot  – (August 31, 2010 at 8:54 PM)  

wow what an awesome display of cookies. You took a lot of effort in getting this done..Great job

Sunitha  – (August 31, 2010 at 9:03 PM)  

Wonderful! Enjoyed reading about short breads, how it all started. And the pretty short breads are quite inspirational.

Kalyani  – (August 31, 2010 at 9:33 PM)  

wow they r so perfect & wonderful .. Great job & thanks for sharing .........

Nithya  – (August 31, 2010 at 9:38 PM)  

Cheers anni.. Great cooks think alike.. he he ;) Loved your patterns as well. Super :)

Unknown  – (August 31, 2010 at 10:14 PM)  

There you go,again a cute presentation with awesome recipe...ur click make me drool.:)

Sushma Mallya  – (August 31, 2010 at 11:04 PM)  

i had tried this one before but your cookies looks so cute and very have really done it perfectly pavithra

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (August 31, 2010 at 11:19 PM)  

Fantastic . Should be very patient in making these.

Unknown  – (August 31, 2010 at 11:58 PM)  

Looks super gud....Luv those patterns and clicks, looks awesome!!

Rachana  – (September 1, 2010 at 3:59 AM)  

Fantastic! Thats a beautiful display of cookies :-) Great job!

chef and her kitchen  – (September 1, 2010 at 4:16 AM)  

Lovely patterns wid dose cookies..looks really droolworthy dear...Why dont u send me a pack of them dear?

jayasree  – (September 1, 2010 at 4:22 AM)  

I am speechless seeing the different patterns you have come up with. I usually do the simple one. Thanks for the different pattern ideas.

My Kitchen Antics  – (September 1, 2010 at 4:53 AM)  

that is just waaay too pretty to the 1st pic a lot

Shabs..  – (September 1, 2010 at 5:52 AM) did u do that round one?...cant make it out...!!amazing....fee like having some cookies now!

priya  – (September 1, 2010 at 6:03 AM)  

great.....only experts can do this!!!

Unknown  – (September 1, 2010 at 7:49 AM)  

wow must admit your patience, they look fab and great to history behind it and loved ur first pic :)

Simply Life  – (September 1, 2010 at 7:50 AM)  

wow, those cookies should be sold in a store! they're beautiful!

Menaga Sathia  – (September 1, 2010 at 8:47 AM)  

wowww delicious cookies,looks perfect!!

Sreelekha Sumesh  – (September 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM)  

Great job.Cookies looks absolutely delicious!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi  – (September 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM)  

what a beautiful spread of patterns on plate...more than small pieces of art. great work done with these shortbread cookies.

Namitha  – (September 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM)  

Appreciate your patience and the results worth it..beautiful beautiful cookies...

Satya  – (September 1, 2010 at 2:19 PM)  

awesome cookies pavitra ....all cookies looks so inviting ...feel like to grab them ...gr8 work dear


Sandhya Hariharan  – (September 1, 2010 at 4:31 PM)  

Beautiful cookies... I m here after quite a long time ...
ur new template is quite cool too!!

Raks  – (September 2, 2010 at 12:53 AM)  

Great effort,as always I have to say you have a great patience! Lovely clicks,especially the first click of the chess board,nice collection you have ;)

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (September 2, 2010 at 2:01 AM)  

wow what an arrangement of yummy cookies .speachless on seeing ur stunning pictures.

Padhu Sankar  – (September 2, 2010 at 6:24 AM)  

Wow looks awesome!! You have lot of patience

Sarah Naveen  – (September 2, 2010 at 7:17 AM)  

awesome awesome..they looks so lovely and yummy!!

aipi  – (September 2, 2010 at 8:32 PM)  

Stunning clicks n fantabulos cookies !!!!

Unknown  – (September 2, 2010 at 11:33 PM)  

Hi Priya,

nice to be here for the first time..i did respond to your face book request!do respond to mine as well!!

lovely cookies....


Satrupa  – (September 3, 2010 at 12:37 AM)  

Hi Priya,
You are a genious in the kitchen .... you have a wonderful space n I am stunned by the gr8 recipes and super cute presentations.

Thanks for droping by my space.

Cheers n Happy Cooking,

Santosh Bangar  – (September 3, 2010 at 2:02 AM)  

hi thanks for follow
i can not imagine such a nice cooking with nice different design i have to learn these thing from u .Awesome!!!

Angie's Recipes  – (September 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM)  

I love the checkerboard patterned cookies! They look very pretty!

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