Hazelnut and Milk Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits
l love shortbread and wanted a flavour both my kids and myself would enjoy so I decided on hazelnut and milk chocolate chip for this recipe.
Shortbread has a lot of butter in the recipe as this is what gives it melt in the mouth texture. It is well worth buying a good quality butter for this recipe as it really does make a difference.
They are very quick to make and to start you cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer, with a hand mixer in a large bowl or even just a wooden spoon and bowl. When the butter is light and fluffy add the flour, cornflour and salt gradually until it is all combined and forms a soft dough. Add in the chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts then mix until they are incorporated through the dough.
On a floured surface roll out the dough to 1/2 cm thick and cut out approximately 20 biscuits.
Place the biscuits on the prepared trays, chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then bake for 25-30 minutes.
When they come out of the oven sprinkle with some extra caster sugar. Then allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.
100g Caster Sugar
200g Plain Flour
Pinch of salt
100g Milk chocolate chips
50g Chopped hazelnuts
Extra caster sugar for decoration.
Line two baking trays with baking parchment.
In a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the flour, cornflour and salt gradually to the butter mixture until it comes together as a soft dough. Add the milk chocolate chips and hazelnuts then mix again until fully incorporated.
On a floured surface roll the dough out to 1/2 cm thickness and cut out in oblong shapes (approx 20 biscuits). Place on prepared trays and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade (160 fan) and
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with some extra caster sugar. Leave to cool slightly on the trays then transfer to a baking tray.
Sarah’s extra slice......
You can use any shaped cutter but I used the oblong cutter as they look like shortbread fingers.
Always use a good quality butter when making shortbread it really makes a difference to the taste!