Dark chocolate-dipped lemon shortbread.



Sometimes, in an internet-land where combo recipes are the done thing (you know, cakes topped with macarons, brownies stuffed with chocolate bars and cookie dough, cookies filled with Nutella and topped with glaze…the list goes on), there’s something lovely about returning to a basic recipe. One with no more than five ingredients (three, really, if you exclude the chocolate and lemon zest for good old fashioned plain shortbread). About digging out an old recipe book of your Grandma’s (a dog-eared copy of Delia’s Classic collection), flipping to one of the pages she’d marked out in the back of the book as being worth making, and diving straight in armed with a wooden spoon and a block of room-temperature butter.

Shortbread’s been my sweet treat of choice, lately. There’s something about those little buttery rounds I can’t get enough of! The obsession began over Christmas, when my Mum gave us a pack of biscuits that we demolished during the few days between Christmas and New Year when we never seem to have any food in the house. We’ve somehow had at least one tin on the go ever since then, and so it seemed only right I had a go at baking my own. They really are the simplest biscuits in the world to put together- so much so that I whipped up two batches back to back in no time at all. The flavour combination I’ve made here (lemon + dark chocolate) is a lovely one, but be as creative as you fancy. I saved half of the dough and sprinkled them generously with caster sugar as soon as they came out of the oven instead of dipping them in chocolate, and since they’re such a plain base, you can pretty much add in anything you fancy.

But to be honest, tasty though the dark chocolate and lemon zest flavour combination is, my favourites are the plain ones.

Sometimes, simplicity is where it’s at.

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I find these actually taste better after they’ve been cooled a good couple of hours, as opposed to being eaten straight from the oven. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but the texture’s just better after an hour or two’s rest.

{Makes approx .15 biscuits.}
Ingredients ::
220g soft, unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
350g plain flour

1 lemon, finely zested
100g 70% dark chocolate

- Beat the butter by with a wooden spoon until creamy, then add in the caster sugar and beat again to combine. 

- Sift in the flour, grate in lemon zest to taste, and stir as much as possible using the spoon and then finish off bringing the mixture together using your hands. Don’t overwork the dough- stop kneading just as soon as it comes together.

- Dust a surface with caster sugar and roll out the dough to between 1/2cm-1cm thick, and cut out rounds using a 3inch fluted cutter. Transfer the biscuits to a lightly greased baking tray, and place into the top of an oven preheated to 150 degrees celsius.

- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the biscuits are just set and are a light golden colour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. {Sprinkle over a dusting of caster sugar whilst the biscuits are still warm, if you don’t fancy adding the chocolate}.

- Dip the cooled biscuits in melted dark chocolate, and grate over a small amount of lemon zest before the chocolate is set. They’ll keep a good couple of days in an airtight tin, if they last that long.

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Tag me up if you have a go at making them! I’m @ciderwithrosieb on Twitter and ‘ciderwithrosieblog’ on Instagram :)

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    These do look delicious! I’m not a huge fan of shortbread, but I’ve recently started to like it much more, and anything dipped in chocolate is generally ok by me! I do agree it’s nice to return to simple, tried-and-tested recipes sometimes. xxx

  • http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk/ Debbie

    These look really yummy. I haven’t cooked shortbread in so long, and have never tried it with dark chocolate and lemon. I love using my mums old Delia book, it’s covered in tape trying to keep the pages in.

    Debbie x http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Oh, these look wonderful! I love shortbread, and lemon and chocolate is such a good combination.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://www.lifeoutsidelondon.co.uk Michelle

    They look completely delicious!
    M x

  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    I had completely forgotten about how easy shortbread is to make until we included them in our Christmas hampers! I wanted to dip them in chocolate like you have but Shay wouldn’t let me :( haha! These look fab though Rosie, and I’m a total believer in simple recipes, that are tried and tested. But I would be tempted to try a lime and white chocolate (key lime pie inspired) shortbread off the back of this! YUM! x

  • http://www.laughteriscatching.com/ Laura @ Laughter is Catching

    Shortbread and ginger breads are so easy but such a crowd pleaser, I love making them. These look delicious! and dipped in white chocolate with raspberry would also be lovely :)

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    These photos are so gorgeous Rosie, right out of a cookbook! I do love simple good biscuits sometimes – you can’t go wrong with a digestive or shortbread :)

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://heyrita.co.uk/ Hey Rita

    Oh my days! These look absolutely divine. Maybe I’ll give this recipe a try in the weekend


  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    Those sound incredible – I may try and make some.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    These look delicious Rosie!

    Also absolutely love your mixing bowl, so vintage looking.



    An English Rosie

  • http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk Charlotte Roberts

    The photos are gorgeous! I always find it hard to show step by step recipe posts as my imagery doesn’t look as good. These shortbreads look delicious though and I shall try making some soon!


  • http://www.peoniesinparis.com/ Elise Dopson

    These look gorgeous! Lovely photos :) x
    Elise @ Elise Dopson

  • http://www.mochaandmoccasins.com/ Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

    They look amazing! I love the simplicity of shortbread too, and lemon and chocolate work so well together in desserts.

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Pili G

    They look amazing! Would love to try some!




  • http://www.conversationswithcaroline.com/ Caroline Towers

    I am not a huge lover of shortbread but I think could happily give these a try seeing as they are dipped in chocolate :-)


  • http://bellsantiago.blogspot.co.uk/ Bell Santiago

    These look delicious im obsessed with shortbread and add chocolate? Perfect ♥

  • Gemma Carey

    I love lemon flavoured desserts! These look delicious :)


  • http://www.twolittlepigsdownunder.com twolittlepigs downunder

    Ummmm so these look absolutely amazing. It’s breakfast time in Australia but maybe today is a day for elevenses at 8am?

  • http://www.missmollyemma.blogspot.com/ Molly

    Oh my these look delicious! I normally make double chocolate cookies but now have a craving for simple shortbread. I’ll definetly be making these soon :)

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica

    Oh yes these sound lovely, usually I don’t like citrus with many things but this sounds perfect xxx

  • http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com/ Caroline L.

    Shortbread is so dangerous with me! I nibble and nibble and nibble, and soon realize that I’ve downed a whole plateful!!

  • http://www.aglassofice.com Gabrielle

    Gosh, these look utterly delicious and the food photography is even better!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice 


  • Jo Fisher

    Oh my goodness! I think I’ll make these for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. They look amazing!

    Jo x
    She Wears Burgundy

  • http://tinygreycat.com Tiny GreyCat

    These look yummy! I have to agree though that plain shortbread is the best. Can’t go wrong with some shortbread and a nice cup of tea! <3

  • Jennalyn

    That looks so delicious ! Its a great gift for this coming valentines day! i have to try this! :3
    xoxo | Jennalyn
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