Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chocolate dipped shortbread

Since I'm pregnant I am totally giving in to all the cravings.....on Valentines day we made these and they were winners!

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup safflower oil
2/3 cup maple syrup
2 t vanilla extract
1 t fine sea salt

2 cups grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 T safflower oil

Preheat oven to 350
Combine the flours and baking powder in a large mixing bowl
In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, syrup, vanilla extract, and salt
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to form a smooth dough
If the mixture is too crumbly, add a bit of water, 1 teaspoon at a time, and up to 1 tablespoon more oil until the dough just holds together
Roll the dough out to ½” thickness between two sheets of parchment or wax paper
Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut the dough into desired shapes
Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheet
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned
Transfer the cookies to a baking rack to cool completely
While the cookies are cooling, combine the chocolate chips, syrup, and oil in the top of a double boiler and place over simmering water
If you don’t have a double boiler, place a stainless steel bowl over boiling water and melt the ingredients in it
Turn off the heat, cover, and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until the chocolate melts
Stir until smooth
Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate sauce, and place on a sheet of wax or parchment paper
Chill in the refrigerator until hardened

1 comment:

  1. You're adorable. What a special thing to do for Valentine's Day. Jose's family has taken his lead; everyone calls his 7 month old niece, Gigi. She's almost as cute as your Gigi and she signs. We're all thinking of you and your bun in the oven.