Let me introduce you to my latest obsession, Dark Chocolate Dipped Rose Shortbread. These shortbread cookies are sweet & floral and are so easy to make. You would be crazy not to give them a go.
At the start of every year, I like to do a little research and see what is predicted to be popular for the coming year. One of the predictions for 2018 Food Trends was floral flavours. I have always been a fan of rose, lavender, violet and elderflower. When done correctly they are sweet and unique. I have been working on a good way of using these flavours for a while now and my favourite by far has been these dark chocolate dipped rose shortbread cookies.
Because of the rise in popularity in floral flavours, a lot of the shops here in the UK are now selling food grade flowers. Dried and fresh. I used food grade dried rose petals in the actual shortbread itself and I also sprinkled a few petals on the chocolate. Partly for decoration and partially for added flavour.
I really like these shortbread cookies with dark chocolate, I find that it compliments the floral rose and sweetness of the shortbread perfectly. I used a 70% cocoa chocolate, so it was quite bitter. But I like that. By all means, use a chocolate you like. Milk, white or a dark chocolate with less of a cocoa concentration of 55% or 60%.
A quick note about extracts.
The recipe calls for rose water, I used 1/2 teaspoon. I found this to be perfect, the brand I used was plenty strong enough for me in flavour. But you may find you want to add a little more so add 1 teaspoon instead. But use caution, start with 1/2 teaspoon and have a little taste of the dough. If you find it strong enough then add no more. To much rose water will make these cookies taste terrible and you will ruin the whole batch. So please use a little caution when using rose water.
- 200 grams unsalted butter (1 cup)
- 100 grams granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
- Zest 1 small lemon
- ½ teaspoon rose water
- 300 grams plain/all-purpose flour (2 and ½ cups)
- 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons dried food-grade rose petals + extra to decorate
- 200 grams dark chocolate (7 ounces)
- Cream the butter, sugar, lemon zest and rose water together in an electric mixer until very light and fluffy. About 5 minutes should do it, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Add in the flour, cornflour, baking powder and rose petals and gently mix until the dough just comes together.
- Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and bring it together and form it into a log which is about 3 inches (7.5cm) thick. Wrap the dough log in clingfilm/plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least an hour. Or up to 3 days.
- Once you are ready to bake your cookies preheat your oven to 180c/350f/Gas mark 3 and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment or a large silicone mat.
- Slice your cookies to about 1 inch (2.5cm) thick and place them on your baking sheet. These cookies will not spread very much.
- Bake them for 18-20 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to allow them to fully cool down.
- Once cool, melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second bursts. Until almost all of the chocolate has melted. Stir it until all of the chocolate is fully melted.
- Dip half of your cookies into the chocolate and sprinkle with a few rose petals if you wish. Leave the cookies on a clean sheet of parchment paper or a silicon mat to fully set.
- These cookies will keep for 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature.