Orange, Pistachio and Chocolate Shortbread
This buttery shortbread showcases the classic combination of candied orange and dark chocolate. The cookie ages very nicely and is even better in the days after it is baked. The cookie dough will feel crumbly when it’s removed from the mixing bowl but pressing the dough into the baking pan and allowing the dough to hydrate over the course of a few hours will help it come together.
- Serves: 48 persons
- 3cups/419 grams all-purpose flour
- 1teaspoon kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
- 1 ¼cups/284 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾cup/175 grams granulated sugar
- 1large egg yolk
- ½cup/76 grams roughly chopped candied orange peel
- ½cup/76 grams shelled unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped
- 4ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Step 1Whisk together flour and salt in a medium bowl. Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using an electric mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment if using a stand mixer), beat at medium-high speed until the mixture is pale in color, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula, as needed. Add egg yolk and blend until combined.
Step 2Add flour mixture and mix on low until combined. If there are dried bits of flour left around the bowl, use a rubber spatula to incorporate. Add orange peel, pistachios and chopped chocolate and fold in with a rubber spatula. (The dough will be crumbly. If necessary, use the electric mixer to add the mix-ins, or work them in with your hands.)
Step 3To form the cookies, line an 8- by 8-inch baking pan with plastic wrap and leave a generous amount of overhang on all sides. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and pat to flatten in an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and chill dough 8 hours or overnight before baking.
Step 4To bake the cookies, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Step 5Using the parchment overhang, remove the dough from the pan and cut the square into three equal rectangles. Cut each rectangle crosswise into roughly 1/3-inch-thick slices (about 48 cookies total) and lay them flat on the prepared baking sheets, about 3/4-inch apart. (If the dough crumbles when slicing, simply push the mixture together to reform the cookie.) Bake until lightly golden on the bottom but still blonde on the edges, 15 to 17 minutes.
Step 6Remove from the oven, allow cookies to cool on the sheets. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.