Thursday, March 5, 2009

A short Shortbread story

Once upon a time there was a girl that loved shortbread...

...she also loved caramel...

... and brown butter.

One day this girl decided to make shortbread cookies with caramelized sugar and browned butter.

CARAMEL BROWN BUTTER SHORTBREAD

  • 120 gr (4.3 oz) sugar
  • 200 gr (7.1 oz) salted butter*
  • 300 gr (10.7 oz) flour

* Or if you only have unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt.

Star by doing a dry caramel: Take a dry pan to the stove and heat it for 1 minute. Add the sugar and it will star caramelizing on the edges, move gently with a spoon until all sugar is melted and with a nice caramel color. At this point add the butter cut into very small chunks. The caramel will bubble so be careful. Keep mixing until all the butter is melted and the mixture starts to get a darker color, don't get carried away or you might burn it. We want brown butter, not burnt butter ;)!

Let it cool slightly and add the flour mixing well, either by hand (carefull if it's still hot) or in a mixer. Take to the fridge until the dough is completely cool. Roll between 2 pieces of cling film or in a floured surface and cut as you like. Bake in a preheated 170ºC (325ºF) oven, until they are golden brown and delicious.

The girl was so happy with her cookies! They had a subtle caramel flavour and were extra crunchy, still beeing buttery. In fact she liked them so much she had to freeze most of the cookies so she wouldn't eat them...

... and then she ate them frozen.

The end.

68 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

CARAMEL shortbread?!?!??! Are you freaking serious?!?!??! As a major caramel fanatic, I am BEYOND tempted by that recipe - THANK YOU!! :-D

caosnacozinha said...

Lol! I loved the ending! I can imagine (so well and close to my heart it's frightening) a girl eating frozen shortbread!
And I loved the recipe! So want to try it! :)

***
mariana

jillian said...

The caramel and brown butter make these sound so good. Also, I ate frozen cake yesterday ;)

Nichi said...

Those look deadly delicious...

Heather said...

those are so adorable! they sound delicious - i love the addition of caramel!!

Y said...

Hehe.. I love how the story ends!

Engineer Baker said...

And once, there was a girl who wished she had these in *her* freezer... :)

Bea said...

Caramel + Shortbread... mmm this sounds good... when you mentioned frozen I thought of ice cream sandwiches made with this COOKIES! Love the story :)

Selba said...

Yay... this is great! the ingredients are so simple and sounds so easy to make!

Bob said...

Ho. Ly. Crap. That looks so good! That whole thing is made of win.

Reeni♥ said...

I would eat them frozen too! You could send some to me...

Ingrid said...

LOL, I like how you told the story and I think I know of ANOTHER girl who loves those things as well but who loves them even more when someone else makes them and she just cleans up the mess.
~ingrid

Elyse said...

These are the kind of happy-ending stories I wish I had heard growing up before bedtime. The story of the happy caramel shortbread that got eaten even frozen! This looks amazingly delicious! Can't wait to try it.

Lindsay said...

I love happy endings. =p

Steph said...

I love how such few ingredients can make something so delicious

Sophie said...

That sounds like my kinda girl :). Delish!

Peabody said...

Good story...and good shortbread. :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Love the story and the shortbread. What a good idea and it looks really good too.

Passionate About Baking said...

DELISH BEYOND WORDS! How yum can cookies get!!

Cakebrain said...

Hee! I love that! the pic with the brown edges...I love brown crunchy edges on cookies. Caramel and brown butter sound like am amazing combination!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow crunchy, buttery and yum.

Leslie said...

lol..even the freezer couldnt keep you away!

Jeanine said...

Wow, sounds like that girl really knows what she likes! And they look FANTASTIC! What a great combination too!

Zoe Francois said...

Simply perfect!!!

natalia said...

You scare me ! I have to resist trying to make them !!

camille said...

I know a BOY who would like this story. In fact I'm married to him. I think I'll make these for him the next time he needs a present.

Colloquial Cook said...

You are too clever Rita. You might end up being in trouble. Like I might come and live in your flat, for instance. And eat your cookies.

alexandra said...

amazing ... only three ingredients? and look what you've created? they look and sound fabulous!

Olivia said...

A recipe with hardly any ingredients? I'm saving this for a study day when I need a quick sweet fix.

Katrina said...

Yum! Love the pics and love that the recipe is so simple! Most of all, love your write up. Who is the girl, she and I, we'd be great friends! ;)

Dawn said...

....and this was a very smart girl!
You know I'm totally trying this one and I will not be tempted to add anything, as it's perfect.

noble pig said...

I bet thet were awesome frozen...how yummy.

Julie said...

I love short stories...they're my favorite. I'm thinking these cookies might be my favorite too.

Kevin said...

Caramel brown butter short bread sounds amazing!

Emily said...

That's what I do! I freeze my baked goods to prevent me from eating them! But then I end up eating them frozen. That's hilarious.

These look soooooooooo good! I am very excited by these flavors!

Netts Nook said...

Caramel and shortbread together can't wait to try they look great.

chuck said...

Short bread is one of my favorite cookies. Mind you I would say no to any cookie lol. Wonderful recipe!

Zita said...

Does this girl love only caramel, brown sugar & shortbread? ;)
Tell me more what she likes! Why the story has to end?? :)

Nutritious is Delicious said...

YUMMMMMM! Looks great!

Zesty Cook said...

This may just be the greatest shortbread recipe i have ever laid eyes on...oh wow zesty is smiling!

Mobula said...

Menudas galletas, estan de muerte, y tienen que tener un sabor impresionante...

Muy ricas...

ana

The Blonde Duck said...

I love a happy ending.

prjanik said...

I'm eager to try this receipt out tomorrow.

morgana said...

Hale, otra asignatura pendiente, el shortbread. No sé yo qué tal me llevaría con el caramelo y la mantequilla salada pero seguro que la textura tiene que ser una delicia.

prjanik said...

Hi!

I tried to make this delicious looking shortbread today, but I've a problem: after cooling down the dough is very crumbly, so it was almost impossible to shape anything of it. Did I something wrong?

gine said...

caramel shortbread :-)!! that sounds great :)!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Prjanik- Sorry if you had problems with the recipe. My dough was also slightly crumbly after beeing in the fridge, but as soon as I pressed it between my hand it came together nicely, still I prefered to roll it between 2 pieces of film to press better without sticking. Maybe the type of flour you used absorbed more liquid and so mayde it more crumbly, or you let the butter cook a bit more causing more evaporation. Those are just my first thoughts...

jodye said...

I added these to my short list as soon as I saw them! How delicious they must be!

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

Can't wait to make these! I love the combo of caramel and shortbread!

Elra said...

Wow, your shortbread look so tender and buttery.
Cheers,
elra

prjanik said...

Good morning!
Maybe you're right with the type of the flour. Anyway I've to try this receipt again because yesterday I made an additional mistake and let my "cookies" a bit too long in the oven. Thy taste good (!) but now we need good teeth :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Prjanik- Thanks for keeping me posted ;)!

FFichiban said...

*drooooooooooool* caramel and brown buuttteeerrr XD yuumm!

Ann said...

Caramel+butter+shortbread=HEAVEN. That is all.

Jescel said...

this is perfect! i love shortbreads and caramel too, and put them together--it's gotta be the bomb!.. "and she ate them frozen" - this cracked me up! i totally would too... lol.

Maggie said...

Yum! Shortbread are irresistible enough but caramel shortbread--I can see why they wouldn't be safe even in the freezer!

Maria said...

Love shortbread, I posted a recipe today:) I have got to try this one next. It looks superb!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love all of those things too. Wonderful recipe.

Jennifer said...

YUM! Lady, these shortbread cookies put Girl Scouts trefoils to shame and you better believe I heart my GS cookies!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

What an adorable post!

Vera said...

This is a genius idea, Rita! Amazing looking cookies!

farida said...

Caramel shortbread is such a great idea! Sounds easy to make too. Thanks for sharing.

Jude said...

That is some seriously deep flavors for good old shortbread. Love it!

Suzana said...

This girl would kill for one of those right now! Sugar need alert over this end.

Noor said...

Ok you and all these sweets, I can not take it. Every time I come here i gain 50 lbs just reading, lol.

ljkxkkb said...

Hi, I had a question about this recipe!

When you add the butter to the melted sugar, are the two supposed to blend together, or do they still remain as two separate layers? I couldn't get mine to really combine, so I just mixed the two as best as I could.
Also, how cool should the mixture be before adding flour? I waited a little bit (the mixture was still pretty hot) before adding the flour, but the sugar had already hardened a little, so it didn't really mix in well.

In spite of all the mistakes I made, it was still delish, so I can't wait to actually make it the right way!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Ljkxkkb,
I'm glad it turned out after all your problems! You do have to mix very well, but the dought will always look kind of crumbly. The trick is to press it well before baking. Good luck!

florianne2 said...

Mine are quite a failure, I couldn't do anything with the dough after taking it out of the fridge, it was too stiff to move! So I'm really really disappointed. My mom put the crumbs in the oven because I would have thrown it out, but I hate when food doesn't look good.