Shortcrust biscuits: 12 ideas with a single dough to make all the cookies that your imagination can imagine. Today's recipe was not planned, and it's actually not even a recipe. Yesterday I decided to make cookies for my niece: I'm going to put them under the Christmas tree in a wine drawer that I recycled for the occasion. I already know that, opening it, will stretch his eyes: in fact, nobody would think i made all these cookies in 30 minutes, using only one dough.
As I prepared them, i shot the VIDEO RECIPE step by step. Given the result, i decided to share it on the fly with you. Because you can prepare them today or tomorrow to taste them for breakfast on Christmas morning with your children, for a snack, or give them away. Among other things, tomorrow will come the recipe of the mythical gingerbread cookies decorated with icing. So this is going to be a Cookie-scented Christmas! On the other hand, Christmas cookies are a beautiful and ancient tradition of the holiday season a little’ Around the world.
The container is nothing more than a saucepan of wine that I have divided into compartments with tailor-made cardboard: a creative way, simple and fun to recycle something we would otherwise have thrown away.
With my basic dough of shortcrust pastry, flavored with lemon, cocoa, cinnamon (in the video I suggest many other ideas to flavor it), I created 12 types of cookies. Spirals, quadrucci - Wikipedia, Hugs, saplings and stars, ox's eyes, thumbprint cookies. And more stuffed cookies, pistachio biscuits, droplets, horseshoe biscuits. But the limit is just your fantasy. Even in the filling you can have fun. Nutella, custard, jams. In short, with a single dough you can prepare lots of shortbread cookies: I give you 12 ideas, but you can do a lot more.
Indeed, you could make both these cookies, both i CHRISTMAS COOKIES IN PUFF PASTRY: 5 types one easier to do and greedy than the other. Again, take a look at the VIDEO RECIPE to see how fast they are to do. And don't forget to peek through all my COOKIE RECIPES: since these holidays will spend intimately, we can at least distract ourselves by cooking. And if you haven't found your perfect Christmas menu yet, seek inspiration in my CHRISTMAS MENU 2020. Run for cookies! Have a good day!
- FOR BISCUITS
250 grams of double zero flour
100 grams of sugar
125 g of cold butter
a pinch of salt
1 whole egg
- IDEAS TO FLAVOR SHORTCRUST PASTRY
20 grams of bitter cocoa
a teaspoon of cinnamon
grated lemon zest
grated orange zest
125 grams of sugar
60 grams of egg yolks (3 large yolks)
280 grams of double zero flour
pinch of salt
- TO DECORATE COOKIES
100 grams of dark chocolate
chocolate chips, to taste
Jam, to taste
Nutella, to taste
pistachio grains or other dried fruit, to taste
icing sugar, to taste
As you have seen in the VIDEO RECIPE, the preparation of shortcrust pastry biscuits with a single dough is very fast. Put the sifted flour on the planetarium or work top, Salt, sugar and cold butter cut into cubes. Work the dough with the leaf hook or fingertips until sandblasted, that is, to obtain a crumb compound. Then add the whole egg and continue kneading until you get a homogeneous panetto. If the dough is a little dry, you can add little water or cold milk, but be careful, one teaspoon at a time otherwise the shortbread will be too soft.
Once you get a homogeneous dough, divide it into 2 or 3 equal parts and flavor them as you like: I put some grated lemon zest in one, a little bitter cocoa in the other (in this you may have to add a little more liquid because cocoa tends to dry the dough) and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Flatten the doughs, wrap them in food film and store them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes: remember that shortcrust pastry must be cold before it is processed, otherwise the cookies will deform. My suggestion is to put cookies too, once ready, in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking them. To speed up the, you can spread the dough between two sheets of baking paper and put them in the refrigerator already laid out: this way it will cool down faster.
For the execution of the various types of biscuits I refer you to the VIDEO RECIPE where you'll see live in detail how to prepare them. For the decorated ones I used a decorative rolling pin that I bought on Amazon. For others you only need normal cookie form.
As for the filling and decoration, I used Nutella and berry jam for the stars, ox eyes and thumbprint cookies. I dived horseshoe cookies and simple ones into dark chocolate and decorated them with dried fruit. I just dusted some icing sugar cookies. And in no time I got 12 types of cookies one better than the other. These simple biscuits are stored for a week if kept in a tin container or hermetic container and in a cool, dry place. Bon appétit!