Monday, November 28, 2011

Chocolate Chip Orange Shortbread

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup margarine  - softened
1 tbls grated orange peel
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 tsp shortening

*(I don't do this. I use a portion of dark chocolate bark, melted
over a double boiler)

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees
Sift or stir flour & cornstarch together - set aside
In a large bowl, beat powdered sugar & margarine until light & fluffy
Add orange peel & blend well
Stir in flour mixture - mix well
Stir in chocolate chips
Divide dough into 6 equal parts & shape each part into a smooth round ball
On ungreased cookie sheets, press or roll each ball of dough into a  circle 1/4" thick
With a long knife or pizza cutter, cut circle into 8 wedges
Leave in place on parchment-lined cookie sheet & prick each wedge about 3 times with a fork
Bake for about 17 - 27 mins til the edges are very lightly browned.
Take care that they don't get dark on the bottoms
Place on wire racks to cool completely
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips & shortening, stirring constantly.

Dip rounded end  of cooled shortbread wedges into chocolate.
Place on wax paper. Let stand to set.

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