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Speckled Shortbread

Yield 3 dozen
Vanilla and chocolate flavor this Scottish classic.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1-ounce) square semisweet chocolate, grated

How to Make It

  1. Beat shortening and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

  2. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into mixture; discard pod. Beat in egg yolk. Add flour and salt, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in grated chocolate. Press dough into an ungreased 15" x 10" x 1" jellyroll pan.

  3. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan. Cut shortbread into 3" x 1 1/4" strips, using a fluted pastry wheel. Let cool completely in pan.

  4. Shortbread Wedges: Press half of dough into an ungreased 9" round cakepan. Bake at 325° for 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Cut shortbread into thin wedges. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Yield: 2 dozen

Christmas with Southern Living 1995