Mint and chocolate are a classic combination, and here they meet in a crumbly and buttery shortbread biscuit. Oh my!
This time I only used dark chocolate when garnishing the biscuits, and added some mint extract to the chocolate. Plain chocolate would work just fine too, and the addition of white chocolate would be wonderful. Prettier! Even more chocolate!
Mint & Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits (30-36 biscuits)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract (or mint extract)
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
green food colouring, to taste (or to sight, really!)
peppermint or mint extract (optional)
Cream together the butter and the caster sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg. Stir in the peppermint extract.
In another bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add to the sugar mixture; stir to combine.
Add food colouring until the dough turns the desired shade of green, a drop or two at a time, mixing well. (If your food colouring is anything like mine, you will likely use several drops – I think I ended up with close to a teaspoon! So feel free to add 2-3 drops on the first round. )
Roll the dough into a log: the diameter of the log will be the diameter of your cookies. To get about 30 cookies, you should aim for a log 4-5 cm in diameter. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 200 C. Line cookie sheets with baking paper.
Slice the log into 0,5-1 cm slices and place slices on cookie sheets.
Bake for 7-9 minutes in the preheated oven, or until just getting lightly golden at the edges. (A bit tricky to gauge as the biscuits are green, so you might want to bake a test biscuit first!)
Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
When the biscuits have cooled, melt chocolate (and mix in a few drops of peppermint extract, if using).
Drizzle the biscuits with the melted white and/or dark chocolate – or dunk half of each biscuit in chocolate, or cover the entire biscuit with dark chocolate and drizzle some white chocolate on top, or vice versa. Whatever takes your fancy!