Brown Sugar Shortbread (aka Scottish Churros)
Adapted from a recipe I clipped years ago from The LA Times. These buttery, rich, slightly cinnamon-flavored shortbread cookies are very, very good on their own, of course. Fabulous, actually. But honestly? I baked them this weekend for a reason.
As psuedo-churros*, they totally qualify for dunking in that Mexican Hot Chocolate.
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 1/3 c. flour (NOTE: you can sub in masa harina for half the flour. A reader says it rocks!)
Additional cinnamon sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 325.
Using electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add brown sugar, mix again. Add egg yolk, mix again, then add salt and cinnamon. Fold in flour using wooden spoon, working just until combined. Do not over mix -- dough may still be a little crumbly.
Press mixture into either a 9 inch square pan, or a 9 inch round springform pan, using your fingers to make sure it is evenly spread out and no dry spots remain. If using a round pan, cut lines across the dough with a sharp knife to form 12 wedges. If using a square pan, cut squares or rectangles of whatever size cookies you'd like. Using a toothpick or a wooden skewer, poke a few holes in each cookie. Sprinkle the pan with a generous dusting of cinnamon sugar.
Bake for 45 minutes, until edges are golden brown and center is firm to the touch but still has a little give. Allow to cool for 20 minutes or so. If you are using a spingform pan, remove the sides of the pan, then cut into wedges along the previously formed lines. If using a square pan, carefully turn out the entire pan of cookies onto a baking rack, then use the baking rack to help turn the cookies right side up again onto a cutting board. Cut into smaller cookies along the previously formed lines.
Allow to cool completely, then serve.
With a warm cup of you know what.
Anyone know how to say "Nuff said!" in Spanish?**
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* Like the grilled cheese churros, but easier to make without a frying pan, and a lot crunchier.
** Apparently, it is "No digo mas!"