Chocolate dipped orange shortbread biscuits

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By: Rachel Allen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.38 / 5 (89 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
15 min

Rachel Allen’s Kerrygold recipe for shortbread is super easy – cut the biscuits into whatever shape suits the occasion.


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C/Gas mark 4. Grease a baking sheet with a little Kerrygold butter. Sift the flour into a large bowl and, using your fingertips, rub in the Kerrygold butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and orange zest and bring the whole mixture together to form a stiff dough. (Don’t be tempted to add any water.) Alternatively, briefly mix the ingredients in a food processor until they come together.

2. Transfer the dough to a lightly dusted worktop and roll out to about 5mm (1/4inch) thick. Cut into rounds, fingers, squares or dinosaurs, then lift carefully on to the prepared baking sheet with a palette knife, spacing the biscuits evenly apart.

3. Bake for 6–10 minutes or until pale golden, then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute or so before transferring to a wire rack to cool down completely.

4. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. When the chocolate has melted, dip the shortbread in about half way in to the chocolate, then allow any excess to drip off and place on a plate to cool and set.

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Thanks for your comments. Generally, you should use unsalted butter for baking though I have made shortbread with salted butter with good results before. The oven temperates are listed first for conventional ovens (180C) and second for fan assisted (160C). Hope you like the recipe!

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food  Posted 28 Jan 2014 10:54 AM

Is the butter salted or unsalted

eddieD39820 eddieD39820  Posted 27 Jan 2014 3:51 PM

Is the oven temp for conventional or fan assisted? Thanks!

FrancesM29859 FrancesM29859  Posted 13 Feb 2013 1:41 PM

So easy - so delicious!!

JudithB21866 JudithB21866 Posted 24 Jan 2012 5:03 PM

far superior than shop bought. john in leeds.

johnB25179 johnB25179 Posted 20 Jan 2012 3:35 PM