Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A result of procrastination

Procrastination and general restlessness has led me to these delicious morsels. Whilst taking a break from studying (read: procrastination), I decided to bake something that was quick and easy. These bars fulfilled my baking urge on both counts, and on top of this, were scrumptious! 

Chocolate Walnut Shortbread
(Recipe adapted from Salad in a Jar)

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts 

  1. Line an 8-inch pan with baking paper. This is essential if you are to have any hope of getting the bars out of the pan without crumbling. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Stir flour, sugar and salt together in small bowl. Pour in melted butter and stir. Use fingers to thoroughly mix butter with dry ingredients.
  3. Dump butter/flour mixture in to pan and pat down smooth. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle chips evenly over the surface of shortbread cookie base. Allow to sit until all chips are completely melted and soft.
  5. Very carefully use a knife or back of a spoon to spread soft chips in an even layer. Sprinkle chopped, walnuts on top. Place in refrigerator until chocolate layer hardens. Remove cookies from pan carefully. Slice into 16 pieces.
Print-friendly recipe here.

If you look at the original blogger's posting, you'll find many variations to this recipe, such as 1/2 dark chocolate chips and 1/2 white chocolate chips which I should try out next time. The recipe is originally called "Toffee Bars Made Easy", but I couldn't detect a hint of toffee! This recipe took me under an hour to make, leaving me time to get back to studying (hmm). But the best thing about this recipe is that it only contains 96 calories. Quick, simple, delicious AND not so fattening? Score!

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