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Hungarian Shortbread:TWD/Baking with Julia May 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — jane @ 11:18 am

I tried this recipe on Sunday. It was part of a cookie extravaganza, 4 cookies in one day!! I had read the other baker’s posts (which have been incredibly helpful) and decided to cut the recipe in half and use a 8 inch square pan.  I was unclear if I would really like this recipe and it seemed like a lot of butter to use if I didn’t care for it. I followed the recipe as written until I had grated the bottom layer. I then baked this for 15 minutes. I  spread apricot jam on the bottom  and then grated  the top layer. (Grating the bottom layer, enjoyed the process!! Grating the top layer, not so much) I put it in the oven and started watching it at 35 minutes. I continued baking for another 10 minutes and it looked good. I  let it cool for a while and then sprinkled it with powder sugar. I took it out of the pan and  cut it into small pieces and tried a sample. Very sweet, it seemed like a good consistency and yet not fabulous. I took some to a friend and said it was a semi loser cookie. Loser cookies are the ones that don’t quite make the grade, this was a semi loser meaning it had possibility. The kitchen assistant came one and tried it, not a loser !!was the proclamation.Compared to the other cookies I made that day it took last place.Definitely glad I tried it but given the other successes of the day I wouldn’t make it again.

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15 Responses to “Hungarian Shortbread:TWD/Baking with Julia”

  1. Alice Says:

    i should have made a half recipe as well! :)

  2. Rebecca Says:

    What other cookies did you make? Don’t leave us hanging like that. :) I thought these were pretty good, but different tastes and all that.

  3. judy Says:

    It was a good idea to halve the recipe. I liked the cookie, but it is so rich I’m not sure if I’ll make it again.

  4. i did the same and baked half in an 8″ square. i agree with the assistant–not a loser! :)

  5. Not a loser in our house :) But I like the idea of only making half.

  6. Cher Says:

    Apricot jam sounds tasty. I am impressed that you made four kinds of cookies in one day. I usually lose patience before I finish the first batch of cookies :-)

  7. sanyaliving Says:

    4 cookies in one day! Wow! Sounds like it did ok considering some stiff competition it was up against!

  8. Kathy Says:

    I also thought this was a bit too sweet, but very delicious and addictive…I wish I halved it, too! Yours looks lovely!

  9. mireia Says:

    We did like it but I made half the recipe too, for my own health!!

  10. Saira Says:

    Lovely Shortbread :-)

  11. Those other cookies must have been really great! They look great!

  12. Mary Hirsch Says:

    So sorry it didn’t work for you but maybe you were on cookie overload. One of those little Hungarian Shortbread bars does it for me! WHAT WERE YOUR OTHER COOKIES.

    • jane Says:

      The other cookies were Ina garten’s shortbread dipped in chocolate, Maida Heatter’s McMaida shortbread and Baker’s Royale coffee cake cookies.

  13. Teresa Says:

    Four cookies in one day sounds like a fun day of baking. Too bad this one wasn’t a winner for you.


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