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