Saturday, November 29, 2008


These are perfect for dunking in ice cold milk or hot coffee/teh tarik/kopi tarik.They are very crispy and crunchy and easy to make although I had a problem keeping 3 pairs of hungry eyes off them so that I could slice and re-bake them as sticks. Not much different from a biscotti except that they are shaped perfectly for dunking.

This recipe is from a magazine called The Better Cook.

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups plain flour
2 cups unsweetened or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts) optional

Preheat oven to 180 C.

In a large bowl beat butter and shortening for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar and soda. Beat until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla well. Beat in as much flour as you can and fold in the rest. Fold in the choc chips in and the nuts too if used.

Press dough evenly into a 13x9x2 inch baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or thereabouts until the centre is set.

Cool in pan for 1 hour. I did not wait that long because I was just simply impatient so I cut them while still slightly warm and it was OK.

Cut them 1/2 inch wide and about 6 inches long or half of the breadth of the pan that was used. Place them cut side down on an ungreased baking pan and bake them for about 8 to 10 minutes or until they look crispy around the edges.

Serve with a glass of cold cold milk or hot coffee.

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