Can I Make Shortbread Cookies w/ Cool Ziploc Bag Hack?
I had saved this Stay at Home Chef YouTube video for chocolate chip shortbread cookies because it looked simple & tasty and I thought her hack using a Ziploc bag when rolling / chilling the dough was so nifty.
It seemed like a good way to cut down on mess! Also, I always have trouble rolling out my dough & chilling it.
When I was coming up with the Trivial Pursuit pieces for Trivia Day! (Jan. 4), I knew that shortbread would be a good base for them because they don't really spread when you bake them, so they would be the same size as when I put them in the oven & the same size as real Trivial Pursuit piece holders. Haha. :)
Her recipe only has 6 ingredients, pretty simple! :) She uses mini-chocolate chips and dips the shortbread in melted chocolate, but since I was making them to look like Trivial Pursuit pieces I left those out. I also didn't have any vanilla around (again). When I was at the store once, I did try to buy vanilla, but they were sold out. One of these days. :)
I made a half-batch.
What I used:
- 1/2 cup of softened butter
- 1/3 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 cup of flour
- Cooking spray (to spray parchment paper on baking sheet)
In the recipe, but I didn't use:
- Mini-chocolate chips
- Melted chocolate (for dipping)
Equipment: Ziploc bag, rolling pin, oven, baking sheet, parchment paper
First, you cream your butter and powdered sugar together. Then you add in the flour.
She gives some good tips in the video. As she noted after you mix in the flour, shortbread dough is a little weird and it won't look like dough or that it has come together. It won't become a dough until you start rolling it.
Hack / Fun Part: Then, you put your dough into the Ziploc bag and using a rolling pin and roll it from the outside! Then you put the bag in the fridge to chill / set for 1-2 hours.
There are a lot of benefits to doing it this way. It's a lot less messy than rolling out dough and trying to transfer it. There are a lot less things to clean. It also allows the dough to be rolled into a regular shape. I always have trouble rolling dough, especially a fragile one like this, so the constraints of the bag really help because the dough conforms to the shape of the bag. :)
After 1-2 hours in the fridge,
You just cut away the bag! And put the cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
She's making little shortbread bars, so you can just use a butterknife and cut rectangles easily. I was making Trivial Pursuit and some shortbread bars, so I used a circle cookie cutter for some.
Bake them at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown (depending on the size of your cookie).
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! :) The shortbread cookies turned out really well. They are tasty.
I loved the Stay at Home Chef's Ziploc bag hack and I'm going to try it out when rolling out other kinds of dough too. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!