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Checkerboard Cookies II

This is the second time I make/bake checkerboard cookies after last Christmas baking.Last Christmas was the first time this amature baker, baked Checkerboard cookies and the result is not really great especially the shape. Anyway ,I think this batch is still not perfect coz I cut the dough way too thick.As they said practise make perfect,right? I should make this Checkerboard Cookies more often to get the perfect shape.Maybe I should bake this cookies for this coming Chinese New Year.This recipe is slightly different from my previous Checkerboard Cookies.


Ingredients:


1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate


4 tbsp water


2 cups butter,plus extra for greasing


1 cup sugar


5 cups all purpose flour ,plus extra for greasing


2 tsp vanilla extract


1 egg for brushing






Method:


1:Line the bottom of an rectangle, 8x10 inches pan with parchment paper.Melt the semi sweet chocolate in double boiler to form a paste .


2:Whisk butter,sugar and flour together until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Divide the mixture in half and add the melted chocolate paste to one portion..Knead with your hands until the mixture is evenly colored and forms a smooth dough.


3:Add the vanilla extract to the remaining mixture,knead to form a smooth dough and divided it in half.


4:Using your fingertips,evenly press out each piece of dough on a lightly floured work counter to the size of prepared pan.


5:Layer the flattened pieces of dough in the pan,starting with a chocolate layer.Press well together to remove any trapped air.Slice each rectangle lengthwise into 8-1 x 10 inch strips. Place two strips of opposing colors next to each other.Brush with egg wash to stick the dough together each time ,place and top the next dough on another dough. Place two more on top of those, placing opposing colors on top of each other. Repeat until the checkerboard is four strips high. Repeat with remaining strips. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour or more.


6:Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare parchment paper on 3-4 baking sheets. Turn out the unwrap dough and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.


7:Bake the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes,or until firm.Transfer to a wire rack and let it cool.




Note:


This cookies is kind of refrigerator cookies..For easy cutting and assemble,make sure the dough is cold and hard enough.





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13 comments:

pigpigscorner said...
January 13, 2009 at 4:27 AM

They look so pretty with the ribbon!

Mochachocolata Rita said...
January 13, 2009 at 5:02 AM

waw, so pretty! when will i be able to bake these T_T....

mycookinghut said...
January 13, 2009 at 1:49 PM

This is a difficult cookie to make! I would love to experiment it but I am worried that I will fail. :(

Donna-FFW said...
January 13, 2009 at 5:07 PM

So very pretty. I love how they look. You package them wonderfully. So very talented!

noobcook said...
January 13, 2009 at 6:34 PM

really nice packaging ... impressive =D

Mrs Ergül said...
January 13, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Now you have uncovered the mystery of these checkboard cookies for me! Thanks!

Kevin said...
January 13, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Those cookies look good. Great presentation!

Beachlover said...
January 13, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Thank you guys for admiring and comment on my checkerboard cookies!!

pixen said...
January 18, 2009 at 2:13 PM

so beautiful and dainty presentation... thank you for sharing the recipe. You sure have a yummy blog. Problem is how to shed the extra kilos after seeing and trying your recipes? :-D

PS. I Don't bother...eat first, loose them later ya? :-D

Beachlover said...
January 18, 2009 at 4:02 PM

pixen:
lol! you are like me! keep thiking about diet but never happened!

LCOM :
thank you:)

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