Chocolate orange shortbread sandwiches

9 sandwiches
Preparation time:
30mins (including chilling time)
Cooking time:

Chocolate orange is a great Christmas flavour combination and these delights are good enough to grace any Christmas table and can even be used as gifts.

If you’re a newbie baker then lookie here cos we’ve got some top tips and hints to help you make these:

  1. If you don’t have a round cutter, you can use a glass, jam jar or empty tin can (from baked bean or tinned soup)
  2. If you don’t have a star cutter, you could cut the centres freehand with a knife, use a smaller circle or a different shape cutter or even leave the biscuits whole
  3. If you want to make the shortbread chocolate flavoured, swap 50g of the plain flour for 50g of cocoa powder
  4. If you don’t have a sieve, wrap some icing sugar in piece of muslin and shake over the top of the cake to dust it
  5. You could use the star shaped centres to decorate another festive bake such as a yule log or a Christmas Wreath Bundt Cake.

Ingredients checklist


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan)

Step 2

In the large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with the spatula or wooden spoon.

Step 3

Add in the flour, cornflour and the zest of the orange and work into the mix by rubbing between your fingertips until a crumb consistency is achieved, then bringing together into a dough. Turn the dough out, flatten into a rectangle shape, wrap in cling film and place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes

Step 4

While the dough is chilling, make the filling by melting the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second blasts, stirring in intervals. When it is completely melted, combine with 75g of fresh juice squeezed from the orange. Set to one side

Step 5

Once the dough is chilled, remove the cling film and roll the dough out to a 5mm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out rounds and place them on the lined baking tray

Step 6

Bring the offcuts together, roll out and continue to cut rounds until all of the dough has been used up

Step 7

Cut stars out of the centres of half of the rounds, placing them on the baking tray in between the rounds

Step 8

Bake for 12 minutes, then allow the biscuits to cool completely on the tray

Step 9

Once cooled, use a spoon to spread the chocolate filling on the base biscuits then sandwich with the star-centre top biscuits. Dust with icing sugar and serve

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