FC shortbread cookie bars - help pls
Last night I made the peanut butter and chocolate shortbread bars from Dec's Fine Cooking. I followed the recipe to a "t" and the results were very disappointing. The cookie layer seemed greasy and tough, the peanut layer was fabulous and the chocolate layer somehow not sweet enough. I would venture to say I found them bland, which seems very strange considering the 3 distinct layers!
I was surprised that the recipe called for melted butter (I did cool to "just warm") as most other shortbread recipes I've encountered use softened butter. I cooked until golden brown, maybe too brown? I used Hershey's new bittersweet chocolate for the topping, maybe semisweet would have been better?
Any thoughts? Any bar cookie baking suggestions?
Last week I ruined some toffee bars from Silver Pallett by using 1/2 bread flour (didn't look at package until mixed in!) so it's been a bad baking streak...
I have had great, tender, non-greasy results using melted, uncooled butter in shortbread dough--so not entirely convinced that's your problem. Toughness might be from overmixing once you add the flour? It should be mixed in last, with a light hand.
As for chocolate--semi-sweet is sweeter than bittersweet.
Better luck next time!