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Vanilla-and-Chocolate Shortbread Swirls

Recipe photo courtesy of Mike Krautter

Two flavors of dough are formed into a single log, then sliced and baked in these tree ring-like cookies. Martha gilds the lily with milk chocolate "bark" and pistachio "moss" for a unique faux-bois effect.




Cook's Notes

For simpler shortbread swirls without the faux-bois effect, after slicing dough 1/4 inch thick, transfer to prepared sheets, spaced about 1 inch apart. Bake until firm to the touch and just lightly golden on the bottom, about 18 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks and let cool completely.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • ALR9630880DW
    8 JAN, 2019
    No adjustments made. It’s a fun recipe, if you like baking, and I do. Thanks for sharing this recipe!! It’s going to be a hit with my ladies at the shop🙂
  • voovootoo
    27 DEC, 2018
    Martha, oh Martha! I followed this recipe to the "T", and was very excited when I cut and rolled them out because they looked so fabulous! Just as pictured! I baked them as directed, allowed them to cool, then tasted one.....sorry, but the shortbread had absolutely no flavor! I was so disappointed! My husband tried one his comment was "hum, no taste"! So I'll pass them onto my outdoor pets...birdies, squirrelly guy and bunny...they'll enjoy them. I couldn't even justify dipping them in chocolate and pistachios; I had given up enough to of my time preparing these oh so boring cookies.
  • kristiannejudd
    15 DEC, 2018
    The vanilla layers are very crumbly so don’t be alarmed. It’ll all work out. I recommend weighing the 4 pieces of dough. I was off on the weights so the chocolate layers were a lot bigger. A bit of a process but pretty impressive in the end!
  • dodottodot
    20 AUG, 2018
    Fun cookies to make, great instructions. Show Stopper at the office.🎉
  • r3teksolutions
    23 MAY, 2018
  • jamelrobin
    23 MAY, 2018
    this shortbread swirl was excellent
  • jamelrobin
    23 MAY, 2018
    • jamelrobin
      23 MAY, 2018
      this shortbread swirl was excellent

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