Did someone say chocolate orange shortbread?

Jamie Oliver – 5 Ingredients Cook book

I purchased the Jamie Oliver – 5 Ingredients Cook book a few years ago as a stocking stuffer gift for my husband. It was purchased for him and if I happened to get some use out of it, then it was a win win situation :-). I am not a good cook and I really don’t enjoy cooking. I have a select few things that I can make that the family enjoys, otherwise, I leave it up to my husband who is a fantastic cook. I thought that maybe this recipe book could help me make a few more items to feed the crew. Plus, with each recipe only needing 5 ingredients, it should be quick to make.

I made a pasta dish from this book and it was pretty darn easy and I thought it tasted pretty good. Although I have never made it again so maybe it wasn’t as good as I remember.

The book is divided into different sections based on what the main ingredient is or its purpose. For example, there is a section for salads and a section for pork. Of course, there is a “sweet treats” area for me. Apparently there is a nutrition section, but I didn’t read it. The bottom of each recipe does have the nutrition information for that specific recipe but again, I didn’t pay attention to any of it. When it comes to treats, I’m all in!

For my first treat recipe, I selected the Chocolate Orange Shortbread cookies/bars/fingers. As it states, it only needed 5 ingredients. The directions were easy to follow and required pretty common kitchen utensils.

You can’t really see the orange zest in my flour mixture but it is in there.

The recipe is in volumes (not weight) and the temperature for the oven was provided in fahrenheit.

I melted the amount of chocolate as called for in the recipe. Initially when I added the chocolate to the glass bowl to melt, I didn’t think that it was going to be enough. However, once it was melted, I found I had a lot left over after making the not so pretty squiggles on the cookies. I tried to make pretty circles; it didn’t happen.

I probably could have dipped the cookies and had full coverage of chocolate on them for the amount that was left over. Don’t worry though…it didn’t go to waste. I would never waste chocolate.

My orange zest was more like clumps of wet orange zest. I must learn how to make pretty zest.

The conclusion

I have made a lot of shortbread cookies over the years. This recipe was easy to make, but all shortbread cookie recipes are pretty much the same and are easy to make. These cookies tasted much better the next day so if you make them, I would suggest giving it at least 24 hours to set before consuming. You can always tide yourself over with the left over chocolate.

Do you own this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comment box down below. If you make this recipe, I would love to see how your cookies look. Tag us over on instagram @heidiswhatsburning

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