DOUBLE CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD WITH PISTACHIOS (adapted from Sucheela )
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup crushed pistachios
chocolate to dip
Preheat the oven to 150C. Grease and line two or more baking trays.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.Sift the flour, cocoa and salt together over the butter mixture. Fold the flour in until well combined, and begins to form a dough.
Form a ball from the dough and wrap in glad wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.
Remove from the refrigerator and sit for 10 minutes to soften slightly.
Meanwhile, turn the oven on to 150C. Grease and line two or more baking trays.
Prepare a flat surface with some flour, and roll the dough out to about 1/2 an inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, stamp out shapes and place on the trays until all the dough is used up. Cook for 25 minutes before removing from the oven. Cool completely on trays before removing. When cooled, dip in melted chocolate, and sprinkle with pistachio nuts, if desired.