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Spectacular Marble Shortbread

I love baking. Baking is therapeutic. Baking is like having two invisible hands kneading your big brawny tradie shoulders into gooey blissfulness.

Which I don’t have. Because I’m a girl and girls don’t have big brawny shoulders. If fact, even if I did want that kind of muscle I would have to take steroids, or some disgusting tasting spinach juice or body building power which can taste equally as gross. So I’m told. ‘Sides, it’s scientifically impossible for girls to have big brawny shoulders. My karate instructor said so, so it must be true.

Anyhoo. Back to baking.

Today I baked what I’ve come to call Spectacular Marble Shortbread. It’s so unbelievably amazingly easy and delicious.

Here’s how you make it.

250g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 self-raising flour
2 tablespoons baking cocoa powder or to taste

Put your butter, vanilla essence and sugar in a bowl.

If you’re like me, the invisibly massaging hands, sending you into a gooey blissful coma, will cause you to make a complete mess of this simply task and spill your vanilla essence everywhere.

Is it just me or does this look like a claw? Like a crab hiding under my chopping board?

Creepy cooking crabs.

This is the shot I should have shown you. So much more dignified. But then I am an honest person and baking does bring out the slob in me.

Beat the butter, vanilla essence and sugar together with an electric beater. It should look like this.

Lick the sugary goodness of vanillary butter off your beater. This is vital. Spectacular Marble Shortbread can not be made without licking the sugar goodness of vanillary butter off your beater.

‘She’s right, you know.’

Thank you, Creepy Cooking Crab.

Sift your flours.

Draw a face in your flour. Very important. Adds humour to the mixture.

Knead the mixture well. Place half the mixture in a separate bowl.

Now here’s where I diverged from my recipe book. I was meant to put in choc chips, but had none. So since I happen to be kinda, sorta obsessed with chocolate and all things chocolaty, I used cocoa powder.

Add the cocoa powder to one of the bowls. Knead well.


Combine both bowls of mixture to create the marble effect. Knead together, not too much. Just enough to get the marble look.

Oh, sweet yummalicious. Doesn’t this make your mouth drawl?

Just in case you blinked and missed it, here it is again.

Press firmly into a greased tin.

Pop in a oven (160 degrees) for 25-30 minutes.

When they’re cooked, carefully cut them into pieces while in the tray and leave to cool.

Seem that succulent crumb there?

I took a photo of it.

And ate it.

And realised I really need to clean my nails.

So that’s how you make Spectacular Marble Shortbread. See, you learn new things everyday when you hang out with me.

If you hadn’t hung out with me, you would have made boring old choc chip shortbread instead of my delicious tasting Spectacular Marble Shortbread.

Seriously, which would you rather?

May you be a baking slob!
xx The Girl In Trousers

2 thoughts on “Spectacular Marble Shortbread

  1. Yummmmmeeee! I’m not much of a baker like you but this looks delicious enough for me try. Thanks for sharing your unique cooking style, Kate.

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