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Get ready to make and take these two shortbreads to family and friends this holiday season. Perfect to serve with drinks and more cheese!

Yield:
~84
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
Chill: 2 hours, Bake: 15 minutes per batch
Photo of Bacon, Maple & Cheddar Shortbread

Recipe by Dairy Farmers of Ontario Milk Calendar 2019

Equipment

  • Nonstick skillet
  • Stove
  • Papertowel
  • Plate
  • Heat proof bowl
  • Chopping knife
  • Large bowl
  • Stirring spoon
  • Whisk
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Fridge
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) maple syrup
  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated extra old cheddar cheese

TIP: Pour syrup slowly to allow the cake to absorb the mixture. Cake can be stored covered at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Instructions

  1. In a nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy; reserve fat and remove bacon to paper towel lined plate. Pour bacon fat into small heat proof bowl to cool. Finely chop bacon.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, maple syrup, and cooled bacon fat until smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped bacon.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Stir in cheese. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until dough comes together. Knead together and divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each into a log and wrap with plastic wrap. Shape into a square log and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until dough is very firm. Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Preheat oven to 325° F (160° C).
  5. Slice into 1/2 inch (1 cm) slices and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes or until light golden. Repeat with remaining dough.

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