The Great Australian Bake Off

White chocolate on shortbread must mean its time to celebrate!


  • White chocolate shortbread

  • 500g salted butter, softened

  • 25ml vanilla extract

  • 160g icing sugar mixture, sieved

  • 500g cake flour, sieved

  • 200g white chocolate, finely grated

  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

  • Cherry jam

  • 225g fresh or frozen cherries, pitted

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 15ml lemon juice

  • 1/2 green apple, cored, unpeeled

  • Topping

  • 300g white chocolate, melted

  • 100g pistachios (bright green), roughly chopped into fine pieces

  • Dried rose petals (red or deep pink)


  • 1.

    For the jam, preheat oven to 160C. Combine cherries, chopped apple, lemon juice and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium to high temperature.

  • 2.

    Turn heat down to low-medium, then simmer with lid cracked slightly ajar (stir often). Simmer until slightly thickened (10-15 minutes), then puree to required consistency. Set aside to cool, then transfer to piping bag.

  • 3.

    For the chocolate biscuits, beat together butter, vanilla, zest and vanilla until smooth and creamy

  • 4.

    Mix in the flour and grated white chocolate until a smooth, uniform ball is formed (as more flour as needed to bring ball together).

  • 5.

    Roughly shape ball into a large rectangle, wrap in clingwrap and chill until firm. Roll the dough out to no thicker than 6mm. Cut out (at least) 24 circles (using a 5cm cookie cutter). Make a round indent in each cookie, forming a shallow lip. Neatly pipe a dam of jam in this indent. Bake for 12-14 minutes until a light golden brown colour is achieved (without browning the edges).

  • 6.

    Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

  • 7.

    To decorate, melt the remaining white chocolate in a small, deep bowl. Dip 1/3 of each cookie into the melted chocolate, then set aside.

  • 8.

    Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and crushed rose petals, the place in fridge to set chocolate.


This recipe has not been edited or tested by the Bake Off Food Department.

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