I started out the year making several nice lean dishes but I've been craving cookies. And I love shortbread. And I love trying new flavors of shortbread. These are actually an adaptation of a Bon Appetit clipping from a couple of years ago, I think. So ... these aren't exactly lean, but they don't have a lot of sugar in them. How much butter, you ask? And I reply, "they have very little sugar in them." Butter or no, they are delicious!
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 tablespoons grated orange zest, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
to this, forming clumps ...
Toast almonds and mix with remaining tablespoon of orange zest. Set aside.
I wish I had a nickel for every pan of nuts I've lost to the toasting process. Perhaps I get distracted too easily. It was close this time ...