Our co-founder Janna Bishop made these cookies for friends of Flourist to great accolades. They are another delicious example of how our Sifted Flours can add so much flavour to an already great recipe.
Zebra-Striped Shortbread Cookies
~ adapted from Bon Appetit
2⅓ cups (324g) Flourist Sifted Red Fife Flour, divided
1½ tsp kosher salt, divided
⅓ cup (33g) cocoa powder
1¼ cups (284g) unsalted butter, room temperature
⅔ cup (144g)granulated sugar
¼ cup (35g) powdered sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract or paste
Whisk 1⅓ cups flour and ¾ tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Whisk cocoa powder, remaining 1 cup of flour, and remaining ¾ tsp. salt in another medium bowl. These are the bases for your chocolate and vanilla doughs.
Beat butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until smooth. Divide mixture between the 2 bowls of dry ingredients (about 1 cup in each). Scrape the vanilla mixture back into stand mixer bowl (save the mixing bowl) and beat on low speed just until combined. Return to reserved bowl. Repeat process with chocolate mixture.
Arrange 2 large sheets of parchment paper on a work surface. Dollop one-quarter of chocolate dough in the centre of each sheet and pat into rough 6x2" rectangles. Dollop one-quarter of vanilla dough on top of each chocolate slab and pat into rectangles the same size and shape so that you have 2 layers each. Repeat the entire process so you have 4 alternating layers. Tightly press stacked dough into cylinders about 1½" wide and 8" long, using the parchment to help you. Wrap logs in plastic wrap and chill until very firm, at least 2 hours.
Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°. Working one at a time, unwrap dough. Slice into rounds a generous ¼" thick, rotating after every few cuts to keep slices round. Arrange cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2" apart. Bake, rotating baking sheets top to bottom and front to back halfway through until the edges are just set, 12–14 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets.
Do Ahead: Dough can be made 3 days ahead; keep chilled. Cookies can be baked 5 days ahead; store airtight at room temperature.