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Thursday, May 1

Chocolate Chunk Shortbread and Fair Trade Brunch

Today I’m excited to partner with Fair Trade USA to celebrate Mother’s Day through their Moms Make a World of Difference efforts. Today’s post is full of goodies, including a delicious recipe for the Fair Trade Brunch, a really awesome giveaway, and the story of a mother in Rwanda who’s life has been improved thanks to fair trade practices. I studied international relations and women’s studies in college and these issues have long been dear to my heart, so I’m more than delighted to help spread the word!

chocolate chunk shortbread | celebrating moms who make a world of difference through fair trade | by @janemaynard

Fair trade benefits all of the farmers it touches, but I can see how it is especially helpful for women. So many women in developing countries are tasked with both supporting their families monetarily and being the primary caregiver for the children. The burden can be great, but I have heard stories time and again about real women in these countries who, through fair and good employment, are able to not only provide for their families financially but also spend more time with their children.

fair trade usa | quote from rwandan worker and mother mukantelina soline | from @janemaynard

As I started looking through the Moms Make a World of Difference website, this quote from Mukantelina Soline, a mom and coffee farmer in Rwanada, really stood out to me: “Growing coffee is hard work, but it is work that I love because it helps me improve the lives of my children.” Let me preface my next comment with this – I always feel incredibly blessed and grateful for my work and my situation. But that doesn’t mean that the stress of working and being the primary caregiver in our home doesn’t sometimes get to me. Even though my life and my work is different than Mukantelina’s, reading her words made me feel a kinship with her. It also made me realize that, when the stress starts to get me down, I just need to be grateful.

fair trade usa | rwandan worker and mother mukantelina soline | from @janemaynard

As I read more of Mukantelina’s story, I learned that she has three children – one in school, one who can’t go to school due to chronic illness, and a third who joins her as she works each day. By joining the Dukunde Kawa Coffee Cooperative in 2003, Mukantelina has received extra support with the processing and sale of her coffee as well as additional income. Now she spends more time with her family, and she has been able to get electricity for their home and a cow to provide milk for the family. This is why fair trade products are so amazing – when you buy these products, you know that it is making a real difference in real lives.

chocolate chunk shortbread | celebrating moms who make a world of difference through fair trade | by @janemaynard

To prepare for the Fair Trade Brunch, Fair Trade USA sent me a box of goodies from 12 of their partner companies. SO MUCH GOODNESS. I was challenged to come up with a recipe for their online Mother’s Day brunch that uses 2 of the ingredients. I knew I had to use the Guittard chocolate because I’m completely obsessed with their chocolate (theirs are the only chocolate chips I buy and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I can finally get them at almost all grocery stores!). There was also a bag of brown muscovado sugar by India Tree that intrigued me. I thought about recipes that really feature brown sugar and shortbread immediately came to mind. And then I got cooking!

fair trade guittard baking chocolate and india tree muscovado sugar from @janemaynardfair trade chocolate chunk shortbread from @janemaynard

These simple shortbread cookies are, quite simply, delicious. The buttery, brown sugar flavor pairs nicely with the little punches of chocolate. These cookies would be a great addition to a brunch – a little something sweet that’s not too sweet. They are also good for just eating any old time. Like right now while I’m typing this post. (I literally just walked into the kitchen to get one!)

fair trade goodies giveaway from @janemaynardThe winner of the giveaway was Kim, who said, “Your cookies look fabulous!” Thanks, Kim! And I hope you enjoy all your goodies (I’m sure you will)!

Before we get to the recipe, let’s do a giveaway! One of you lucky, randomly-selected people will win the same goodie box that I received. Here is what you’ll get!

Here is how to enter the giveaway! (All comments must be posted by midnight PT on Sunday, May 11 and prize must be shipped to a U.S. address.)

Now, let’s make some yummy shortbread!

making fair trade chocolate chunk shortbread from @janemaynard

Chocolate Chunk Shortbread
 
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Serves: 25
Ingredients
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup India Tree Fair Trade Brown Muscovado Sugar
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch kosher salt (optional)
  • 2 ounces Guittard Semi-Sweet Baking bar, chopped into small pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar together on medium-high speed in a stand mixer for about 3 minutes with the paddle attachment. Scrape down bowl.
  3. Add 1½ cups of the flour and a pinch of salt (if using). Beat with paddle attachment on medium speed until fully incorporated.
  4. Set aside the paddle attachment and switch to the dough hook.
  5. Add the rest of the flour (3/4 cup) and mix on medium-low speed with the dough hook, kneading the dough in the mixer for about 5 minutes, scraping down bowl as needed.
  6. Switch back to the paddle attachment and add chocolate chunks. Mix on medium speed until chocolate is mixed in completely.
  7. Roll dough out on a floured surface to about ½-inch thick. Using a round or flower-shaped metal cookie cutter about 2 inches wide, cut cookies and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. (If you run into a chocolate chunk with the cookie cutter, just push hard right through the chocolate.) Prick the tops of the cookies with a fork.
  8. Form leftover dough into a ball and roll back out to ½-inch thick and repeat process until you've cut all the dough into cookies.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bottoms of cookies are light golden brown.
  10. Makes about 26 2-inch cookies.

 


110 Comments »

  1. 1
    Beth G.

    Yummy! I love shortbread, I can’t wait to try these!!

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    Colleen

    Love shortbread so I can’t wait to try this!!

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    Colleen

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    Follow on Pinterest too!

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    Deairdre Miller

    Yum!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Deairdre Miller

    And on pinterest

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    Deairdre Miller

    And fair trade usa on pinterest

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    Deairdre Miller

    and on facebook!

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    Trish

    this is the second shortbread recipe I’ve pinned today, must mean I need to make shortbread!

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    Samantha

    I’ve never made shortbread, but would love to try this recipe!

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  14. This recipe looks so good!

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    Leslie

    These look perfect for an upcoming Girl Scout tea I’m hosting!

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    HS

    I love shortbread cookies.

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    Joanna

    I love it that this giveaway is fair trade! My husband and I are very passionate about buying fair trade. Thank you!

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    Justyna

    These cookies look like a great addition to the tea/ coffee party I’m having at my house this weakened with my girlfriends! I will definitely make them and coffe, as well as, dark chocolate in my house are always fair trade. Love this giveaway!

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    Gianna

    That looks so delicious!

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    Kay Gee

    The cookies look great!

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    Lynn BB

    LOVE shortbread!

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    Emily

    Yum! Looks good.

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    Emily

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    Emily

    and pintrest!

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    Kim

    Perfect for a little sweet treat. Will make these soon.

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    Casey B.

    I love this!

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    Casey B.

    I also follow you on pinterest.

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    Casey B.

    And I have liked you on facebook!

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    I like fairtrade on facebook!

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    And i follow ft on facebook!!!

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    Molly

    Big fan of shortbread!

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    Molly

    …and I like you on Facebook.

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    Molly

    AND I follow you on Pinterest! Hurrah.

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    dina

    what yummy-looking cookies for the fair trade brunch and what a wonderful organization. I also study women’s issues–from a legal perspective and am interested to hear about this. great post!

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    karen

    What a nice giveaway and what lovely cookies!

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    Kim from PA

    Chocolate, sugar, and tea. All Fair Trade. I’m in!!!

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    Stephanie P.

    Thanks for the post (and giveaway), every post like this helps people understand we make choices every day with our buying dollars. Nice to see a real person who benefits from fair trade and how important it is to purchase fair trade products.

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    Meryl

    The cookies look great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Linda G

    I love shortbread AND India Tree Muscovado Sugar but never thought about putting the two together. I’ve always used white sugar before, but made this recipe and it is definitely a step above anything I’ve created before. The chocolate chunks didn’t hurt either. 🙂

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    Melissa G

    Your photos are great! Would love to win.

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    Kim

    Your cookies look fabulous!

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    Julie Ann

    Wow! This would be a delightful Mother’s Day gift!

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    diane

    I’ve never tried the Guittard chocolate bars but if you recommend them, I know it’ll be great. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

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    erin

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    Denise Fla

    What a great giveaway!

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    Kim

    Those cookies look amazing!

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    Jamie

    Yeah for fair trade! I always try to support when I can.

    And those cookies look yumalicious!!

  82. I love shortbread, so yummy!

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    Christen

    Love all that is out there that is Fair Trade! And who can pass up some shortbread cookies?!

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    maggie

    This cookies look amazing

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    Julie B.

    Love this blog – thanks for the great posts and chances to win!

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    Veronica

    Thank you for sharing the shortbread cookie recipe. I just made these and they are exceptionally good!

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    Anne P.

    Love this recipe and the wonderful (true) story behind it!

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    Amy L

    The shortbread cookies look so yummy. I’d love to do some baking with these wonderful ingredients.

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    Julia

    Jane, I watched “The Fair Trade” What is your life worth? documentary recently, you should check it out.

    Thank you for the recipe, I’m going to do give them a try, this will be my first time baking a shortbread cookie, so I’m pretty nervous, but they look to good not to.

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    Tabitha

    These looks delish! Looking forward to trying them!

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    Laura C.

    These look so amazing! I love Fair Trade chocolate!

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    Sandy S

    Shortbread – the best!

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