Ria's Collection: ♥Espresso & Chocolate Shortbread Cookies♥

Monday, August 3, 2009

♥Espresso & Chocolate Shortbread Cookies♥

Shortbreads fascinate me that crunch, that melt-in-the mouth feel...hmmm...it's an all time fave of mine :)
It was just few days ago that Avanika n myself were chatting about Raksha Bhandan goodies that she was planning to make for her brothers . And that lead to some Shortbread discussions and eventually she sent me a link of one. And the moment I read through that...I knew what my next attempt would be :D

It is a very simple recipe which is done in a slightly different manner where you need to roll out in a plastic /zipper bag and trust me... that makes life much easier :) For all you coffee -ers this will win you over!

Espresso-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours & re-adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Makes 32 cookies


1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon boiling water
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (plain, or a toffee variety), finely chopped, or 3/4 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)


  • 1. Dissolve the espresso in the boiling water, and set aside to cool to tepid.
  • 2. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth. Beat in the vanilla and espresso, then reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, mixing only until it disappears into the dough. Don’t work the dough much once the flour is incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate with a sturdy rubber spatula.
  • 3. Using the spatula, transfer the soft, sticky dough to a gallon-size zipper-lock plastic bag. Put the bag on a flat surface, leaving the top open, and roll the dough into a 9 x 10 1/2 inch rectangle that’s 1/4 inch thick. As you roll, turn the bag occasionally and lift the plastic from the dough so it doesn’t cause creases. When you get the right size and thickness, seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or for up to 2 days.
  • 4. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  • 5. Put the plastic bag on a cutting board and slit it open. Turn the firm dough out onto the board (discard the bag) and, using a ruler as a guide and a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch squares. Transfer the squares to the baking sheets and carefully prick each one twice with a fork, gently pushing the tines through the cookies until they hit the sheet.
  • 6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point. The shortbreads will be very pale–they shouldn’t take on much color. Transfer the cookies to a rack.
  • 7. If you’d like, dust the cookies with confectioners’ sugar while they are still hot. Cool the cookies to room temperature before serving.

They were really delicious and is perfect with a cuppa coffee especially on a rainy day


foodcreate said...

Delicious !!!!! I love your blog !!! and your Cookies look soooo tasty I'm a coffee lover... So this are going to perfect :)

thanks for sharing your recipe:)

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Manju said...

OMG!! isnt that awesome or what?? love coffee in anything!!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

They look perfect, Ria. Another of my daughter's favourites. She's definitely a cookie person.
I find them too rich, but the coffee in it sounds interesting.

Snooky doodle said...

oh so so good ! chocolate and coffee are my favourites. and who doesn t love shortbread :) Nice blog!

Pari Vasisht said...

wow a perfect gift for a coffee lover brother.

Abhilash Pillai said...

These are good and crisp looking cookies...
Chocolate in cookies... mm... Interesting... "Hide and seek taste"

I will try the same with mango replacing chocolate as I don’t prefer chocolate... :D kidding...? No I am serious... you can have a ripe mango been sliced, made juice and later keep it to be dry. After 2-3 days, you will get perfect hard mango slices.

Cut them and use instead of chocolate following the same steps.
How is that?

I will try it...

Вера said...

very,very nice!!!

Lori said...

Beautiful photos! I just love shortbread and the coffee/chocolate combo can't be beat. It sounds so great!

Karine said...

Your cookies sound delicious!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Rachel said...

Two among my best flavors..beautiful presentation.

Ann said...

This is awesoem.. looks fabulous and and I just love the super cute presentation

Kate said...

Mmmm...these look tasty! Can't wait to try them.

p.s. Here from tastespotting.com. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What fantastic shortbread cookies! Can I have one with my coffee, please?



Katie said...

You've definitely just mixed my three favorite things, coffee, chocolate, and cookies. :D Great stuff, I'm totally gonna be making these! :)

saffronapron.blogspot.com said...

Fantastic Ria. I bookamrked thsi one too :)
Love that u used espresso instead of just instant coffee.I am definitely going to make this sometime next month and binge:)

Ria Mathew said...

Thank y'all!

Abhilash- Lemme know how that turns out :)

Unknown said...

Wow wow wow! You made them! And so well!! They look perfect!! Unfortunately, I didn't get around to making these yet, but now that even you're endorsing them, I'm sure going to try these ASAP!

P.S - Thanks for the little mention :)

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