Tuesday, August 31, 2010
TWD: Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
I think one of the best ways to measure the success of a treat is how quickly it disappears. Though Josh enjoys most things I bake, occasionally he will tell me he likes something I made, but then I’ll find myself having to remind him it’s around (and will he finish it, please, so I can bake something else?). I made this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie selection, Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, on Saturday morning and when I went to photograph them on Sunday afternoon, there was a sizable dent in the cookie jar – success! When I mentioned he must be enjoying them, Josh said they are “small guilt-free little cookies.” I don’t think most people would characterize chocolate shortbread cookies “guilt-free,” but I’m glad he likes them!
Dorie has a neat trick for this recipe: rolling the dough in a Ziploc bag! I was impressed with how evenly it rolled. I was not so impressed with my cutting abilities (it was Saturday morning and my coffee hadn’t kicked in); after a half-hearted attempt trying to cut the cookies neatly into squares per the instructions, I resorted to a cookie cutter. I don’t always like chopping up chocolate, but I thought these cookies deserved a nice chocolate bar and it was worth it. Since we were out of ice cream, I made a batch of Cacao Nib Gelato (recipe here) to go with the cookies, and it proved to be a divine combination.
This recipe gets an 8 for Deliciousness and a 2.5 for Effort, for an EDR of 3.2. Many thanks Donna of Life’s Too Short Not to Eat Dessert First for a yummy selection. You can find the recipe here on her site and visit the TWD site to see what the other bakers thought.