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.

11 comments:

Nichi said...

Beautiful cookies, I like the fluted cutter look... and Cocoa nib gelato?! Yum!

Megan said...

I love the shape - they look so fancy! And I laughed at your comment for him "to finish them, so I can bake something else" - because that's what I tell my kids!

Kayte said...

It was easy and fun cutting them into squares, but I like the looks of your cookies so much, I want to do that next time. They look so dainty and pretty with the scalloped edges.

jillbert said...

They're a cute shape! I judge the real popularity of a recipe by how fast it disappears too.

Cakelaw said...

Your litte round cookies look so cute! Perfect with icecream.

Heather said...

These cookies are adorable! I am doing a re-try next week and would like to try them with a pretty cookie cutter instead of the squares.

Beth said...

Your cookies are so beautiful. How nice to hear that they're guilt-free. I'll enjoy them even more!

Life is too short . . . said...

I love the shape of your cookies. I am thrilled that your tasters liked them as well. That is, after all, the true measure of one's baking success. Thanks for baking with me this week.

HanaĆ¢ said...

I love the ridged edges from the cookie cutter. Very elegant. I thought for sure you'd make ice cream sandwiches with them :o)

Thanks for stopping by and your compliment on my blog's new look. Good luck with the bday cake this weekend. You can't go wrong with any recipe in Rose's Heavenly Cakes. Will you be posting it?

TeaLady said...

I think round is a much better shape than square - which is why I made mine round,too.

Yep, if they don't like they don't tell, They just don't eat!!

Jules Someone said...

I like your round cookies. I use a ruler and a pizza cutter. Makes it go fast.