This is an adult cookie. It's got a strong espresso presence and large chunks of barely sweet dark chocolate. I love the combination, and it fits in beautifully with my growing assortment of shortbread cookies.
The only two kinds of cookies I make, as a general rule, are drop cookies and slice and bake. The task of rolling out dough, cutting it, then reforming the scraps, etc. usually exceeds my level of patience and energy. And really, most cookies aren't worth all that work and mess.
Cookie making should be a joy, an easy breezy task that doesn't create chaos in the kitchen.
My husband walked into the kitchen while these were baking and asked 'Who's roasting coffee?' That was just the effect I was going for.
You can make this dough in a food processor, a stand mixer, with a hand held mixer, or by hand. I do it with my stand mixer. It all comes together in minutes and then the log of dough chills out until you need it. Don't have room temperature butter? Just zap it for about 15 seconds in the microwave.
Espresso Chip Shortbread
makes about 12-14 cookies, but the recipe is easily doubled if you crave more
oven to 325
1 cup flour
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, or superfine sugar
2 Tbsp instant espresso powder (use 1 for a lighter coffee flavor)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, briefly blend the dry ingredients.
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 or 2 tsp milk or half and half
- Add the butter and the vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix on low until the butter is incorporated. It will seem dry at first, until the butter has a chance to become thoroughly incorporated into the flour. Add in the milk or half and half a little at a time just until the dough comes together.
- Turn out onto a surface and mix in the chocolate chips with your hands, distributing well, but don't overwork the dough.
- Form the dough into a smooth 7 or 8 inch log, on top of parchment, plastic, or waxed paper.
- Roll the log of dough up with the paper and twist the ends to secure.
- Refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm.
- Slice the chilled dough into approximately 1/3 inch slices. Don't worry if the dough crumbles, just reform them on the baking sheet.
- Bake on a silpat or parchment lines baking sheet for about 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of your slices. Don't over bake, this shortbread should be silky and creamy, not crisp.
- Cool on a rack.
If you like coffee flavored cookies, check out these Espresso Hazelnut Shortbreads
or Coffee Chocolate Chips