Dark Chocolate Glazed Espresso Shortbread Cookies

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Cooking, Desserts, Featured

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Umm yum, these are delicious!  If you love coffee and dark chocolate, these cookies are for you.  These would be perfect for dessert with a cup of coffee!
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Dark Chocolate Glazed Espresso Shortbread Cookies

(Makes about 18-20 cookies using a 3″ cookie cutter)

Espresso Shortbread Cookies:

2 1/4 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of espresso powder

1 cup of butter (2 sticks), softened

1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Dark Chocolate Glaze:

1/4 cup of heavy cream

6 ounces dark chocolate (about 1 cup)

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line cookie sheets with silpat pat or parchment paper.  In a medium bowl whisk flour, salt, and espresso powder.  In the bowl of a mixer beat softened butter and powdered sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Reduce mixer to low and add in flour mixture slowly.  Beat until combined.  Form dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until it firms up enough for you to roll it out.  Generously flour a cutting board (or your counter) and using a floured rolling pin, roll dough out to about a half inch thick.  (If dough is sticky and hard to work with throw it back in the fridge for a bit)  Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place on prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until they are set.  They will remain light in color but should feel firm when you touch the top of them.  Let sit on cookie sheet for 2 minutes then move to a cooling rack.  Meanwhile, heat heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat until scalding.  (don’t boil)  Remove from heat and stir in dark chocolate and corn syrup.  Continue stirring until smooth.  Let sit for a minute to cool.  Drizzle over cookies or dip cookies in to chocolate then let them sit to harden up.  This is a chocolate ganache so it will not harden completely.

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Sources: Cookies adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book Shortbread recipe.  Dark Chocolate Glaze adapted from Mrs Fields Best Ever Cookie Book Chocolate-Glazed shortbread Cookies recipe.

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