Thursday, 4 April 2013

Espresso Chocolate Shortbread


Espresso Chocolate Shortbread
slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Makes 16

1/2 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/2 tablespoon boiling water
115g unsalted butter at room temperature
60g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
70g mini dark chocolate chips

Put the coffee granules into a small bowl and pour the boiling water over. Stir to dissolve and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and icing sugar together on medium speed until very smooth (about 3 minutes). Beat in the vanilla and espresso and reduce to the speed to low and add the flour. Don't over mix. Fold the chocolate chips into the dough.

Spoon the dough into a large zip-lock bag and put it on a flat surface, leaving the zip open. Roll the dough into a 13cm x 26cm rectangle that's about 1/2cm thick. Seal the bag, pressing out as much air as you can, and leave the dough to rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Remove the dough from the fridge and cut the plastic bag open. Turn the dough out onto cutting board and cut the dough into 16 equal pieces. Put the shortbread onto the prepared tray and carefully prick each one twice with the tines of a fork.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until only just beginning to colour. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.


  1. look stunning! i'll try them :)

  2. Gosh I love shortbread!!! & with the flavours of espresso + some chocolate, you got me :)

  3. Nope, you don't need to say anymore - you've hooked me!

  4. There is nothing better than a piece of shortbread. My son will go crazy for this recipe. He keeps asking me to bake things with coffee in them for some reason. He's going to be thanking me when I make them!

  5. Thanks Katerina. Let me know if you like them :)

  6. Hey Gabrielle. They got me too, hook, line and sinker.

  7. Thanks Michele. I really hope your son likes these. You know how some recipes have coffee in them but it's barely detectable? Well, not these. These are like "coffee?... in your face".

  8. Hey Little Kitchie - I knew you'd understand.

  9. Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some.