9/19/08

chocolate shortbread fingers

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More chocolate. Love baking and creating with chocolate; so diverse. Ok, this is a brand new recipe for me. At first I was a bit skeptical because I am accustomed to shortbread being buttery, crisp and rich. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how you can incorporate chocolate into this. And then I thought, how can you not? You know? This chocolate shortbread is buttery, is crisp and has a different chocolate flavor; different in a good way. It's does not taste like milk chocolate, nor a brownie chocolate (and it does look like a brownie), but more of a rich baking type chocolate with loads of creamy hints to it.
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Hard to explain, but really a very tasty type of chocolate indeed. I know the flavor lends itself from the dutch process cocoa that you have to use. (have to being the key word).
These were surprisingly very easy to make. And yet so pretty, delicate too. You could easily make these for a holiday gift which I might just do. If packaged right, they would look gorgeous in a long sleeved plastic bag with a red or silver ribbon wrapped around the top.
The recipe is from: Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook.
The picture lends itself to looking like a brownie; trust me they taste nothing like a brownie, nor have the texture of a brownie, but rather an enjoyable new type of shortbread taste.
You must try these if you are a choco-connoisseur like myself.
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chocolate shortbread fingers
by martha stewart
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3 sticks (1 ½ cups) unsalted butter, room temp, plus more for pan
2 ½ cups plus 2 TB all-purpose flour
4 ½ TB Dutch-process cocoa powder
Heaping ½ ts ground cinnamon
½ ts salt
¼ ts baking soda
1 cup superfine sugar
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 12 by 8 inch rimmed baking sheet and line with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on the long sides; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt and baking soda until combined.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and superfine sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 – 4 minutes, scarping down the sides of the bowl. Add flour mixture, and beat on medium speed until just combined.
Using a small offset spatula, evenly spread dough in prepared baking sheets. Chill in the freezer or refrigerator until dough is firm, about 15 minutes. Prick dough all over with a fork; bake until just firm to the touch, about 20 – 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool a bit. Then while still fairly warm, use a large knife to cut shortbread into 4 by 1 inch pieces. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Cool.
Can be kept in an air tight container for up to 1 week.
Note: I forked the dough before going into the freezer. I let these cool a while before cutting them, and waited for a complete cool before putting the decorative sugar on them since the heat of the bars only melts the sugar.

21 comments:

  1. These look even better than brownies!

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  2. My mouth is watering for some chocolate shortbread. I would love to live near you during the holidays! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. I can always take more chocolate, bring it on!! The shortbread looks terrific!

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  4. I have this cookbook and I was just thinking of making chocolate shortbread- mmm!

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  5. Shortbread? Good! Chocolate? Good! Chocolate shortbread? Where do you live again? I'm coming over!

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  6. Dawn, you rocked the chocolate world again. Ok, we are now exchanging cookie baskets come Christmas time... just make sure these are included :) Ok? Cool... deal buddy, you're the bestest :)

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  7. These look delicious! I have that cookbook too, I will definitely be making these soon. Yum!

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  8. Seriously, I love the sugar on top! It's beautiful!

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  9. Droooooollllll!
    Oh my goodness! Ilove these!

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  10. and here i was, thinking nothing could improve a good shortbread. silly me--chocolate is an obvious improvement! these look sensational, especially with the sugar on top. :)

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  11. Looks wonderful, I've never had chocolate shortbread either. They look almost chewy but I think that's just my imagination.

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  12. Perfectly clear pics, my friend. These look perfect. How can you not like delicious shortbread enhanced by something as wonderful as chocolate. I love the D&D cocoa too! These would be perfect with a cup of Illy, don't you think? Great job, once again!

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  13. I have Martha's baking handbook, but I haven't made this recipe yet. I think I'll have to give it a try!

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  14. Beautiful is all I can say! I sooo wish I had a dean and deluca around here. What's wrong with these AZ people?!

    I will definitely be making these beauties!

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  15. I was searching for a different chocolate cake, no brownies,no coffee chocolate cake. I like the recipe and looks really delicious. I'll certainly make this.

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  16. It does kind of remind me of a brownie! But it's no doubt more elegant :) It would probably also be great with a thin glaze!

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  17. my mom makes shortbread every christmas holiday season. i think this year i might try to convince her to try this chocolate shortbread recipe. sounds delicious!!

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  18. Gorgeous shortbread! I love shortbread, and of course I love chocolate--gotta try these!

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  19. I am definitely going to try this one....great job Dawn!!

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  20. This was amazing amazing amazing!

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