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. 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. I sound like Martha Stewart now LOL! And a couple of those sea salt chocolate dipped caramels inside as well? Ok I'll stop. Speaking of Martha, I got this recipe from her book : Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. If you are going to make these you need dutch process cocoa, which is hard to find for me given where I live. I got mine from Dean & Deluca.
I know 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.
chocolate shortbread fingers
by martha stewart
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.