Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Basic Scottish shortbread is one of the awesomest things in the world. It’s also a blank canvas for variations beyond count. Chocolate chips and a jolt of espresso add extra oomph to this new spin!

Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

Pride O’ Scotland Shortbread was one of the first recipes I considered ‘mine’ as a teenager. It became the one thing I made each year for our family’s Thanksgiving potluck.

Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

Appropriately, it’s also something I made for my husband the very first day I met him when I was 18. (Yes, he was an almost total stranger. Yes, I welcomed him with shortbread. Because that’s what I do.)

Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

I considered the recipe sacrosanct the past two decades… and then I got an idea. Chocolate. Espresso powder. It had to be good, right? Or would it be a crumbly mess?

Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

Yes indeed, it turned out to be delicious. No, it remained as cohesive as ever. Yay!

Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

Espresso powder is fantastic along with chocolate; I include it in most every brownie recipe. The coffee flavor doesn’t come in strong (I actually hate coffee), but it make the chocolate taste bolder and more nuanced.

Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

Bready or Not Original: Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread

My original Pride O' Scotland Shortbread, now with additional caffeine! Espresso powder and mini chocolate chips add extra oomph to buttery, tender triangles of shortbread.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Scottish
Keyword: chocolate, coffee, cookies, shortbread
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • two basic 9-inch pie plates

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened, 2 sticks
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Place flour, sugar, espresso powder, and salt in mixing bowl; add butter, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix with fingers until dough holds together, then fold in the mini chocolate chips. Once chips are distributed, divide dough into two balls and press each ball into a pan. Flatten evenly with palms and prick surface all over with floured fork. Slash into wedges.
  • Bake for 17 to 22 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven. Immediately cut again following slash marks and carefully run the blade around the edge of the crust to loosen the shortbread.
  • Let shortbread cool. Cut again along slash marks and the crust, then remove wedges to eat. Shortbread keeps in sealed container for several days.

OM NOM NOM!

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