Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Espresso Chocolate (& Oatmeal Spice) Shortbread Cookies
In my book, there are few words one can use to describe something that more or less guarantee its success in my view:
In this recipe, we get three of my favorite things in one cookie!
This recipe highlights one of my favorite Dorie Greenspan techniques: when rolling out shortbread, Dorie has us put the dough in a large zip top bag and roll it out in the bag. Genius, pure genius. When I made these, I left them rustic, but normally I use Dorie's technique whenever I make shortbread.
By now you realize I do most of my baking in the morning before work (when normal people sleep or go to the gym). These were no exception. I left the butter on the counter when I went to work, and when I came home, I creamed the butter, mixed the dry ingredients (pre-measured before I went to work) and the wet ingredients, scooped it into the plastic bag and rolled it out. The plastic bag went into the fridge for the night and after I washed the mixing bowl, I was done cleaning up. Sweet!
The next morning, I pulled the dough out of the fridge, slit open the sides of the plastic bag, and sliced it into square-ish shapes and baked the cookies. The house smelled amazing...I wish I had a candle in that fragrance: coffee, chocolate, butter...mmmm...... The cookies were delicious from the oven, delicious when they cooled and especially delicious when I filled them with chocolate ganache ice cream and we ate them for dinner. Not after dinner, for dinner.
They were so easy to make that I got carried away and also made the oatmeal spice variation in the Playing Around notes. These poor cookies were at a disadvantage from the start...they were up against the espresso chocolate ones and that's a tough place to be at home and in the office. I wasn't crazy about them, but I may have been put off by oatmeal in a shortbread cookie.
Donna at Life's Too Short Not to Eat Dessert First is the brilliant baker behind this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. If you'd like the recipe, Donna will have it for you, but you should buy the book. You won't be sorry. Well, not until you can't fit into your jeans anymore. But then you'll bake the next recipe and you'll feel better.
*******PLEASE NOTE: Lethally Delicious is on hiatus for the month of Ramadan. I will be responding to comments but not keeping up with my Google Reader or visiting bloggers other than those who leave comments. I'll be back around Sept. 10th with a spirit refreshed by this blessed month of fasting and prayer. Peace.