Working with a recipe credited to Dixie Terry, I made some changes to the ingredient deck, but I did have some fun with the decorating. The secret I found to working with this dough is to cream the butter and sugars very well before adding the flour in incremental amounts. After re-rolling the dough several times after using a 2-inch cookie cutter, I started to roll out circles of dough with rough edges, and sliced in pie shapes for a more rustic and thicker shortbread.
You can use this recipe to decorate the shortbread, as well as reheat the coffee-flavored white chocolate I made to spread over some of the cookies:
From scanning through the photos, you can see what fun I had on this dreary and chilly day. —Bevi
- Prep time
- Cook time
30 to 40 cookies and wedges of shortbread
packed brown sugar
Fresh coarsely ground coffee
Premium semi-sweet bakers’ chocolate
Strong, hot coffee
toasted coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
fresh coarsely ground coffee
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a mixer, cream the butter with the sugars and 2 TBLS. of the ground coffee. Mix at least 5 minutes. Scrape down the mixture from the sides of the mixing bowl.
- Mix together the flour and salt, and add to the creamed butter and sugars in 4 parts. Scrape the bowl each time before you add more flour.
- Gather up the dough and pat into a disk. Place on a floured surface, flour your rolling pin, and roll out dough to no less than 1/4″ thick. Use a 2-inch round cookie cutter and with a thin spatula place the cookie rounds on an ungreased flat baking sheet.
- Gather the dough, roll out again, and repeat Step 3.
- Gather the dough again, and roll out the dough in a rough circle to 1/2-inch thickness. This time, treat as a pie, and cut slices with roughened edges that will naturally occur.
- Place cookie sheets in the oven. The round cookies will be ready in approx. 15 to 17 minutes. The rustic pie-shaped shortbreads might take 17 to 20 minutes. Take cookies out of oven and immediately work on melting the chocolate.
- Using Amanda and Merrill’s method to melt the chocolate, microwave the semi-sweet chocolate and immediately stir in the hot coffee. Stir until the chocolate becomes ganache-like in consistency.
- Now the fun part begins. Using an icing spatula, spread some of the ganache on the cookies. Then sprinkle the cookies with toasted coconut, or ground coffee, or both.
- Note: You can use the white chocolate covered Marcona Almonds from a previous recipe I submitted for this contest to decorate, as well as any reheated leftover coffee-flavored melted white chocolate.
Cooking is an important part of my past. I grew up and worked on our family resort. These days, I cook good food to please my friends and family.