Mocha Shortbread

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Robust espresso adds richness to this delicate shortbread. A quick dip in melted chocolate is all they need to achieve the ultimate mocha flavour.

  • Portion size 32 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 170 g semisweet chocolate melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 tablespoons decorating sugar

Method

In small bowl, whisk espresso powder with hot water until dissolved; set aside.

In stand mixer with paddle attachment, or in bowl using wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar, vanilla, salt and espresso mixture until fluffy; stir in flour just until combined. Divide dough in half; shape into squares. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm but not hard, about 45 minutes.

Between waxed paper, roll out 1 square to 1/2-inch (1 cm) thickness; shape into 6 1/4- x 5 1/2-inch (16 x 14 cm) rectangle, trimming edges. Halve lengthwise; cut crosswise into 8 strips to form 16 cookies. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 300?F (150?C) oven until firm and light golden, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool on pans for 10 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make- ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Scrape melted chocolate into tall heatproof glass or bowl. Tilting chocolate to 1 side, dip 1 top corner of each cookie in chocolate; set on waxed paper–lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with decorating sugar. Refrigerate until set, about 20 minutes.

Nutritional facts per cookie: about

  • Sodium 19 mg
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 114.0
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Potassium 28 mg
  • Cholesterol 15 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 12 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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