TWD: Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Shortbreads aren’t the kind of cookies I usually crave. I guess they have their place at the side of a coffee cup, but given the choice, I’ll always opt for good old chocolate chip cookies. So as I was dutifully making these cookies, I was already scheming about who I could gift them to–what unsuspecting friend or coworker would be the “beneficiary” of my “generosity” while unknowingly supporting both my overuse of mental quotation marks and my bake-but-don’t-partake habit?

Well–spoiler alert!–I did give most of these away, but it was a bittersweet parting, because I ended up loving these humble little shortbread tiles.

The original recipe was for an Espresso-Chocolate shortbread cookie, but I’m not an espresso sort of girl, so already half the cookie’s raison dêtre was eliminated. I instead decided to add some warm fall spices to the dough. It started with cinnamon but soon I found myself shaking in big dashes of ginger, allspice, and cloves. In the finished product the spices were pretty subtle, just a little hint of interest that lingered and made you take another bite, and then another, trying to figure out what was tickling your tongue.

For the chocolate I kept it simple: small shards of 70% dark scattered throughout the dough. After an overnight chill in the refrigerator these baked up beautifully sandy and crisp, with small hidden pockets of melted bittersweet chocolate. Were I a coffee drinker I would drink an extra cup after dinner, just to have an excuse to eat more of these perfectly sized tea cookies.

In the end these cookies were perfect little bites that were just as satisfying as the biggest chocolate chip cookie, but in their own quiet way. Donna has the recipe on her aptly name blog, Life’s Too Short Not to Eat Dessert First.

7 Responses to TWD: Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
  1. Allison says:

    These are reminiscent of those Mother's Chocolate Chip Angel cookies. Remeber those? I loved them! But can never find them anymore. Looks like I might have found a substitute. :)

  2. Life is too short . . . says:

    Isn't it amazing how this simple dough lends itself to so many delicious variations? I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for baking with me this week.

  3. Beth says:

    Your cookies sound terrific! I'm not an espresso fan either, but I'd definitely go for your spicy variation.

  4. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    I love espresso, and love those shortbreads, but your fall-ish version sounds amazing!

  5. jillbert says:

    They look beautiful. The spices sound great with the chocolate, and these would be great with a cup of coffee.

  6. TeaLady says:

    Cookies look delicious. And adding fall spices – genius!! But then, we knew that…. :)

  7. Jules Someone says:

    I love these cookies. And I love the idea of the fall spices. Might have to make more!

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