Espresso Chocolate Shortbread

To all the only siblings out there – I feel for you. My siblings are both away for the summer, and for the first time since before my sister was born, I have the house to myself. And I don’t like it! It’s quiet and feels sort of empty.



Anyway, I know that again, I’m slightly late for coffee month. But here’s a final recipe for coffee-flavored cookies! They were really delicious and I hope you enjoy! The cookies are originally from Dorie Greenspan, one of the cookie goddesses of the world, and her method for flattening out and cutting the shortbread is really novel. Definitely a useful trick to keep in mind for next time!

Espresso Chocolate Shortbread

From Smitten Kitchen

Yields 42 Cookies


  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (plain, or a toffee variety), finely chopped, or 3/4 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)


  1. Dissolve the espresso in the boiling water, and set aside to cool to tepid.
  2. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth. Beat in the vanilla and espresso, then reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, mixing only until it disappears into the dough. Don’t work the dough much once the flour is incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate with a sturdy rubber spatula.
  3. Using the spatula, transfer the soft, sticky dough to a gallon-size zipper-lock plastic bag. Put the bag on a flat surface, leaving the top open, and roll the dough into a 9 x 10 1/2 inch rectangle that’s 1/4 inch thick. As you roll, turn the bag occasionally and lift the plastic from the dough so it doesn’t cause creases. When you get the right size and thickness, seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or for up to 2 days.
  4. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  5. Put the plastic bag on a cutting board and slit it open. Turn the firm dough out onto the board (discard the bag) and, using a ruler as a guide and a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch squares. Transfer the squares to the baking sheets and carefully prick each one twice with a fork, gently pushing the tines through the cookies until they hit the sheet.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point. The shortbreads will be very pale–they shouldn’t take on much color. Transfer the cookies to a rack.
  7. If you’d like, dust the cookies with confectioners’ sugar while they are still hot. Cool the cookies to room temperature before serving.

5 responses to “Espresso Chocolate Shortbread

  1. Hi Granddaughter, Another winner. Thank you.

    Did you know that Pops is an only child, no siblings? I think his/our life would be somewhat more diverse if we had another aunt/uncle and more cousins in our family. But I think Pops is an unusual person and perhaps being an only child helped make him the wonderful person he is.

    Kisses, Bubbie

  2. I simply LOVE shortbread! And these look so yummy! I’m an only child but I went to school at the tender age of 2, so I had lots of friends to play with there and in my building as well and I must confess I’ve learnt to appreciate being by myself 😉

    • I confess too…being by myself definitely has some great advantages. The quiet provides for a nice atmosphere for reading and I get to spend more one-on-one time with my parents.

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