Amazing Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads

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Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads

Amazing Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads

Have you ever been to a coffee house and had the most amazing little shortbread cookies?  There was a local place that made beautiful little cookies, complete with some of their favorite coffee in them, ground finely, for an amazing flavor.  When the shop closed, I set about figuring out their recipe.  Then I improved on it with Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads.  Dipped in semi sweet chocolate and chopped mixed nuts, these cookies are perfect for coffee with friends or to give as gifts for any occasion.  Depending on the coffee you use, you can change up the flavor of Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads too!  I used a wonderful buttercream toffee coffee that I freshly ground just before making the cookies.  They were perfect!

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Few Ingredients in Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads

Shortbreads start out with butter and Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads are no different.  A whole pound of butter goes into these little gems.  The one thing I’d caution with Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads is to use real butter.  Margarine just doesn’t give these cookies the same texture or delicious crisp.  Flour, sugar, salt, and a touch of almond flavoring round out the base of the recipe.  What gives Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads the most amazing flavor are two simple ingredients: cinnamon (or nutmeg) and ground coffee.  Yep.  You put ground coffee right into the dough.  Quality counts, so use a coffee that is amazing when you brew it.  As for the spice, use what works with the coffee you are using.  I chose nutmeg because I was making these cookies for a friend that is allergic to cinnamon.  It gave the Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads an awesome flavor that really popped.  Then, I melted some semi sweet chocolate chips and dipped half of each cookie, then coated the chocolate with chopped mixed nuts for a perfect finish.  The cookies looked amazing, and tasted even better.

Amazing Chocolate-Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads

Amazing Chocolate-Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads

Ingredients

  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 2 C (1 lb) butter, softened
  • ½ t almond extract
  • ½ t salt
  • 4 C flour
  • 6 T finely ground quality coffee, any flavor
  • ¼ t ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 C mixed nuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cut the butter, almond extract, and salt into the sugar until the mixture resembles corn meal.
  3. In a smaller bowl, mix the flour, coffee, and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, until it is all incorporated.
  5. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. You can crowd these cookies because they don’t spread much at all.
  6. Press flat with the bottom of a sugared glass.
  7. Bake 15 minutes. Flip each cookie, and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool slightly on the sheet and remove. Cool completely.
  9. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  10. Place the chopped nuts in a bowl.
  11. Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate, then in the nuts. Place on a piece of parchment or waxed paper to set.
  12. Serve with your favorite coffee.
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Changing Flavors of Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads

Flavored coffee can really change the flavor of your Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads, as will different types of nuts.  You can also change the flavor by adding cardamom instead of cinnamon or nutmeg.  Make Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads into sandwiches with a little peanut butter, nutella, or chocolate if you like.  There are so many ways you can change up the flavor of Chocolate Dipped Coffeehouse Shortbreads for the occasion!

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