After making two savoury shortbreads on my weekend of shortbread baking madness it was time for some sweet ones starting with the classic plain shortbread which is always a favourite. Next however it was time for something more interesting and I was thinking that a chocolate shortbread would be nice. I figured that there were two main ways that chocolate shortbread could be done, either by making them all chocolate of by making them more chocolate chip cookie like and I was immediately taken with the idea of a light coloured shortbread filled with chunks of solid dark chocolate. Of course I opted to use a solid block of dark chocolate rather than chips and I just shaved off small pieces for use in the shortbread. The dark chocolate shortbread would be amazing just like that but I have been into the idea of combining sweet and savoury and the addition of a touch of salt to an otherwise sweet dish can be really amazing so I added some fleur de sel to the shortbread.
Dark Chocolate Shortbread with Fleur de Sel
Buttery shortbread filled with chunks of dark chocolate and a touch of fleur de sel.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel or coarse grained salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, cut into small pieces
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Mix in the flour, cornstarch and salt.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients followed by the chocolate.
- Shape the cookies as you like an place them on a parchment lined baking sheet with an inch of space between them.
- Place the baking sheet in the fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until they just start to turn a light golden brown, about 8-14 minutes, remove and let cool. (Note: The shortbread will still be rather soft when it is done but it with crisp up as it cools.)
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