Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bites {traditional and gluten free recipes}

Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bites recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Flaky bites of shortbread that are barely crisp on the outside, then melt in your mouth with chocolate and just a hint of coffee flavor. Not so much coffee as to overpower each bite, but the right amount to bring out the flavor of the chocolate and the aroma of the espresso. I've made a handful of desserts with espresso this past year, and I liked all of them. However, this is my favorite and it is the first one that even the non-coffee-lovers in my life enjoyed.

While this is not a traditional shortbread, it does have much of the same texture in the end. I prefer brown sugar over almost all other baking sugars and I can not resist using it here. The egg helps keep the bites a bit more moist than other versions and (especially with the gluten free flours) it helps hold them together beautifully.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bites {traditional and gluten free recipes}
Yield: 24 - 48 pieces, depending on size of pieces
(printable recipe)

3/4 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup brown rice flour *
3/4 cup tapioca starch *
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum *
1 teaspoon espresso powder, regular or decaf is fine
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chocolate chips, I used a dark chocolate, but semi-sweet or milk would work as well
* if you are not in need of a GF recipe, simply substitute 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour for the items marked with an *

Combine the butter and the brown sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat again. Stir together the dry ingredients and then add to the wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Chill the dough for at least half an hour and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9x13 pan or a large baking sheet with parchment. Scoop the dough onto the parchment and then place another sheet of parchment on top. The dough will be very sticky, so you will need that second sheet on top to spread the dough across the pan with your hands. Spread it out thinly, less than 1/2" thick, or approximately the thickness of the chocolate chips.

Remove the top sheet of parchment and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean with crumbs. Let the shortbread rest in the pan for 5-10 minutes before using the parchment to carefully lift it out of the pan. Let it cool on the counter or on a cooling rack for another 10 minutes before slicing it into bite size pieces. Do not let it cool for too long if you want it to cut smoothly. I used a pizza cutter to slice it cleanly into 1" pieces.

Store in an airtight container for soft bites of shortbread and in a not quite airtight container if you prefer the shortbread to be more crisp. Enjoy!

Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bites recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. Fantastic! I love shortbread, and these seem like a perfect afternoon tea/coffee accompaniment.

  2. I adore the chocolate-coffee combination! I think I feel a baking mood coming on!!!

  3. Well these just look wonderful! Great photos too :) Since they have coffee (sort-of) in the mix, can I have these for breakfast? The texture looks amazing.

  4. I have a feeling I would eat way more than 1 or 2 bites... they look delicious.

  5. I like that you've cut these into little bites, they could get quite addictive, popping one or two in between sips of hot coffee. I love the overhead shot!

  6. Shortbread is a perfect treat to have around the house during the winter months. Goes so well with a hot drink! Thank you for sharing another delightful post. What a bright and warm way to end my Tuesday! I hope you are having a blessed week.

  7. Oh my! I don't know how I'm going to make it through the afternoon without these... :)