TWD: Espresso Chocolate Shortbread with Chocolate Caramel Cream Filling

by Holly on August 31, 2010

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Remember that Caramel Cream made with Chocolate from Le Caramel I told you about on Sunday?

Well, after I made my Espresso Chocolate Shortbread cookies for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie (chosen by Donna of Life’s Too Short Not to Eat Dessert First) I just couldn’t get the idea of increasing the amount of chocolate involved with my cookies.  Oh, was it good!  I just spooned a nice dollop of on the back of a piece of shortbread, sandwiched it with another cookie, and voila! Instant doubled goodness.

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The shortbread itself was tender, crumbly and delicious.  I went ahead and made the regular recipe, figuring that it wouldn’t be much more caffeine in it than if I ate some tiramisu.  I think I ate only three pieces of shortbread, and I’m not kidding, I could feel that caffeine kick!  I guess since I have completely (other than my chocolate intake) cut caffeine from my diet I am a total caffeine light weight now.  Fortunately, the day I made these I really needed the kick anyway so I didn’t feel too bad about it.

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It could have had something to do with what I used in place of espresso powder (which I can never find or figure out exactly what it is supposed to be).  As far as I can tell it is just a super fine ground strong coffee.  If that is actually correct, then my substitute of two Via packets (Italian Roast) from Starbucks (available at most grocery store chains now at about $3 for 3 single serving packets – 2 packets equaled just shy of the required 1 tablespoon of espresso powder).  The Via packets are described as a micro ground instant coffee and it really does look like a powder and dissolves instantly.

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Visit the TWD Blog for more versions of this week’s shortbread cookies!

If you haven’t already noticed that bright rainbow button over in the sidebar, please consider this your invitation to check back tomorrow (Wednesday, September 1st) for the announcement of the book for September’s Edible Imagination and to see our review of Alice in Wonderland and what we made.  I hope you’ll join in the fun!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Nickki August 31, 2010 at 10:27 am

WOW, you have made these cookies even more decadent with that filling! Looks amazing!

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Natalie August 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm

the sandwich idea is genius. i gotta get me some of that caramel!

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chocolatechic August 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Brilliant idea.

I went with the oatmeal version, and I considered adding toffee to it, but I wanted the flavor to be light.

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LDH August 31, 2010 at 2:38 pm

A great cookie even better with double goodness 🙂 Nice job and nice stopping bu to visit with you!

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Flourchild August 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Yum they look really good! I loved the recipe too and added a candy bar to mine! Im sure I will make these again!

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Beth August 31, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Those look delicious! I was feeling the buzz, too.

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cindy August 31, 2010 at 3:28 pm

What a fun sandwich! These were tasty little treats!

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natalia August 31, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Ciao Holly ! How sinful can they be ?

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thewhimsicalcupcake August 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Before I ordered espresso powder from King Arthur (which is amazing!) I just assumed that espresso powder was fine instant coffee granules and it has never failed me. Just make sure its a strong instant coffee, otherwise it will be overshadowed and just an extra that really has no effect.

Your cookies look fab and the one with that extra chocolate kick… its calling my name!

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theunappreciatedbaker August 31, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Great idea! And your cookies look scrumptious! Maybe it's worth getting back on caffeine just to enjoy these cookies?

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Carolyn August 31, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Oh, my, god. This recipe, these pictures, are enough to make me forget myself and send my blood sugars over the moon. I NEED to eat these!

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Carolyn August 31, 2010 at 8:15 pm

BTW, glad I discovered your blog today. I am now a follower!

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Pamela August 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm

These were really yummy cookies. And what a yummy way to eat up more of that caramel!! Decadent!

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Shandy September 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

I think the filling just puts your cookies on top of the world! YUM! Love how great your pictures are of them too.

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Criollobylisa September 1, 2010 at 2:29 am

Oh yum! Are you related to the Cookie Monster?

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Di September 1, 2010 at 3:00 am

Yum! I thought about sandwiching my cookies with some ganache I have in the fridge, but wasn't sure it would work with the thickness of my cookies. And now you've got me wanting to play around with caramel and chocolate. =)

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Becky September 1, 2010 at 3:29 am

holly, yours look so delicious. i have to try that filling. YUM!

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Katrina September 1, 2010 at 4:50 am

Yum to the filling in the middle!
You're making me want to try it with the coffee flavor and I don't ever do coffee flavored anything.

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Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] September 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I love coffee anything!! This looks delicious, I have to say. Love the filling 🙂

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steph- whisk/spoon September 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

oh my– you found the one way to make these great cookies even better! yum!

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Jules Someone September 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I get my espresso powder from King Arthur. Those cookies look amazing!

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