Can’t decide between buttery shortbread cookies and fudgy chocolate brownies? Enjoy the best of both worlds with Shortbread Brownies!
Sweet meets salty in this two-in-one layered dessert starring buttery chocolate chip shortbread and fudgy brownies. But of course I couldn’t let the indulgence end right then and there. This twofer dessert was in desperate need of a topping; something that screamed, “I’m not who I appear to be!” And thus, I’ve kicked this recipe up a couple of notches. Read on for my updates to this quick and easy recipe for Shortbread Brownies.
It all starts with the shortbread, which scores a few extra sweet tooth points thanks to the addition of mini-chocolate chips. And remember, when cutting butter into flour, it’s best to just use your fingers, as the warmth will slightly soften the butter, making it easier to incorporate with the dry ingredients. And by “incorporate with the dry ingredients,” I mean “taste test the dough.”
With the shortbread in motion, we can then move on to the brownie portion. Whenever I make brownies, or even chocolate cakes or cupcakes, I always like to add just a taste of espresso powder to the batter, as the coffee amps up the flavor of the chocolate. I added 2 teaspoons of espresso powder mixed with 2 teaspoons water to this brownie batter.
Then it’s time to put it all together, starting by pressing the shortbread cookie dough into the bottom of your foil-lined pan. The cookie layer goes for a quick bake before being topped with the prepared brownie batter. And then it’s back into the oven until both the shortbread and brownies are baked and sealed together into one stacked sweet.
I have a big problem letting brownies go naked. And this is where the milk chocolate and large-flake sea salt steal the show. Simply melt 1 cup of chocolate chips, transfer the melted chocolate to a pastry bag or sealable plastic bag, snip off the tip and pipe away. But before the chocolate hardens, finish off your masterpiece with a pinch of sea salt to balance out the sweetness.
Slice, serve, and win the adoration of coworkers, teachers, kids, parents, siblings, or just yourself. No one said Shortbread Brownies need to be shared.
- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste
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