Simple Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache

Simple Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache-just a few ingredients and you’ve got a delicious cookie, perfect to serve with coffee or tea.

Simple Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache-just a few ingredients and you've got a delicious cookie, perfect to serve with coffee or tea.

Sometimes you need something easy. Something simple. something fast! You might have guests coming or just not a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

You still want something tasty. Something that will impress the recipients of your effort.

Simple Shortbread-just a few ingredients and you've got a delicious cookie, perfect to serve with coffee or tea.

Shortbread is always the answer. Just a few ingredients. If you’ve got a food processor, it’s just a minute or two of prep time. Even if you have to make it the old fashioned way with a pastry blender, it’s still only about 5 minutes. Then into the oven to bake.

Simple Shortbread-just a few ingredients and you've got a delicious cookie, perfect to serve with coffee or tea.

It goes well with anything you serve with it. A cup of coffee, tea, a tall glass of milk. Shortbread has never met a beverage it didn’t get along with.

And it doesn’t need anything extra. Just served plain, the buttery goodness will show through in every bite.

Simple Shortbread-just a few ingredients and you've got a delicious cookie, perfect to serve with coffee or tea.

But, I am a chocolate girl.

It’s just too easy to drizzle some chocolate ganache across the tops. Turning this simple shortbread into an elegant dessert.

Simple Shortbread-just a few ingredients and you've got a delicious cookie, perfect to serve with coffee or tea.

 

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Simple Shortbread with Chocolate ganache

Simple Shortbread with Chocolate ganache

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • for ganache
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor or a pastry blender, combine all ingredients for your shortbread until you have a crumb texture.
  2. Line a square 8x8 pan with Parchment paper. (I just do one long strip that goes up 2 sides so it's easy to lift out the shortbread when baked.)
  3. Press crumb mixture into prepared baking pan. Poke holes into top of shortbread using a fork or toothpick.
  4. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, just until edges start to turn golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan.
  5. Remove shortbread from pan (using parchment paper to lift out) and with a large knife, cut into desired shape, squares or triangles.
  6. For the ganache. place chocolate and cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute on high in microwave. Just until chocolate starts to melt. Still until smooth and creamy. Heat for an additional 20 seconds if needed to melt chocolate. Transfer ganache to a plastic bag, Cut corner off bag and drizzle over cut shortbread.

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Simple Shortbread-just a few ingredients and you've got a delicious cookie, perfect to serve with coffee or tea.

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Comments

  1. All I have to say is: I AM SOOOOO ADDICTED TO UR WEB SITE, it’s not even funny.

    love ur site!!!!!!!! <3 <3

  2. This may be a simple dessert, but it has a certain sophistication. Love the look when its cut into triangles :)

  3. I love shortbread, and just made a batch today for an upcoming post..I like the way you cut them, and I’ll have to try your version sometime with the confectioner’s sugar. Pinning for future reference.

  4. Mmmm,, I love short bread cookies!! These sound fantastic Joan!

  5. love how classic and simple this shortbread is-and chocolate ganache just makes everything better :D

  6. In the last step, save yourself from washing a dirty bowl and spatula for the chocolate drizzle. If you are using a disposable pastry bag, or a ziploc bag, you can combine the cream and chocolate chips in the bag. Seal the ziploc bag, or tie a rubber band around the top of the pastry bag. Heat in a microwave and periodically remove the bag and massage the contents, until the chocolate is melted and well combined with the cream. Snip a small hole in the point, or corner of the bag, to drizzle. When you are done, you can squeeze any leftover chocolate onto a piece of waxed paper, and then throw away the bag. When it hardens, guess who gets to munch on the chocolate? The cook, of course!

  7. Do you think this recipe would work if 1/4 c. cocoa was substituted for 1/4 c. of the flour?

  8. This is gorgeous Joan!

  9. Oh, this looks wonderful! And I’m all for delicious food that doesn’t take much effort :)

  10. Pinned! These look delicious! Love your blog, found you over on Weekend Potluck :)

  11. Oh how I LOVE buttery, rich shortbread. I love it with my coffee, but I think you’re right about it going with anything. I’m totally saving this recipe for later.

  12. Seriously drooling. Like you have no idea. My weaknesses combined in one amazing recipe!!!! Pinned :)

  13. Oh yum! My little man loves “shortenin’ bread” which is what he calls it (it cracks me up), I always thought shortbread was super complicated so I never even looked up a recipe. This look delightful!

  14. There’s something so special about a simple shortbread cookie. I think it’s the simple ingredients that make it taste so amazing–nutty, buttery, and crisp. It’s one of my favorite cookies. A drizzle of chocolate makes it even more special.

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