Tuesdays With Dorie – Salt and Pepper Cocoa Shortbread

by Jessica on September 20, 2011

Salt and Pepper Cocoa Shortbread

When I read the choice for this week’s recipe, I was a bit skeptical. Intrigued, sure… but most definitely, skeptical. Pepper and I are not the best of friends and I rarely cook with it, unless of course, Dorie tells me to. She hasn’t steered me wrong before (on any Tuesday or Friday recipe), so I decided to trust her once more. And never one to shy away from a challenge, I rolled these in a bit more Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper before chilling. Daring, right? 😉

She didn’t disappoint and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved these little shortbread cookies. I halved the recipe and got exactly 24 sweet bites. Now… to pass them off before I eat every single one! Any takers??

Salt and Pepper Cocoa Shortbread 2

Many thanks to Tia of Buttercream Barbie for hostessing this week. She’ll have the recipe listed on her site, and for a list of this week’s bakers, check out the ‘Leave-Your-Link’ post over on Tuesdays With Dorie! Next week… Flip-Over Plum Cake!

Salt and Pepper Cocoa Shortbread (pg. 128)
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Salt and Pepper Cocoa Shortbread 3

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Valerie September 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

Your photos are gorgeous, I love the fact that all those little bits of black pepper are peeking through the chocolate! And I’d be happy to take a few leftovers off your hands. 😀

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2 Joy September 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

They’re so pretty rolled in the salt and pepper! Beautiful photos!

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3 Becky O. September 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

Yours look so good. I think that extra roll in the s&p does a lot. I really enjoyed these and actually came out with really dark shortbread since I used black cocoa powder. Crazy.

Love your salt and pepper shakers!

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4 Katrina September 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

Yeah, I didn’t think I’d like them either, but loved them. I drizzled mine with more chocolate. Really good!

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5 Jules September 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

Love this! Yours looks amazing. I think rolling them in salt and pepper is a great idea. I keep nibbling at mine. Must get them out of the house!

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6 Nicole September 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

I liked these more than expected, too. I couldn’t taste the pepper very much, but it did provide a little kick.

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7 Clivia September 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

Lovely idea to roll the edges in more flavour!

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8 snooky doodle September 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

what an interesting recipe. so flavourful

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9 tia September 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

they look great!!! the closeup shot of them stacked is my fave.

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10 Margaret September 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

ROLLED in S&P. Very creative!! Making mine for next week. Good tip.

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11 Kayte September 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Yes, they look very nice. Yes, your post was very nice. Yes, the photos were very nice. That said, and ever so sincerely, I am a bit distracted over your salt and pepper shakers as my grandmother used to have a little jar like that that she used to shake cold water and flour in to make gravy…I had forgotten all about it until I saw yours and remembered her little jar like that…it said something on the top, but for the life of me I cannot remember what it said. It’s been lost to time now, but it was very nice seeing your set to bring back the memories. Very nice…all of it.

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12 Tracey September 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I’m impressed that even though you were skeptical of the pepper you rolled the sides of the cookies in it. I wasn’t that brave 🙂 Like you, I was pleasantly surprised by these – they were delicious!

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13 Jacque September 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I was pleasantly surprised too. Yours look extra delish with the crunchy S&P on the sides. Nice work!

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14 Cakelaw September 21, 2011 at 6:27 am

I love your cookie stacks – they look adorable.

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15 Spike September 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Cute salt and pepper shakers! glad you enjoyed. I want to try the cinnamon chicken recipe from FFWD- funny how that recipe uses more dessert spices and this one uses more cooking spices

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16 Judy September 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Great idea to garnish the edges with extra salt and pepper. I, also, was curious about the salt and pepper shakers.

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17 Jessica September 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

Judy & Kayte: The Jadite S&P shakers are part of a set that I found in an antique store a few years ago. They match a grease jar with the same type of lid. There are three tulips on top and the sides have a beehive-type look. I love them! 🙂

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18 Eliana September 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

These look like the perfect combination of salt, sweet and spice!

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19 Weekend Cowgirl September 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I am really loving anything chocolate with the sea salt. Had some candy and it was terribly good. Had some ice cream this summer with that combination which was fabulous.

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