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Monday, November 8, 2010

Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies

   Do you have a favorite cookie?  Impossible to choose? Not any more. Decadent, soft, crunchy, sweet, salty, flaky, lemony, crumbly, this cookie has it all.
Light and airy citrus infused shortbread covered with luscious dark chocolate, sprinkled with sea salt and pistachios is truly a feast for the senses. I'm not one to bake often but this cookie is my all time favorite and its absolutely addictive.
Once you bite into one of these cookies the sea salt opens your taste buds up to experience a combination of flavors and textures unmatched by any other cookie.


2 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 sticks (8 ounces) frozen unsalted butter  ( ** freeze for 15 minutes**)
1/2 cup sugar
juice and zest from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt + more for sprinkling on cookies
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
6 ounces dark chocolate (75%)
1/3 cup whipping cream (35%)

Add flour, sugar, sea salt and lemon zest to a bowl.  Using a large hole cheese grater, shred the frozen butter into the bowl. Begin mixing (stand mixer can be used )then add lemon juice, mix slowly until dough comes together.
 Knead dough on a floured surface about 30 seconds then flatten and wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 1 hour.
On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into squares or rectangles.  Using a fork poke a few holes into each cookie.
Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 275f for 45 minutes or until lightly golden.  Allow cookies to cool.
Combine chocolate and cream and melt in microwave or on stove top.  Pour some of the melted chocolate over each cookie, sprinkle with sea salt and add chopped pistachios.  Allow to cool before serving.
This decadent cookie is not to sweet but is full of flavor.  For those of you who think salt doesn't belong on a cookie...this will change your mind.


Pegasuslegend said...

salivating and you just ruined dinner I got to have these oh yum!

whozyerdanny said...

LOL! They ruin my dinner every time I make them....

Bridgett said...

These would be perfect for breakfast...or lunch. Well, anytime, right? Great way to kick up a cookie!

Diana's Cocina said...

My goodness, whats not to like? I adore shortbread cookies, way to go!

Velva said...

Oh wow! I think I might just have a new favorite cookie. These are stunning. The flavors of shortbread and dark chocolate is divine. The addition of sea salt just brings this cookie to a new level.

Karen said...

Not a big fan of shortbread cookies, but I'm thinking these might change my mind. Going to print the recipe right now before I forget where I saw it!

Mary said...

First visit for me--thanks for your comment on my souffles. Of course, I go straight to the sweet offering on your blog! These look and sound amazing, and may have to be added to my huge list of holiday cookies.

Justine Fontinell said...

WOW, these sound amazing!


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