Buttery cookie base, sweet coffee caramel, and luscious chocolate top layer, these Marbled Shortbread Cookies are a household favorite. Make them and you will know why!
Good, good day my baking friends! Today, I have something special for you. We have these pretty and delicious little gems that you can make for your next baking project. Chocolate Marbled Shortbread Cookies.
My kids have not really expanded their cookie preferences. They are still very much into chocolate chip cookies, and sometimes sugar cookies. I think that is partly because I have not made any other type of cookies so much, so their exposure is limited. But for my birthday last year, I was gifted The Book of Cookies by Pat Alburey, and from it came a cookie recipe that changed our lives.
Marbled Shortbread Cookies
- These cookies have a buttery shortbread base.
- The middle layer is a sweet and creamy caramel that is infused with coffee.
- The top layer is a delicious spread of semi-sweet and white chocolate swirled together.
How to Make Marbled Shortbread Cookies?
Make the Shortbread. Just like making pastry, we first combine the dry ingredients- sugar, flour and salt. Then we cut the butter into the mixture using a pastry cutter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
Gather the Shortbread Dough into a Ball and Press into a 9×13 baking pan. With your hands in the bowl, knead and combine the dough until it gathers into a single mass. Transfer it into a 9×13 pan and press it with your fingers to cover the bottom of the pan evenly. Prick the surface with the tines of the fork.
Chill and Bake The Shortbread. Place the pan in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F. After the chill time, bake the shortbread for 25 minutes at 350 F, or until it is lightly golden. Let it cool completely.
Make the Caramel Layer. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, condensed milk, instant coffee granules, sugar, and golden syrup. Cook this over medium heat, stirring often until the butter melts. Bring it to a gentle boil, and maintain it for 6-8 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and it coats the back of the spoon. Pour and spread the caramel over the cooled shortbread. Allow the caramel to cool.
Make the Chocolate Layer. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the semi-sweet chocolate for 15-20 seconds at a time, repeating as needed, until the chocolate is shiny and soft. Stir the chocolate to melt completely. Spread it over the cooled caramel layer using an angled spatula.
Melt the White Chocolate in the Same Manner and Transfer it into a Small Ziploc Bag. Snip one corner of the bag to make a small opening. Pipe the white chocolate in horizontal lines over the semi-sweet chocolate, spacing the lines about 1 inch apart. Using a toothpick, make swirling motions over the lines to yield the marbled effect.
Allow the Chocolate to Cool and Set. Once completely cool, cut the cookies into 48 small squares. To store, keep them in a container with a tight lid at room temperature for up to 5 days. They get better as they age. I am telling you, my kids fought over the last piece!
Pointers and Tips
- When making the caramel, it may look like the coffee granules will not dissolve at all. Don’t worry, the granules will dissolve eventually as the caramel starts to thicken. You will end up with a smooth, lump-free mixture.
- Make sure to swirl the chocolate while they are still hot or warm, allowing them to stand for too long will make the swirling a little bit tricky.
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