Looks amazing doesn’t it? Well believe me, they are. But it wasn’t without several trials and errors until this lovely treat came to be. Here’s a breakdown of each element of the cookie and what I had to discover to make these into the delightful little treats you see above.
Recipe found here
I had no problems with the shortbread. It came out beautifully.
The original recipe calls for brown sugar and condensed milk. We happened to have a can of condensed milk lying around so we gave it a shot. Afterwards however we realized it expired in 2009. Oops. I can see how this caramel would work really well with this cookie. It’s firm and has a light, sweet taste. So by all means use the original recipe if you so choose. But this caramel is a bit too sweet for my likes, so we made my tried tested and true caramel from this recipe. A major bonus with this recipe is it takes a fraction of the time to make (10min opposed to 60-90min). Potential downsides? It’s more bitter (friends last night said it tasted boozy, can’t go wrong with that) and it doesn’t hold it’s shape well so it’s a bit more gloopy. That doesn’t effect it’s deliciousness however.
It took three tries to get this right. Three.
Every time I added the tablespoon of heavy cream the chocolate started to form a disgusting log. It was awful. After some r&d we got it right by the third attempt. Here’s a little more information the recipe is lacking to ensure you have the best chocolate topping:
Melt your chocolate 1/4C at a time slowly over low heat. Only when it is all melted should you add the cream. Make sure the cream is warmed before you add it otherwise the chocolate will seize (aka turn into a disgusting log). Use a whisk to beat the heavy cream in. Don’t be surprised if it looks lumpy at first. Just keep aggressively whisking until it smooths out. Most importantly, the 1tbsp the recipe calls for is far too little for this amount of chocolate. I would recommend 3tbsp.
There we have it! These rich, mouth watering treats are perfect for Christmas, the one time of year we push our bulging waist line worries aside until January 😉