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22 comments to “Espresso Burnt Sugar Shortbread”

  1. Ovenly is the best! Haven’t seen the cookbook yet, but their various sweet and savory scones are terrific, and if it is in the book, the chocolate stout cake is deeply wonderful.
    Hoping all is well in Chicago!

  2. Ooohhh that photo of the burnt sugar is the bomb! The tawny gold sister to a batch of Walt & Jesse’s best Baby Blue! What’s more addicting – Espresso Burnt Sugar Shortbread or crystal meth? Stay tuned, bitches, for Baking Bad…

  3. I need to practice my burnt sugar skills. I have always been wary of stirring the sugar but if you recommend stirring it, I will try this and probably have more success! This sounds like a book I would love.

  4. Thanks for the cook book rec! – I’ve been eyeing Ovenly and its on my list to purchase along with a few others this Holiday season. I can’t wait to see your list at the end of the year. I would love to hear if you have any positive (or more importantly, negative) feedback re: Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi…or Sean Brock’s Heritage.

  5. We ordered our wedding cake from Ovenly! Vanilla bean cake with fig compote and Bourbon buttercream frosting. Our guests raved about it. So. Good.

  6. Welp, these sound delightful. They may be going on the holiday cookie list this year…

  7. what is good butter? I never know what brand is considered good (my palate is not so refined yet) same goes with olive oil. What a good one?

  8. Theone Perloff says:

    November 5th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I use the Filtron Jr. system to make pure extract of coffee syrup. Is this what you mean by “cold brew”?

  9. I checked out “Ovenly” from the library a week ago and, like you, want to bake my way right through the book. First on my list, though, are the Bloody Mary scones. Can’t wait.

  10. Maybe this is just me but I think actual burnt sugar would work well with how bitter coffee is :)

  11. Hi Theone- I don’t know what that is, but any strongly brewed coffee will work.
    Oni- Sorry for being imprecise! What I really meant was butter with a high fat content. Plugra is widely available.
    Cat- I like Dorie’s new book and do not like Heritage. I was really disappointed by Heritage because I like Sean Brock. There was not a single recipe I felt I would tackle at home. They were all complicated and fussy and the book feels cold and formal in a way that does not make sense with him or his style. My two cents. : )

  12. I MISSED YOU!!!

  13. Thanks, Amelia! I am back in the saddle. XO

  14. I’ve had my eye on this book, but I’ve yet to pull the trigger and buy it. I think Huckleberry is next on my list for baking books to buy. Have you had a chance to look at Huckleberry yet?

  15. oh these are definitely happening for holiday season 2014! thanks for the recipe, Tim–and your cookbook endorsement counts for a lot, so I know I can get this for a baking friend of mine with a similar sense of humor :)

  16. Make their peanut butter cookie! Its amazing.
    Last time I was in New York, I stayed down the street from Ovenly and walked by their store every day. I didn’t go in until the last day of the trip, to buy a couple treats for the airport wait.
    Post-trip, I obsessively searched for the peanut butter cookie recipe and pre-ordered the book.

  17. schneiderluvsdoof says:

    November 11th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    These are now my favorite cookie besides “balls” and peanut butter. Oh and polveron if that counts as a cookie. AND that photo of the shards is georg.

  18. Made, and whoah. These are definitely a keeper. I actually like them better now than I did when they were warm from the oven, which is weird, but a definite virtue in a cookie when you plan to keep a container around for the holidays. All of the coffee-heads in my life (and there are a lot of them!) have been raving about this one. Thanks, Tim!

  19. So very happy you liked these, Nishta! Yeah, I really enjoyed them, too. I am pretty into coffee-flavored sweets. xo

  20. As above, thank you for the book recommendation. I live on the other side of the ocean and visited Ovenly when in NYC. Is the recipe for the pistachio cardamon loaf in the book? If so, I feel a purchase coming on….!

  21. This is a fantastic book recommendation ~ I got it for Christmas based on this post. The Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies with Tarragon are also wonderful! Although arguably it is hard to go wrong with any recipe in the book…

  22. The espresso burnt sugar shortbread cookies were wonderful! Thanks for posting the recipe:)