A friend of mine made a comment about these cookies that has stuck with me…and while I am sitting here trying to write this blog post, it is all I can think of. These cookies are the cookie equivalent of Kanye West. They have a lot going on, are pompous, and more then one would be way too much. But just like Kanye West, they are so good that you are ok with all the other stuff. We all know that Kanye is a huge d-bag. It’s just a fact. But he actually has the goods to back it up. I mean, hello, every time I hear Heartless I can’t help but turn up the radio. And Stronger is one of my most played songs on my iPhone.
And these cookies are the same as Kanye. I know they will be one of my most made cookies. The flavors themselves are all over the top…Chocolate Shortbread? Dulce De Leche? And Pistachios? It’s all too much…but really when you get it all together it is amazing! At the very least, these are one of those combos that you just have to try to say you have. I loved them when you ate all of the flavors together, so make sure and put enough Dulce De Leche in there!
Chocolate Shortbread Thumbprints with Dulce De Leche (And Pistachios!)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup good cocoa powder
1 cup powdered
18 tablespoons butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Some chopped pistachios
Dulce de leche (sold by the condensed milk)
Preheat oven to 300 F.
Cream butter in an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and creamy. Add vanilla. On low speed add flour and cocoa powder 1/2 cup at a time and mix until the dough comes together. You might want to take it off the machine and finish the mixing with your hands.
Roll dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. Press the ball of dough into a thick-ish disc and coat the sides of the disc with pistachios. Lay on a cookie tray covered with parchment paper and make a thumbprint in the center using your thumb/finger. Bake for 13-17 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
Remove from oven and moving quickly either use the end of a wooden spoon or your thumb to press down into the depression again (the depression would have puffed up a little while baking). Let cool completely and then fill with dulce de leche just before (or a few hours) before serving.