These cookies offer the crumbly texture that shortbread is known for, with a delicious addition of spicy cayenne pepper and a hint of lime zest.
In the quest to find a new dessert that combines distinct flavors, we turn to a recipe that brings together chocolate, chili, and lime in a novel way.
The mix of sweet and spicy is perhaps not exactly traditional in the world of desserts, but it is delicious. Chili and lime, often paired in savory dishes, also work well in sweet recipes. The chili of choice here is cayenne pepper, known for its spicy yet flavorful taste. Lime, on the other hand, brings a slight tanginess to the cookies, blending well with the chili and the rich, buttery texture of the shortbread.
Adding to the deliciousness, these cookies are dunked in chocolate. Dark chocolate, ideally with at least 74% cocoa keeps the sweetness in check, but if you prefer a slightly sweeter taste, white chocolate also works. For an extra touch of flavor, consider sprinkling some additional lime zest on top.
Oh, did we mention these are dead simple to make? With basic kitchen tools – a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon – anyone (ANYONE!) can prepare these cookies. The key is to avoid overworking the dough to maintain its tender texture.
The secret to the crumbly texture of shortbread cookies is a high butter-to-flour ratio. In this case, a slightly over 1:2 ratio (115g of butter to 215g of flour) works best, creating a cookie that doesn’t spread while baking, but still offers a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth experience.
There are two important considerations for this recipe.
– First: the quality of butter matters. Since butter significantly influences the flavor, opt for the best you can afford.
– Second: the dough is crumbly, but don’t be put off by this. Once you start rolling it out, it will come together and keep its shape perfectly while baking.
Michelle is a self taught home baker who loves to experiment with flavours and teach herself new skills in the kitchen. She is based in the UK but travels to Atlanta, GA often and bakes wherever she goes!