This post is brought to you by Caveman Coffee Co., one of the #Choctoberfest sponsors. Cacao Butter Shortbread is rich, buttery shortbread, with a hint of chocolate flavor.
You might be asking yourself, what is cacao butter, and why would it be used in making shortbread?
Cacao butter is the fat that is extracted from cocoa beans, and is used in making chocolate. It looks a little like dried-out white chocolate chunks, and smells divine, just like chocolate.
I initially thought it would work like butter, and that because it has a melting point slightly below that of body heat, I could easily cut it into my shortbread dough. Not quite. I ended up having to knead the mixture with my hands, which did help it come together.
I also ended up using more butter than I planned–I thought I could get away with using half butter and half cacao butter.
No matter, though. The shortbread, while a little on the crumbly side, is rich-tasting, and perfect with a cup of coffee.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided product by Caveman Coffee Co., as one of the sponsors of Choctoberfest 2016. No other compensation has been provided.