devilish shortcakes

While I’m grateful to the recent Tuesdays with Dorie recipe choosers for picking seasonal recipes, I miss chocolate. It’s been months – almost four! – since chocolate has played a starring roll in a recipe – and December isn’t looking any better. A few chips here and there in cookies just isn’t going to cut it for the long term.

After Caitlin’s warning that these are “very subtly chocolate”, I decided that the solution was to add chunks of bittersweet chocolate into the biscuit dough. I considered filling the biscuits with ganache instead of whipped cream, but decided that after a holiday weekend dedicated largely to eating, I couldn’t afford either.

Greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds made the perfect compromise. But my favorite bites are still the ones that include bits of pure chocolate.  It’s just been too long.

Tania chose these chocolate shortcakes for the group, and she has the recipe posted. I made half the recipe using 1 whole egg yolk instead of ½ an egg. I split my halved recipe into 8 portions. I mixed 2 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate into the dry ingredients (but even more chocolate would have been welcome).

One year ago: All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake
Two years ago: Linzer Sablés


  1. Mmmm, these look amazing… I never get pom arils that beautifully dark 🙁

  2. I love that you added chunks of dark chocolate. From what I’ve been reading, that’s exactly what was missing. Gorgeous!

  3. I agree, these look amazing. Your photos are beautiful, and so is your addition of the extra bittersweet chocolate.

  4. You always have great pictures. Looks so good.

  5. These look so good! I missed rewind week so I made Whopper Cookies. That was one good chocolate treat!

  6. Margo says:

    I live in Greece and learned the BEST tip for peeling a pomegranate the other day at the farmer’s market: Cut in half (ie as would an orange when juicing), hold a half over a bowl, grab a wooden spoon and start banging the top. Slowly the clean kernels start dropping like rain drops. No muck/dirty fingers and NO FUSS! makes you want to eat them (fab source of anti-oxidants btw)

  7. you are right– these needed bits of chopped chocolate. i wish i’d thought of that (and am going to make a note in my book in case i make these again). i love pomegranate seeds…they look like jewels.