Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread chocolate chip cookies are a buttery treat that have just the right combination of chocolate chunks, salt and butter for a simple but fabulous cookie.  Easily made into mini treats.
 A stack of Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookeis
These cookies have been all over Instagram since Alison Roman’s cookbook  Dining In came out. I started with this recipe which are worth the cost of the cookbook alone.  It’s hard to improve on my favorite chocolate chip cookies, but this one is completely different.  It’s not a typical chocolate cookie at all but a buttery shortbread.
 A single chocolate chip shortbread cookie
These are easy to make using salted butter, which I hardly ever use.  If you don’t have salted butter, just add 3/4 teaspoon of salt. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference using salted butter but some seem to think it makes them magically different, I didn’t notice but I did sprinkle them with salt before baking.
Chocolate Chunks on a cutting board
I used a good quality baking bar that I chopped into different sized chunks. By having some chunks larger than others, you get some gooey chocolate bites and some bites that are just buttery goodness. What’s kind of nice is you make these into logs and refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to bake. You’ll roll them in some sugar so that you get a little sweetness before slicing them.
Mini chocolate chip shortbread cookies on a rackThese cookies did not stay around the house long, everyone loved this variant on a traditional chocolate chip cookie.  We loved them so much that for the Super Bowl, I made mini ones to use for markers for our Super Bowl bingo. The mini ones are also great to give as gifts, just the right size for a sweet treat. We made two batches of minis for Natalie to give to her friends.
Mini Chocolate chip shortbread cookies on a bingo card
If you love buttery shortbread but need a little chocolate, this is the perfect cookie for you.
Adapted very slightly from Dining In
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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Stacks of Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread chocolate chip cookies are a buttery treat that have just the right combination of chocolate chunks, salt and butter for a simple but fabulous cookie.  Easily made into mini treats. 

  • Author: Barbara Curry
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 32

Ingredients

  • 18 tablespoons SALTED butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate , cut into chunks
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • demerara sugar
  • flaky sea salt

Instructions

1. With an electric mixer beat both sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour and mix until combined. Add chunks of chocolate and mix just until combined.
2. Divide dough in half and place each on plastic wrap. Shape each into a 2 1/2 inch log. Wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or longer until it is firm, or 30 minutes in the freezer.
3. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
4. Brush the outside of the logs with beaten egg and roll in Demerara sugar. Slice into 1/2 inch rounds and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky salt.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until just beginning to brown.

Notes

If making mini cookies, bake for 10-12 minutes. Will make 145 mini cookies.

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