Chocolate Shortbread Cookies don’t last long on a cookie tray. With chocolate stripes and sprinkles, this shortbread is alluring! The ultra chocolaty flavor makes these melt in your mouth cookies an instant favorite. They are a great cookie to make ahead, give as gifts, or mail in a care package! Updated from the original December 2014 version. Last updated November 2018.
This post originally appeared on The Monday Box for the 2014 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and has been one of my favorite cookies for holiday cookie swaps ever since! I was one of 600 bloggers who contributed 600 cookie recipes, just in time for holiday baking! Each blogger participating in the swap sent out three dozen cookies, a box of twelve cookies each to three assigned food bloggers.
In return, each blogger received three dozen cookies (a box of twelve cookies from three different food bloggers). That made 21,600 cookies exchanged between bloggers! Best of all, thousands of dollars, from entry fees and sponsor donations, were raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!
I was delighted with the three packages of cookie deliciousness that arrived at my door. I hope my recipients enjoyed The Monday Box contribution to the swap; rich, chocolaty Chocolate Shortbread Cookies.
I received cookies from three talented baker-bloggers. Allison from Celebrating Sweets sent a box full of chewy Ginger Molasses Cookie Bars, drizzled in icing. Julia from Sprinkled with Jules sent irresistible Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies perfectly sized for their shipping tube. Renata from First Time Foods boxed up Toffee Pecan Shortbread dipped in chocolate.
All three cookies are as delicious as they look! Click through to check out the recipes for these delights. Thanks, Allison, Julia, and Renata!
I chose to send Chocolate Shortbread Cookies in my swap packages. Shortbread flavor has the magical characteristic of improving over time, making it a great shipping cookie. T
his version uses confectioners’ sugar for melt-in-your-mouth texture. The rich chocolate flavor comes from both cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
HOW TO FORM SHORTBREAD COOKIES
This is a wonderful dough to work with and can be shaped in a variety of ways.
- The easiest way would be to form the dough into logs, chill until firm, then slice into ¼”– ½” discs and bake.
- Another way would be to roll out the dough, then after chilling, use a knife to slice into bars, then bake.
- For my Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, I envisioned a scalloped edge, so I rolled out the dough and used a cookie cutter. Though I chose the most time intensive method (typical behavior), it was still a quick and easy process.
HOW TO MAKE SHORTBREAD COOKIES DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE
Both white and dark melting chocolate were used for dipping. To create the stripes of chocolate and sprinkles, I dipped each cookie twice.
- First, I dipped each cookie half way in one flavor of chocolate.
- The chocolate was allowed to set in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.
- Then just the edge of the cookie was dipped in the second flavor of chocolate and sprinkles were added immediately. The double dipping produced dressed up cookies with doubly chocolate goodness.
The hundreds of Great Food Blog Cookie Swap 2014 recipes are still available in two round up posts which include thumbnail photos from all 600 recipes at Love and Olive Oil and at The Little Kitchen. Enjoy!
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BAKING TOOLS I USE AND RECOMMEND
Nonpareil sprinkles in Christmas colors add eye appeal and holiday flare to all of your baking! If you plan to do a quantity of baking this season, I recommend buying this 15 ounce bag of nonpareils. The price is much better than buying multiple small jars.
MORE SHORTBREAD RECIPES
Wishing you all joyful, peace filled holidays, with lots of cookies!
CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD COOKIES RECIPE
You will want to have plenty of these cookies for all of your holiday snacking and gifting needs! The shortbread stays delicious for up to two weeks, or you can freeze the cookies before baking and bake them as needed.
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- For decorating:
- ¾ pound white melting chocolate
- ¾ pound dark melting chocolate
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, chocolate chips, and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
- Gradually add flour mixture and mix just until all of the flour is incorporated and the dough forms.
- Form the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll out dough to ¼”- ½” thickness. Slice into shapes or use a cookie cutter.
- Place on prepared baking sheet about 1” apart and bake for 10-12 minutes. (Cookies firm as they cool).
- Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Dipping and decorating:Use wax paper to line two cookie sheets or other flat baking pans that will fit into your refrigerator.
- Place one of the melting chocolates in a bowls large enough that the chocolate fills it up to about 1 inch below the rim. Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave at 50% power for one minute. Stir. If not completely melted, return to the microwave and heat for 15 second intervals, stirring between intervals, until melted.
- Dip the cookies into the chocolate, gently tap the wrist of the hand holding the dipped cookie to allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, then set the dipped cookie onto the prepare cookie sheet. After completing 6 cookies, place the tray into the refrigerator to set for about 5 minutes.
- When all of the cookies have been dipped and set, melt the second flavor of chocolate in a separate bowl.
- Dip the edge of a cookie into the melted chocolate just long enough to coat. Tap off excess and place on lined baking sheet. Add sprinkles immediately, before chocolate can begin to set. After 6 cookies have been dipped and sprinkled, place in the refrigerator again to set the chocolate for 5 minutes.
- Store layers of cookies between wax paper in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Double wrap small piles of cookies in plastic wrap, then place snugly in an airtight container or zip lock bag for mailing.