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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies are all the goodness of melt-in-your-mouth shortbread combined with a little bit of chocolate.  Your family will love these easy tasty cookies!

A stack of Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with mini chocolate chips and dipped in melted chocolate.

These cookies look so fancy and impressive, but guess what? They only require a handful of ingredients and are super easy to make. You’ve got to love that! On top of all that, they are also super tasty. These are great for a tea party, baby shower, brunch, or just for a regular old treat.

I’ve dipped these cookies in melted chocolate. Specially, I used Ghirardelli’s melting wafers. You can use chocolate chips too, but wafers are just so easy to work with. You also don’t have to dip them in chocolate at all. It adds a fun and fancy finishing touch and a higher chocolate content, but you can also have these cookies plain as well.

Rachel holds a rectangle shaped chocolate chip shortbread cookie dipped in melted chocolate

These cookies hold their shape which means you can cut them in squares or rectangles as shown, or you can use cookie cutters to come up with your own shape. Smaller cookie cutters may require a slightly shorter cooking time so be sure to watch them closely.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of this recipe. I have my own cooking show on YouTube where I walk you through all of my recipes. There’s hundreds of them already on my channel so feel free to binge watch!

A stack of Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with mini chocolate chips and dipped in melted chocolate.
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies are all the goodness of melt-in-your-mouth shortbread combined with a little bit of chocolate. Your family will love these easy tasty cookies!
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 8 oz melting chocolate wafers
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour and mix just until flour disappears. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  • Transfer dough to a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag, or place between two layers of plastic wrap. Roll until 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate on a flat surface until firm, about 1 to 2 hours.
  • Remove dough from plastic and use a butter knife to cut into equal-sized squares or rectangles. Transfer cut pieces to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until edges are just lightly kissed with brown.
  • Melt dipping chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl by microwaving on high for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between. Dip cookies in chocolate covering 1/3 or 1/2 of the cookie and transfer to parchment paper to harden.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Shortbead Cookies
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Ken C.
December 27, 2019 8:02 am

5 stars
I made these last night. Great recipe. They’re fairly simple to make, and the results make me look like a pro. They are so rich. These are like something you would get at an upscale bakery or European pastry shop. They’re fun to make and they look really cool. (I drizzled on a little extra chocolate for good measure). The recipe didn’t specify what type of butter, so I used salted butter and it made them disappear before morning. Go figure.
Thanks again for another recipe that makes me look good.
Ken C.
Fort Worth TX

Harriet Walters
October 14, 2020 11:49 am

Can these be frozen? Could you use something else or grease the pan instead of using parchment paper. I cannot use that in a toaster oven and my regular oven is broken right now.

October 6, 2020 9:08 pm

5 stars
Best choc-chip shortbread cookies, I’ve ever made. They are so yummy! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

Tony Owens
June 23, 2020 3:39 pm

5 stars
Really easy to make and delicious! Had guests over and served these for dessert with coffee. They could not say enough about them and wanted to know the name of the “Gourmet” store where we purchased them! Cannot say enough good things about this recipe!

March 24, 2020 7:36 am

5 stars
First time making shortbread and this recipe was perfect and easy to follow. I found it easier to use my hands beating the butter and sugar and then folding the flour rather than a hand whisk as the dough was quite stiff. I also only chilled my dough for 30 mins wrapped in cling film then rolled it out between two pieces of baking parchment before cutting into shapes and baking which worked fine. Thanks for a great recipe!

December 26, 2019 9:43 am

5 stars
I made these for Christmas and they are really delicious – it’s a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread for sure. I cut them using a ravioli cutter / crimper for nice fluted edges.

September 29, 2020 5:25 pm

These are outstanding! Entire family said don’t lose this recipe! My only problem is after they baked my edges weren’t as sharp and clean cut. What did I do wrong

Mary Ellen Carter
September 17, 2020 1:33 pm

5 stars
These are simply divine. They are, by far, my most requested cookie that I make (and I make a lot of cookies). Thank you so much for such a deliciously sinful treat!

Anna Phillips
September 8, 2020 3:49 pm

5 stars
Delicious!! I decided to make these a few weeks ago and haven’t stopped thinking about them ever since! x

September 7, 2020 3:40 pm

5 stars
Super!!!! Thank you 🌷

Carol Valandra
August 27, 2020 3:40 am

Melt in ur mouth goodness for sure and easy to do

August 26, 2020 9:00 am

5 stars
I’m making these today to ship to my parents (I’m in CA; they live in MI) and I’m wondering how these ship? Any tips with packaging?

August 22, 2020 12:42 pm

5 stars
Made 4 Batches. The first was cut as suggested but on the bigger side of a cookie. The next three made smaller cookies perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Good to have on hand when someone stops by. Loved them. Great for the chocolate lover in all of us.

August 11, 2020 1:40 pm

5 stars
This is a very good shortbread recipe. I will very make these again.

Cynthia C
July 26, 2020 9:52 pm

4 stars
Might you have a suggested bake time if I wanted to try making these half as big (40 cookies, instead of only 20) ?

These look yummy and I’m thinking might work well as wedding treats.

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