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Shortbread Recipe | How to make Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Chips

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Butter and chocolate are both delicious and we can - most of us - agree on that, but when they are together? Simply divine!
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Shortbread cookies with Chocolate Chips… what to say? 


Butter and chocolate are both delicious and we can – most of us – agree on that, but when they are together? Simply divine! 


This is a simple chocolate chip shortbread cookies recipe I like to prepare for Jay as he is a massive butter fan (he could eat butter with every dish, no kidding!) and I love dark chocolate, so here’s another recipe that comes from compromise… taking one thing each of us loves and making it work for both! 


As I count calories, making these shortbread biscuits in button size means I can have one now and then while still sticking to my budget, as losing weight and being healthy doesn’t mean giving up what we love and makes our belly happy, it means moderation – in everything! 


This is a full fat, full sugar, full taste recipe, that is easy to bake and comes in bite-size portions.


Let’s stop thinking of butter as bad for us. It is a great source of Vitamins: 


 – Vitamin A: great for hair, eye and skin 


 – Vitamins D, E and K 


Furthermore, butter, along other high-fat dairy products, has been associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, heart problems and obesity. So there is no reason to cut it out from your diet! Just use it in moderation – just like everything else! 


I’m not going to say too much about chocolate, as most people don’t need convincing to eat it, plus its benefits are now known: source of antioxidants, may help blood flow, may reduce blood pressure, could improve brain function… but most of all, at least fore me, it makes me happy! Yes, dark chocolate also stimulates the production of endorphins in the body… which is a chemical that creates the feeling of pleasure


So… no more need to convince you that also while trying to lose weight a chocolate chip shortbread cookie is fine to have? 


  ~~ If you love chocolate you need to try this Homemade Spiked Vegan Hot Chocolate with Amaretto!

what is shortbread

What is shortbread?

This tasty sweet is a traditional Scottish biscuit made of one part sugar, two parts of butter and flour, normally three parts oat flour or four parts plain white flour. 


Why is shortbread called shortbread?

Shortbread gets its name from its crumbly texture, which is caused by its high fat content (butter); the word ‘shortening’ in fact is related to the fact that fats are added to give a crumbly consistency to the food (as opposed to one that is ‘longer’ or easier to work). 


How to make shortbread cookies? How to make chocolate chip shortbread?

This recipe is too easy to be true! 


Dice room temperature butter and mix it with sugar and flour; once you obtain big crumbs of dough add the chocolate chips and continue knitting until you obtain a uniform dough. 


At this point create a sausage with the dough by rolling it slowly on the countertop; as the dough is very crumbly, take care while doing this. 


Roll the sausage in a piece of clingfilm and refrigerate for twenty to thirty minutes. 


Remove from the fridge and the clingfilm, slice the raw cookie dough in 20 portions and bake for 13-18 minutes, depending on the oven at 150 degrees in a static oven. 


Allow the cookies to cool down and enjoy! 


Should you prefer to have plain shortbreads, simply skip the chocolate chips. 


 ~~ Love shortbreads and Bakewell tarts? You’re in for a treat: Bakewell Tart Biscuits (Cherry and Almond Flakes Butter Biscuits)


Diced room temperature butter
sugar and flour
Add sugar and flour
Add chocolate chips
cookie dough
Raw cookie dough
Wrap in cling film and refrigerate
Remove from fridge and film
Slice raw cookie dough
on tray raw cookie dough
Position on a baking tray
shortbread cookies with chocolate chips
Chocolate chip shortbread

How to store shortbread cookies? How long does shortbread last?

Shortbread cookies can be stored in an dry airtight container once they have fully cooled down for up to one week out of the fridge or up to ten days in the fridge.


Shortbread cookies can be frozen for later consumption; you can store them in a dry airtight container for up to three months, just allow them to get back to room temperature before serving. 


You will love these super-duper delicious four ingredients cookies! 


They are quick and easy to prepare and are liked by most! 


If you are counting calories, these are an excellent treat that can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea. 


Get knitting, get baking… get tasting! 


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Shortbread Recipe | How to make Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Butter and chocolate are both delicious and we can - most of us - agree on that, but when they are together? Simply divine!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 20 biscuits
Calories 84 kcal


  • 100 g Unsalted Butter
  • 150 g All-Purpose Flour
  • 50 g Caster Sugar
  • 40 g Dark Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat the fan oven to 150 degrees Celsius (or 170 degrees Celsius static/gas 3).
  • Take the butter, that has been out of the fridge for about one hour, and cut into 1 cm cubes, then put it into a bowl.
  • To the butter, add the flour and sugar and mix well with your hands. The more you work it, the more it will start looking like big breadcrumbs.
  • Once it looks like big breadcrumbs, add the chocolate chips and continue working the dough until it becomes uniform.
  • Shape the dough like a sausage and put it in the fridge, covered in cling film, for about twenty to thirty minutes, to set.
  • Once set, remove it from the fridge and slice it into 25 biscuits.
  • Spread evenly on a baking tray that has been covered with a sheet of baking paper, ensuring there are a couple of centimeters of space between biscuits.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown; depending on the oven, it will take between 13 and 17 minutes, so keep an eye on them.


Who knew such a tasty recipe was baked out of just four ingredients?
It is very important to allow the butter to soften before preparing the dough, as this allows for easier mixing and incorporating all ingredients.
If you feel, after cutting the slices of biscuit from the ‘sausage-shaped-dough’, that the edges look too ‘square’, pass your finger around the chocolate chip cookies and round them up - aesthetically feel free to amend as you wish.
Should you prefer to use cookie cutters for these, then roll the dough to half a centimeter thickness then cut to liking; this way you can follow the same baking instructions.
Should you wish to go ‘all-out’ with the chocolate, you can remove two teaspoons of flour and substitute it with the same amount of cocoa powder.
I like to use dark chocolate in this chocolate chip cookie recipe, as I feel the bitterness of it works well with the richness of the butter and the sweetness of the caster sugar. I have tried them with toffee chips and white chocolate chips as well and they do taste fantastic all the same!
To make plain shortbreads, follow the same recipe but do not put the chocolate chips. 


Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
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4 Responses

  1. I have made these cookies for my family so many times now. They are so delicious and have become one of our favourites!!5 stars

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