Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Tender, easy chocolate chip shortbread recipe

This Easy Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe is buttery, and loaded with mini chocolate chips! Only 5 ingredients necessary for a chocolate-twist on a classic shortbread recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies are a buttery, melt in your mouth twist on classic shortbread! Doesn’t chocolate just make everything a little more…delicious? Of course if you don’t love chocolate (WHO? WHAT?) you can always make my 3 Ingredient Shortbread, which is also completely delicious in its own way. But of course, it’s Day 3 of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series, and I wanted to make a shortbread recipe that was not only classic, but also festive! Mission accomplished with this chocolate chip shortbread!

East Chocolate Chip Shortbread is a great cookie recipe

Shortbread is one of those recipes where the quality of the ingredients is very important. The flavors of the ingredients really shine through, so this isn’t a recipe to cut corners on! Use high quality butter, vanilla and of course, flour. I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached All Purpose Flour, which is what I used in this shortbread recipe. It’s unbleached, unbromated, enriched baking flour milled from high quality North American wheat. It’s perfect to use in cakes, cookies, yeast breads, biscuits, muffins…literally everything.

Bob’s Red Mill products are also certified Kosher, and made with ingredients grown from non-GMO seeds. So, beyond being flavorful, I feel good about the ingredients that I use to feed my family.

Use Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour in Chocolate Chip Shortbread

How to Make Chocolate Chip Shortbread

There are two ways to make these shortbread cookies, which I’ve noted in the recipe below. You can roll out your dough, cut it into shapes and THEN chill it, OR you can chill the dough then roll it out and cut it into shapes. Either way will work!

If you want a more precise edge, cutting the dough into shapes and then chilling it is the method you might want to try. If the edges aren’t as important to you, roll it out after it’s chilled. In the pictures of the cookies I chilled the dough before rolling it out, just so you have an idea of what to expect!

Easy Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe

You could even drizzle these chocolate chip shortbread cookies with some melted chocolate for an even prettier presentation!

The buttery, tender texture of these cookies is undeniable! The bottoms will get slightly golden brown, which only adds to the depth of flavor. A classic cookie recipe for sure!

Tender, easy chocolate chip shortbread recipe

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Classic shortbread gets a chocolate twist!


  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (I used Bob’s All Purpose Unbleached flour)
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together for 2 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
  2. Stir in the chocolate chips evenly.
  3. Transfer the dough to a zip-top bag and chill for at least 2 hours. Alternately, you can roll your dough out now and cut into shapes, and then chill the dough. Both methods are effective.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Roll dough out into a large square, 1/3-inch thick. Cut the dough into squares using a knife, or you could use cookie cutters.
  6. Place on baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


store airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days

Keywords: shortbread, cookies, christmas cookies, chocolate chip

Make sure not to miss any of the cookies in my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Series!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Day 1: Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Day 2: Crock Pot Peppermint Pretzel Candy

Day 3: Chocolate Chip Shortbread

20 Responses

  1. Chris

    This looks perfect for a Christmas gift! Just one question: You said, “If you want a more precise edge, cutting the dough into shapes and then baking it is the method you might want to try.” I assumed you meant chilling instead of baking, but I just want clarify because I’m a drop-cookie person and roll outs are foreign to me.

  2. Preet

    Hi, when you mentioned one cup butter, is it melted butter or softened butter? What would be the appropriate weight of the butter?

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