Oh, yum. If I have to choose a favorite chocolate recipe, chocolate chip shortbread would certainly be in the running. The appeals of this cookie? Few ingredients. Simple to mix and bake. Freezes great. Perfect shortbread taste with just the right amount of chocolate. Wows everyone.
When I bake chocolate chip shortbread, I almost always make a double batch – one for now and one for the freezer. This cookie defrosts so quickly, that I love to have them on hand for company. They are always a hit. My cousins will devour these cookies by the handful!
They don’t necessarily look like much, but bake them before you make your decision.
Here’s the recipe for Chocolate Chip Shortbread (also / officially known as Chocolate Chip Tea Cakes).
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and powdered sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in vanilla.
Gradually beat in flour. Stir in chocolate chips.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set and light golden brown on bottom. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Use butter. You can use margarine but the true shortbread taste comes out with butter.
Do not melt your butter completely. Make sure it is softened, but NOT melted. The texture and shape of your cookies will not be the same if you melt the butter. Trust me. I’ve done it before when I was in a hurry. Oops!
I use anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips in each batch of cookies. It depends on how many bits of chocolate you want in your shortbread.
These shortbread cookies also taste great with mint chocolate chips, if you are feeling adventurous or want a little bit of variety.
Do shape these balls by hand. I love my cookie scoops (thank you, Pampered Chef!) but these cookies do best when rolled by hand. They will not spread much when baking, so I can fit 16 cookies on one baking sheet.
Be sure to share this recipe when you share the cookie, because you’ll be asked for it! And to my cousin, Shauna? I apologize that it took me this long to share it with you!
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