Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2010 | 16 Comments

I wanted to make something simple in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  I had seen Ina Garten make this recipe into shortbread fingers on Barefoot Contessa, and then I was reminded of them when I saw them on Brown Eyed Baker’s blog.   As with any shortbread, this is all about the butter.  I sometimes buy fancy European butters for special baking projects, but I always have Cabot butter on hand.  The quality is great, and I like supporting a co-op.  If you ever have the chance to visit the creamery in Vermont, I recommend it.  We visited on a slow day and our guide shared so much information on the dairy industry and cheese making.

I found this dough to be even more crumbly than I expected.  I added a teaspoon of water and it helped it come together.  This issue had been noted a few times in the comments on the Food Network site.  Due to the richness of this cookie, I decided to roll these a little thinner than the 1/2 recommended.  Mine were closer to 1/4 inch and shaped into large and small rounds.  They were perfectly done in ten to twelve minutes.

Shortbread Cookies
Adapted from Ina Garten, My notes are in parentheses

3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
(1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, optional)
(1 teaspoon water, if needed)

6 to 7 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a 3 by 1-inch finger-shaped cutter. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature. (OR roll into 1/4 disc and use cookie cutters to shape into circles. Bake for 10-12 minutes)

When the cookies are cool, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put 3 ounces of the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. (Don’t trust your microwave timer; time it with your watch.) Stir with a wooden spoon. Continue to heat and stir in 30-second increments until the chocolate is just melted. Add the remaining chocolate and allow it to sit at room temperature, stirring often, until it’s completely smooth. Stir vigorously until the chocolate is smooth and slightly cooled; stirring makes it glossier.

Drizzle 1/2 of each cookie with just enough chocolate to coat it.



  1. Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker}
    March 16, 2010

    Gorgeous cookies! I love that you made them round – they look so elegant! YUM :)

  2. Rosa
    March 16, 2010

    A fabulous treat!



  3. kat
    March 16, 2010

    I love shortbread, think its my favorite cookie, even better dipped in chocolate

  4. grace
    March 16, 2010

    i like shortbread cookies, but i always feel like they’re missing something. know what they’re missing? chocolate. these are great. :)

  5. ciaochowlinda
    March 16, 2010

    I saw Ina make these on her show recently and they really grabbed me, just like yours do.

  6. Alisa-Foodista
    March 21, 2010

    They look beautiful! I’d love to be in your kitchen :)

  7. sweetlife
    March 22, 2010

    what great ina


  8. Amy @ cookbookmaniac
    March 27, 2010

    These look so pretty. I want one! I love when cookies are dipped in chocolate.

  9. Cherine
    March 31, 2010

    Those cute cookies are my favorite!

  10. Dragon
    May 31, 2010

    I could eat all of these in one sitting. :)

  11. potpie du monde
    February 9, 2011

    Wow that looks so awesome! Must try it this weekend :)

  12. potpie du monde
    February 18, 2011

    Everything you post looks so perfect! I am going to try this recipe tonight since my sister is in town :) Thanks for sharing!~

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  14. kat @ featherfactor
    April 14, 2011

    Wow these all look delicious…I love shortbread….yum! Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Hallie
    November 12, 2011

    These look sooo yummy! I was planning on making these but I cannot find the finger-shaped cookie cutter.. do you know a good place for tools like this?

  16. jillian
    November 13, 2011

    Hallie- I just used a regular biscuit cutter for these. For the finger shape, I actually cut them by hand.

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