Saturday, December 22, 2012

Salted Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

The combination of dark chocolate and the sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top of these shortbread cookies kept me coming back again and again (and maybe again) for another cookie.  I don't know if it was the healthiest choice for an afternoon snack, but it sure was delicious.  Tonight after my little ones have gone to bed, I'm going to sit myself down on the couch with one (probably two) cookies and a cup of my favorite hot chocolate.  I feel pretty happy about it!

Salted Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dark chocolate chips

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, powdered sugar, and salt and mix until smooth.  Add flour and mix until just combined.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Form dough in an 8-inch square log; wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut dough into 1/4-inch thick slices and place on parchment-lined baking sheets.  Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.  Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges, 15-18 minutes.  Let cookies cool 5 minutes on sheets.  Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

*My favorite salt for sprinkling is Fleur de Sel or Maldon.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Holiday Shortbread recipe


  1. How many does it make? They look great, can't wait to try!

    1. 8 inch log - 1/4 inch slices =32 pieces.(32 x 1/4 = 8)