Chocolate Covered Shortbread Cookies (Recipe + Video!)

An easy brown sugar shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate makes a simple but elegant cookie, perfect for Christmas or any time.
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These shortbread cookies are dipped in chocolate for the ultimate holiday treat. Make them perfect for any time of year by adding seasonal sprinkles!

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❤️ Why you’ll love these cookies

Shortbread is nice and simple, but sometimes it needs a little extra… something. And in this case, the extra something is a layer of chocolate! These are a perfect Christmas cookie, but they are also adorable with Valentine, Fall, or spring sprinkles.

Once the chocolate coating has fully set, you can stack them up and they will transport just fine, which makes them perfect for mixing in a gift basket. (Try adding a few homemade candies like old-fashioned fudge or stovetop caramels!)

What you’ll need

flour, salted butter, sprinkles, shortening, chocolate chips, and brown sugar on white surface
  • Salted butter- Yes, it must be salted! There’s no additionl salt in this recipe. Make sure you let it soften at room temperature so it will cream easily.
  • Brown sugar- Brown sugar shortbread has great flavor!
  • Flour- All purpose is just fine
  • Shortening- Melted this with the chocolate makes it smooth and perfect for dippping
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles of your choice
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Tips for making chocolate dipped shortbread cookies

Making the cookie dough

image of mixer bowl with creamed butter and sugar, and finished dough about to be rolled out.

We begin by creaming the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes with an electric mixer. After that, add 2 cups of the flour and mix it in low. You don’t want to over mix at this stage. Mix until just combined.

The dough will be very soft and crumbly. It may seem dry to you, but do not add any additional liquid! It will come together as you turn it out and knead on the counter.

Tips for rolling out and cutting

The dough should be soft and smooth after you roll it out, but you may notice some crumbly edges. That’s normal and it is part of making a very tender cookie.

Cut the dough into strips 1-inch x 3 inches in size, or cut out using a floured cookie cutter. Don’t try to use an elaborate shape if you use a cookie cutter. Circles or hearts would be fine!

You can re-roll the dough once without worrying about the cookies being too tough.

time to bake

Dipping and decorating

Be careful transferring the dough to the baking sheets. If you have an offset spatula, it will help you move them around easily. Place the cookies an inch apart in all directions and bake until the edges are golden brown which takes between 20-25 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through.

Make sure they are completely cool before moving on to dipping them in chocolate!

Making the chocolate just takes a few minutes: place the shortening and chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt on low for 45-60 seconds, stirring halfway through. That’s it!

Dip the ends of the cookies into the chocolate and place them on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Sprinkle with any decorations before the chocolate cools.

More classic cookies you’ll love

serving platter of chocolate dipped cookies

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Chocolate Covered Shortbread Cookies

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An easy brown sugar shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate makes a simple but elegant cookie, perfect for Christmas or any time.
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:50 mins
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  • 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 to 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • sprinkles (optional)


  • Prep baking sheets. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with two racks in the upper middle and lower middle positions. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2 rimmed cookie sheets pined with parchment
  • Make dough. Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 2 cups of flour and mix on low until the flour is mixed in. The cookie dough will appear very crumbly, but do not add any liquid. Turn it on onto a floured surface and mix in the remaining ¼ cup of flour by hand.
    crumbly cookie dough in metal mixing bowl
  • Roll out and cut. Roll the cookie dough out to ½ inch thickness, dusting the rolling pin with flour if the dough sticks. Cut into 3 x 1-inch strips. Place on a prepared baking sheet, at least one inch apart.
    rectangles cut out of cookie dough
  • Bake and cool. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes, until cookies are set and edges are golden brown. Cool completely on wire racks for dipping.
    baked shortbread cookies with golden brown edges
  • Dip and decorate. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave on LOW for 45 seconds, stirring halfway through. Dip the ends of the cookies in the chocolate and place them on a piece of waxed or parchment paper to set. Add sprinkles, if desired, while chocolate is still melted. If the chocolate hardens too soon, simply melt again in the microwave.
    smooth dipping chocolate in white bowl
  • Store tightly covered at room temperature for 3 days.


Shortbread freezes well after fully baked, but save the chocolate and sprinkles for after they are defrosted.  
The dough recipes doubles or triples easily if you have a stand mixer.  
White chocolate is delicious as well, and perfect with Valetine’s sprinkles. 


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, european
Keyword: chocolate dipped shortbread, christmas shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 133kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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By on November 10th, 2020

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