Chocolate Chip Shortbread

This cookie is buttery, slightly sweet, chocolaty. 100% Satisfying.

Did I mention sweet and buttery?

And studded with chocolaty chocolate chips!!

This dessert is elegant, but surprisingly sturdy. What do I mean?

I wanted to send some home cooked lovin’ to my hubby while he is away on his assignment abroad. I flipped open the June issue of Martha Stewart Living to the exact page where Martha talks about what cookies are great to ship overseas to soldiers! So perfect, I knew it was divine intervention and that these butter buddies needed to be made.

I’m no fan of plain shortbread though, so I jazzed these up with some chocolate. Because everything is better with chocolate.  I was almost sad to send them away ;-)

Traditional Shortbread Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup powder sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter, softened, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini sized, or regular size chopped)

Whisk together flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Beat butter on medium high in an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Gradually add flour mixture into the butter, scraping the sides and beating until pale and fluffly, about 2 minutes.

Preheat oven to 300°. Butter a 9 or 10 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Really get the butter in all the nooks and crannies. Using plastic wrap to protect your hands, gently press the dough evenly into the tart pan, cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Remove the dough and slice the tart into 8 pieces and prick all over with a fork before putting into the oven. Bake until golden brown on top, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. You may need to run a knife along the slice marks you made earlier before seperating the wedges.

Enjoy!

If you plan on shipping them to a loved one, pack tightly in a sealed tin or plastic container. Crumble up parchment paper to fill any gaps in the container to prevent the cookies from sliding around in transit. These will last for two weeks in an airtight container.

Inspired by Martha Stewart

- Erin

Daily Question: What is the best care package you’ve ever received?

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