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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies made with mini chocolate chips are a wonderful addition to your holiday baking. Soft and buttery these chocolate chip shortbread cookies are always a hit.


Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Every year holiday baking must include this classic Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie recipe. We love it, Santa loves it, friends love it, you get the idea. This recipe is simple and delicious. This cookie belongs on the cookie tray or in the cookie tin.


chocolate chip shortbread cookies

Cut into Triangles

Cut into the shortbread making a +. Straight up and straight across. 

Then make an X. Corner to corner. 

Going back to the original cut of the + you have 4 equal squares. Cut one / corner to corner so each square has an X cut. 

Separate the cookies. You should have 16 triangle cut cookies. 


Cut the chocolate chip shortbread into triangles and line them up on a cookie tray or stack them in a gift cookie tin. These classic chocolate chip shortbread cookies are a holiday staple. Shortbread is a simple recipe and so good. It is one of my favorite cookies.

My other favorite cookie is my signature Chocolate Chip Cookies. What happens when two of my favorite cookies combine? Magic. Maybe that is why this is one of my most popular recipes on this site.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

More Chocolate Chip Recipes:

Another recipe that is well loved is my husband’s Monster Cookie Bars! That recipe uses mini chocolate chips too and M&Ms. Cookies with M&Ms are always a win in my family.

My signature Chocolate Chip Cookies that mini chocolate chips and a combination of two different types of flour. 

And finally, if you love peanut butter and coconut you must try my No-Bake Peanut Butter Bliss Balls with Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
3.71 from 34 votes

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip, shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16
Author Stephanie Jackson


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Add flour and salt and continue to beat. The dough will be a crumb texture.

  4. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  5. Press dough into 9x9 baking pan (ungreased)
  6. Bake at 350F. for 15 -17 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
  7. Let pan cool.
  8. Slide a knife around the edges and turn cookie out onto a cutting board.
  9. Cut cookie into bars or triangles.

If you love shortbread you may also like:

Salted Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Salted Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies 




Stephanie P.

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Very yummy and easy but I've had to double the recipe each time. The recipe listed does not make 16. Very off.


Thursday 21st of March 2019

Should the butter be softened?

Stephanie Jackson

Monday 25th of March 2019



Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Every time I make this, it seems to need a lot more time. Anyone else finding this. I’m also doubling it.

Stephanie Jackson

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Hi Kristy, When I made this recipe I had an electric oven. I have since moved and the house I am renting now has a gas oven. It was so out of whack and cooked things a few minutes faster on only one side of my sheet pan or pizza! Ovens can be so fickle. If you are doubling the recipe and depending on the size of the pan you are using you will have to bake longer.


Saturday 16th of June 2018

Is all purpose flour the same as plain flour in the UK?

Jay Soloway

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

I don't have a 9x9 pan, but do have a 12" round Pizza pan. What do you think of using that and serving it as a giant cookie?

Stephanie Jackson

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

Hi Jay, I have never tried it. I would think it would be ok. The edges wouldn't be perfect. I am interested in how it turns out. Let me know. Stephanie

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