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Two Peas and Their Pod: Recipe for Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Recipe for Chocolate Chip Shortbread



This has been an all around busy week. I am so glad today is my Friday. I am a health educator for the state of Utah which means I work a 4-10 schedule. I know it may sound like a dream schedule, having a long weekend and all, but I personally hate it. The days are too long! The only day I like it is Friday, but those days are usually packed full of errands, cleaning, etc. that I didn't have time for earlier in the week. Ok, enough complaining, I am just glad it is my Friday...on to the recipe:)

I recently made Chocolate Chip Shortbread, I was in the mood to bake, but didn't have a lot of time to fuss in the kitchen. I love this recipe because it is super easy to make and you don't have to scoop out a bizzilion cookies. You just put the dough into two cake pans and you are done!

I am glad I tried a chocolate chip variety, a great buttery shortbread texture, but the classic feel of a traditional chocolate chip cookie. This one has the best of both worlds!





Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Adapted from The King Arthur Flower Cookie Companion

(Printable Recipe)

2 stick of unsalted butter
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/3 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease 2 9 inch cake pans.
2. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
3. Combine 1 cup flour and chocolate chips in a food processor. Process until the chocolate is chopped. You want the pieces to be small enough to not stick out, but large enough to still be chips.
4. Beat the remaining 1 1/3 cup flour and the flour chocolate mixture with the butter mixture, until well combined.
5. Divide the dough in half and press in prepared cake pans. Make sure each pan is even. Smooth the surface and prick the dough with a fork.
6. Bake for 40 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. Remove and loosen the edges with a knife.
7. Wait five minutes, then carefully place the shortbread out onto a clean work surface, all in one piece.
8. Using a pizza wheel or knife, cut into wedges. Do this while it is still warm so you can cut it. Transfer wedges to a cooling rack.

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82 Comments:

Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, scrumptious shortbread!!

5:08 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

A wonderful, special treat! Shortbread is so good -melt in your mouth! Enjoy your friday ;)

5:08 AM  
Blogger lesley said...

You've always got such GREAT looking recipes!!

5:22 AM  
Blogger April said...

This looks fantastic!! This is going on my to make soon list!

5:25 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

yummy shortbread! and 4-10? that must be tough!

5:28 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yum! Much better than have to scoop out all the cookies...so easy.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Today is my friday too, I work a 9/80 schedule. The shortbread looks delicious.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

ohh! that sounds delicious! i really like shortbread!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

That sounds great! Love the picture of them sitting on the cooling rack.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

They look simply delicious. I love the little round ones!

6:47 AM  
Blogger Netts Nook said...

What a good idea I can't wait to try. My hubby is a retired state employee he is glad they stated the 4 tens after he retired. You get to sleep in tomorrow.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Passionate About Baking said...

YUM YUM...love both the circles & the pie slices. WOW!!

7:09 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I love how easy shortbread is to make. And the add in's are literally endless. You do so much baking!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Wow, this really does look easy! And delicious -- a great way to get that chocolate chip fix! Glad that it is Friday for you! I am sure that those four days are long (I bet that you are great at your job, though!)

7:42 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love shortbread and I am sure adding chocolate chips would make me love it even more.

7:54 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

I just couldn't wait to click on your link when I read - Recipe for Chocolate Chip Shortbread. Oh and what joy you bring with your scrumptious shortbread!! Thanks for sharing!

Rosie x

7:58 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

The ones you cut out into circles are super cute :)

8:01 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Well, that just looks wonderful, I am trying this one also. You pick the BEST stuff, Maria!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

This looks terrific. am going to give this one a try!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Another great recipe I'd love to try. Great idea to make it in cake pans!

8:04 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Now that looks very, very, very good!!!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone. I know I bake a lot, but I can't help myself:) This is an easy one and a VERY good one!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

I would love to try the buttery/chocolate combo. That sounds fabulous! I can imagine they are rich.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Wow, this looks so good!! I must try this version of shortbread soon. Thanks for sharing!

Maria
x

8:35 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

Oh the possibilities with this one are endless! Looks delicious!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Joie de vivre said...

I have a neighbor that works 4-10's. She leaves at 5:30 in the morning to get back around 5. In the winter, it is dark when she leaves, dark when she gets home. She loves it, but it does sound so hard.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a scrumptious idea! Looks delish!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

This looks wonderful! I love how easy the recipe is! This will be a great go-to dessert.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Joie de vivre-It is hard in the winter, I live in the dark:) I can't wait for more light this spring/summer!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I love shortbread, but have never had it with chocolate chips. I'll have to try this out!

9:29 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I am a shortbread fanatic.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Kristen616 said...

Oh wow that looks awesome! I'll bet the chocolate chip shortbread is a fabulous combination. I'll have to try that! Looks delicious!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Happy Friday.
Chocolate shortbread looks great!
Thanks for sharing.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Quick desserts are so dangerous! Oh man, when I'm craving sweets, I look for recipes like this one that come together fast and pack a huge flavor punch. Can't wait to try this! I love that it's baked in a cake pan, just like Walker's! Yummmy!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I really want to try your wholewheat lemon pasta. Sounds yummy. The shortbread looks great too!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Audrey said...

I have this book but I don't bake from it often enough...these look wonderful. I love your pretty shapes (both triangles and rounds).

10:11 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

How delicious!! And they look beautiful too!!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Teanna said...

I LOVE SHORTBREAD! And I love chocolate chips, so this is the ULTIMATE combination for me!!!

10:32 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

I love shortbread and chocolate chips take it too another level. Sounds delicious!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This shortbread looks wonderful! A great recipe!

Cheers,

Rosa

11:23 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a time saver! This looks like a great treat.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Culinarywannabe said...

How convenient and yummy. I am having BAD chocolate cravings, and this is certainly not helping!! One of these days you are going to have to tell us how a health educator can bake such amazing treats! :)

11:53 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Culinarywannabe-I know, I shouldn't be supporting so much butter, chocolate, sugar, etc. but the key is moderation! Don't eat the whole batch, share! And exercise, and eat a well-balanced diet-I get lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc. I promise I don't eat all sweets:) I think it is A-OK to enjoy treats! I don't believe in diets:)

11:56 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Shortbread is a wonderful cookie isn't it? You're so right about how simple it is to make, but you get a great return on little effort.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Reeni♥ said...

I love shortbread all on it's own, the chocolate chips send it over the top! Yum!

12:21 PM  
Blogger mikky said...

wow, they look adorable... gotta give this a try as soon as i get back home after my convention trip... :)

12:41 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

I like how you cute them all up they're so cute!

1:02 PM  
Blogger BeckyRos said...

kind of looks like cookie pizza! yum

1:49 PM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I know I'd love these! They look perfect! Enjoy your weekend.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

Gotta love shortbread Maria! And you're right: with chocolate chips you do have the best of both worlds!

4:32 PM  
Blogger MaryBeth said...

OMG...you are simply killing me with this one, I love chocolate chips and I love shortbread. The 2 together must be sinful.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I made them today and they are great! I am thinking I might put an orange peel glaze on top.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I love love love shortbread and to add chocolate chips into it. YUM

5:50 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

This looks very good, nice and easy just the way i like recipes on busy days!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

Maria!
Did you see my post today?
We made almost the same thing, and in wedges.
How weird is that????

Great minds think alike!

6:48 PM  
Blogger KM said...

this does look delicious. I'll have to try this soon, but i'm afraid all the pregnancy ell-bee's would come back with a mad vengeance!

Thanks ps for all your sweet comments on my blog! Sure appreciate it!

7:30 PM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

My wife loves short bread and chocolate. This is perfect!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I sort of made chocolate chip shortbread too, but mine did not turn out right. It might have to do with forgetting to take it out of the oven though!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I love the little guys at the end! Happy Friday :)

9:28 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

I have never had chocolate chips in shortbread - sounds really tasty!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Mmm...I love shortbread. Add some chocolate and things can only get better. Definitely bookmarking this one.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

4-10 AM or PM? I'm a 4-10 PM gal, so I always have to eat dinner at ten at night. Not good.

This shortbread looks delicious and easy. I love a good easy recipe.

2:12 AM  
Blogger bakingblonde said...

These look fabulous. Perfect for Icecream sandwiches or crumbled on top!

4:56 AM  
Blogger CookingCourtney said...

that looks really good,
who doesnt love a good shortbread!

5:04 AM  
Blogger calicodaisy said...

This looks so good!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Amy Beatty said...

I still dream for these!!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

Oh...my...the ultimate shortbread!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

Oh...my...the ultimate shortbread!

10:07 AM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I <33333 the little round ones! :D

1:39 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I love shortbread, but have not tried choc chip in it before. The pics look great and I'll bet it is a great recipe being from King Arthur. Thanks!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

i think i just drooled a little looking at that picture...

3:49 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

I actually had a schedule kind of like that and it did make the days seem long!

This is a really pretty shortbread dessert, nice use of the chocolate chips :).

5:50 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

YUM! I can smell the butter and chocolate from here. ;o)

6:09 PM  
Blogger Jude said...

Lots of nice crustiness to go around. Liking your description.. shortbread / cookie hybrid makes it sound even better :)

9:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love the little wedges. I'll take two with my coffee please. :)

6:45 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

i've never been crazy about shortbread for some reason, probably simply because chocolate isn't usually involved. that said, this appeals to me tremendously. :)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Monica H said...

Ooh, I like all the little rounds all stacked up. So pretty.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Scary Mommy said...

this looks amazing!!!!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Girl Japan said...

Shortbread is a such a HUGE fav of mine- I like the round one's what a lovely way to enjoy after noon tea with biscuits (cookies) yum.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Maris said...

This looks dangerously good! I love shortbread and I love chocolate chip ANYTHING!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I really like the sound of chocolate chip shortbread!

9:44 AM  
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11:25 PM  

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