Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies ~ if a cookie and a brownie had a baby they might come up with a delicious buttery cookie like this! ~

Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies ~ if a cookie and a brownie had a baby they might come up with a delicious buttery cookie like this!

Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies ~

Chocolate and walnuts were made for each other.  These slice and bake cookies are like little brownie bites, only not quite as sweet, and the slightly bitter walnut flavor holds its own against the chocolate.  There is a nice background of vanilla, too.  They have that famous shortbread texture, which melts in your mouth, and they’re ridiculously easy to make.

slice and bake chocolate walnut shortbread cookies
Slice and bake cookies are one of the best concepts ever, I love to keep a log in the fridge for last minute guests (or snack attacks).

TIP: You can freeze this dough, just be sure to wrap it well and use it within a month.

easy slice and bake chocolate walnut cookies

After you chill the dough it slices up neatly.  Use a sharp knife and you’ll reveal a kaleidoscope of chocolate walnut gorgeousness.

melt in your mouth chocolate walnut cookies!

Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Yield: makes about 14 small cookies, double the recipe if you like

Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies


  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or extra dark)
  • 1 stick, (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • heaping 1/2 cup walnuts, rough chopped


  1. set oven to 325F
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients. You can use a wooden spoon or a stand mixer. I use my mixer. Add in the butter and the vanilla, and stir until completely mixed and a soft dough forms.
  3. Fold in the walnuts and turn the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Form the soft dough into a rough log, about 7-8 inches long.
  4. Roll up in the paper, smoothing the log and twisting the ends firmly to form a secure package.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or freeze for 1 hour if you're in a hurry, then unwrap and slice into thin slices, about 1/4-1/3 inch.
  6. Place on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Just until set.
  7. Cool for a minute on the tray, then transfer to a cooling rack.


  • Pecans would also work well in this recipe.

You won’t be disappointed by these, they are classics.


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21 Responses to Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies

  1. M King says:

    I made these for my annual Christmas cookie exchange. I loved the flavor and they looked so good until I took them off the cookie sheet. they all fell apart and were too crumbly. I was so disappointed and had to throw them all away. I followed the recipe so I don’t know what I did wrong. any suggestions? I’d like to try them again. Thanks!

    • Sue says:

      Shortbread does need time to cool completely so it sets up. Is it possible you moved them while warm? Shortbread does have a ‘crumbly’ texture, but they shouldn’t fall apart. Hope this helps :)

  2. Susan says:

    These cookies sounded great and look pretty, but they are not sweet at all. I put a glaze on them to make them palatable.

    • Sue says:

      These aren’t super sweet cookies, that’s true Susan. You can add a little more sugar to the dough next time without a problem.

  3. Kristina says:

    I too made them as directed yet they were super crumbly. Not too sweet. I didn’t mind but they sure would not hold together. ?

  4. Ron says:

    So… don’t set your oven then place dough in fridge for 2 hours… ?

  5. Alana says:

    I made these as directed and they tasted very dry and bitter. Is the 1/4 cup sugar correct?

  6. Judy Ernst_Hopp says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Looks yummy, can’t wait to bake.

    Looking forward to other recipes.

  7. Anonymous says:

    oops! Just saw it at the top!

  8. Anonymous says:

    yum! I’m making these for thanksgiving! One question..what temperature do you bake them at? Thanks!

  9. i love love LOVE the idea of a chocolate walnut shortbread; shortbread cookies in general drive me crazy with delight, but these look like GLOBES! those walnuts are like little countries…beautiful. and i’m sure delicious. Definitely on my holiday cookie list this year.

  10. Sue you are the shortbread queen – please put ME on your Christmas cookie list :) Chocolate shortbread and walnuts. Absolutely – MFEO (made for each other!)

  11. I’m putting these on my Christmas cookie list. I love the look of the walnuts in the chocolate.

  12. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    I’m the ultimate shortbread sucker so I will have to try these! Love the pretty shapes the walnuts give when cut!

  13. Oh my, these do look delicious! And, even healthy with the walnuts :)

  14. grace says:

    oh boy–now i’m excited! thanks so much, sue!
    these cookies look great–walnuts are beautiful, aren’t they!

  15. Velva says:

    Grace is going to love thsi cookbook!

    The chocolate shortbread cookies look awesome. You could not just a couple, it would be devoured.


  16. Linda in Waterloo, Ontario says:

    These look amazing! They will be on my cookie-baking list this Christmas! Thank you for the recipe. :)

  17. Magnolia Verandah says:

    Congrats Grace. These shortbreads look heavenly.

  18. Yasmeen says:

    Now this is my type of cookie. I agree tenfold that chocolate and walnuts were made for each other. Beautiful stuff.

  19. Sue these look so good! I love the mosaic-like appearance of those walnuts peering back at me! So pretty and love the EASE of the recipe!

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