Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies ~ if a cookie and a brownie had a baby they might come up with a delicious buttery cookie like this! Keep a log of this slice and bake cookie dough in the fridge for last minute visitors (or snack attacks!)
Chocolate walnut shortbread cookies are a sophisticated treat
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 cookies are one of the best concepts ever, one of my favorite ways to use this dough is to slice off a few at a time to bake up when the urge for fresh cookies warm from the oven strikes.
TIP: You can freeze this dough, just be sure to wrap it well and use it within a month or two.
After you chill the dough it slices up neatly. Use a sharp knife and you’ll reveal a kaleidoscope of chocolate walnut gorgeousness.
TIP: Be sure your butter is at room temperature and you get the dough thoroughly combined, with no dry flour or dry crumbles, before rolling it into a log.
more nutty shortbread cookies to try…
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Roll up in the paper, smoothing the log and twisting the ends firmly to form a secure package.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Place on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Just until set.
- Cool for a minute on the tray, then transfer to a cooling rack.
notes and variations
- Toast your walnuts to bring out a deeper flavor.
- Pecans would also work well in this recipe.