Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies

slice and bake chocolate walnut shortbread cookies
Chocolate Walnut Shortbread Cookies ~ if a cookie and a brownie had a baby they might come up with a delicious buttery cookie like this! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

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 ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
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Notes:

  • Pecans would also work well in this recipe.

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

 

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

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Nanda
    May 15, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I love this recipe! I added a little bit more powdered sugar, and it was a very nice and semi-sweet buttery cookie! Melted in my mouth! Kept each batch in for 12 minutes and removed from the tray to the cooling rack after about 30 seconds. Had minimal problems with cracking, just treated each cooking carefully. Easy recipe and very satisfying results. Thanks for sharing this Sue!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      You’re so welcome Nanda ~ thanks for taking the time to come back and comment :)

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    M King
    December 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    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!

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      Sue
      December 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      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 :)

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    Susan
    December 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      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.

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    Kristina
    July 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    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. ?

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    Ron
    June 24, 2016 at 4:59 am

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

  • Reply
    Alana
    March 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

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

    • Reply
      Dora
      March 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Did you use Black Walnuts if so that is probably where the bitterness came from, but it could be the cocoa you used. Shortbread cookies are never sweet just a bit sweet, but you can add extra powder sugar 1/4 cup and it should not affect them.

  • Reply
    Judy Ernst_Hopp
    December 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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

    Looking forward to other recipes.

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    Anonymous
    November 21, 2012 at 1:31 am

    oops! Just saw it at the top!

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    Anonymous
    November 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

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

  • Reply
    shannon @ a periodic table
    October 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    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.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    October 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    October 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

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

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    October 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

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

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    October 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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

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    grace
    October 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

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

  • Reply
    Velva
    October 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Grace is going to love thsi cookbook!

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

    Velva

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    Linda in Waterloo, Ontario
    October 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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

  • Reply
    Magnolia Verandah
    October 7, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Congrats Grace. These shortbreads look heavenly.

  • Reply
    Yasmeen
    October 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

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

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    October 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    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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