Maida Heatter’s Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are simple slice and bake shortbread cookies that pack a rich chocolatey punch!
Maida Heatter is the consummate expert on cookies, so these classic Chocolate Shortbread Cookies will be fun to try. I consider myself somewhat of a shortbread expert since I’ve made and tested so many different varieties. Maida’s cookies will have to be pretty darned good to hold up to my Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, or my Deepest Chocolate Espresso Chip Cookies. We’ll see ;)
I will say right up front that I fiddled with the recipe a little. First, I made them into a slice and bake log, like I do with all my shortbread, instead of rolling out and cutting the dough.
Then, I added some chocolate chips to the dough just to up the chocolate quotient. The result is a simple cookie with a big chocolate punch.
There’s nothing worse than a half-hearted chocolate cookie. These are the real deal; the 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and the broken up chips give this cookie a rich chocolate flavor that shortbread doesn’t normally have. They go equally well with a cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted then measured by scoop and level process
- 1/2 cup very best quality unsweetened cocoa powder you can find
- 1 cup confectioners'(powdered) sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Cream the butter, and then add the vanilla, salt and sugar. The Cuisinart isn't really the best choice for creaming butter, I know, but a lazy cook without a Kitchen Aid mixer will find a way. It does a fine job, with a little bit of scraping.
- Add in the flour, cocoa and chocolate chips and process just till the dough comes together. The chips will get slightly chopped up, which is good.
- Form the dough into a 10 or 11 inch log and wrap in waxed paper. Roll the log to smooth and shape it, and twist the ends firmly.
- Refrigerate the log for at least an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325F.
- When you're ready to bake, slice the dough into 3/8 inch slices. Arrange on a silicone mat or parchment paper and bake for about 18-20 minutes.
- Be careful not to over bake these…because they’re chocolate you can’t rely on color to tell you when they’re done. Check in on them at 18 minutes, earlier if you sliced them on the thin side. Like Brownies, shortbread is better underdone than overdone, and a couple of minutes can mean the difference between melting in your mouth, and crispy.