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Whipped Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Melt in your mouth Whipped Chocolate Chip Shortbread, studded with delicious chocolate chips is a favourite melt-in-your-mouth cookie any time of year and especially at Christmas.

You are going to want to add these must-bake cookies to your holiday baking this year and to be a part of your dessert Christmas cookie tray.


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Brands are giving away their secret recipes!

I was absolutely delighted to see our favorite farm market opened their hearts and release their prized chocolate chip shortbread cookie recipe.

These chocolate chip shortbread cookies have always been one of my favourite sweet treats to buy when we visit. Now I get to share these special chocolate chip shortbreads that are “whipped” with you.

What are whipped shortbread?

If your used to eating super sweet sugar cookies these cookies will be much less sweet with the chocolate chips adding in some sweetness.

They are called whipped shortbread because you literally whip them with the mixer for 7 minutes. Perfect 4 ingredient shortbread cookies!

The “whipped” shortbread is a little different than the traditional shortbread that you may be used to. They are not an overly super-sweet cookie and they have a really fine delicate crumb.

Whipped chocolate chip shortbread on a red plate.

They are described as being “airy”and a melt-in-your-mouth delicious, fluffy shortbread recipe. We get comments like “I just cannot stop eating them” by the people who have adored them.

They are one of the quickest and easiest shortbread cookies I have ever made! With just a few basic pantry ingredients and one bowl for mixing, and, with no chilling the dough! What could be easier?

If you love shortbread cookies, be sure to try my Fresh Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies, Whipped Peppermint Chocolate Shortbread and the Whipped Lemon Shortbread variations.

Whipped shortbread cookies on a blue plate.
  • Easy to make shortbread cookie
  • Only 4 simple ingredients Christmas cookie
  • Ready in 20 minutes or less from start to finish with make-ahead option
  • No chilling the dough
  • Perfect “whipped” shortbread to add to your holiday cookie tray, cookie exchanges or holiday gift giving

Ingredients for whipped chocolate chip shortbread cookies recipe

Butter – be sure to use real butter and not margarine. Take your butter out of the fridge 30 to 60 minutes before baking to allow it to come to room temperature.

All-purpose flour – I only recommend using all-purpose flour in this recipe

Powdered Sugar – for a bit of sweetness!

Chocolate chips – I prefer dark chocolate chips in this shortbread recipe

Substitutions for whipped shortbread cookies

I made mini chocolate chip shortbread cookies with dark mini chips but you can use your favorite ones.

You can substitute the dark chocolate chips for your favourite chips like milk chocolate chips, butterscotch or chocolate chunks. There are so many now!

If you’re a white chocolate lover you can make white chocolate chip shortbread cookies.

Step by Step Instructions for old fashioned whipped chocolate chip shortbread cookies

STEP ONE – In a mixing bowl, (or bowl from stand mixer) on low-speed blend butter, all-purpose flour and powdered sugar for 1 minute. 

STEP TWO – Increase speed to medium and mix for seven minutes. Yep that’s it – let it mix, grab yourself a cup of coffee and what it transform into this amazingly delicious cookie dough.

STEP THREE – Add in chocolate chips by hand, mixing only until combined, being gentle when mixing.

STEP FOUR – Using a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop onto baking sheets, 12 to a sheet. 

STEP FIVE – Bake in 350F oven for 10-12 minutes until edges are just light golden brown, being careful not to over bake.

STEP SIX – Remove from oven and cool at least five minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. They will be quite fragile when they first come out of the oven, so don’t transfer them over too quickly.

Variations for easy whipped chocolate chip shortbread cookies

Adding toffee bits or butterscotch to my 4 ingredient whipped chocolate chip shortbread cookies is a good idea as goes well with shortbreads. You would be making a whipped chocolate chip butterscotch cookie. So good!

Mint chocolate chip shortbread cookies is another great shortbread holiday cookie to try.

Salted chocolate chunk shortbread cookies are amazing with the sweet salty flavor combination.

Whipped chocolate chip cookies with cocoa powder is another whipped shortbread cookie to try.

Sandra’s top tips for making the best chocolate chip shortbread cookies

  • Butter at room temperature is important for baking shortbread cookies
  • Recommend only using all purpose flour for this recipe
  • Good quality butter is also important for the flavor of delicious shortbread cookies.
  • The key to getting the perfect shortbread whipped texture is mixing them for the full 7 minutes by setting a timer
  • Know your oven, watch carefully when the finished baking time is close and remove them when the edges are a light golden brown
  • It is very important that you leave them on the cookie baking sheet for 5 minutes after baking before moving to cooling rack
  • Remove the cookies carefully as they are a delicate shortbread cookies until cooled

Why are my shortbread cookies crumbling?

Shortbread cookies are supposed to be buttery and melt in your mouth crumbly, but there can be several reasons why your shortbread cookies can turn out too crumby.

Good quality butter is important to use because it helps to create structure to the shortbread cookies versus using fats like oils.

Also if you have used too much flour the ingredients can be too dry causing the shortbread cookies to also crumble too much.

It is important to measure the flour by scooping with a spoon into the measuring cup and level off with a knife for proper measurement.

Storage and freezing instructions for chocolate chip shortbread cookies

Storage for shortbread

Storing this recipe for chocolate chip shortbread is best in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days or in the fridge for 7 days.

Can you freeze shortbread cookies?

Yes you can! Freeze using a freezer-safe container with shortbread cookie layers separated using parchment paper, for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature before serving.

Yes you can! Place the unbaked shortbread cookie balls on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Place the baking sheets in the freezer and flash freeze until they are frozen through.

Using a freezer-safe container with parchment paper lined between the layers of cookies and freeze for 2 to 3 months.

Add a couple of minutes to the baking time and bake when ready.

You might also enjoy these holiday cookies

Cherry Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Grandmas Best Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Christmas Bites

Melt In Your Mouth Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

Shortbread Fruitcake Cookies

Sandie Cookies Chocolate Dipped

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Whipped Chocolate Chip Shortbread


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup chocolate chips


Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, (or bowl from stand mixer) on low-speed blend butter, all-purpose flour and powdered sugar for 1 minute. 

  2. Increase speed to medium and mix for seven minutes. Yep that’s it – let it mix, grab yourself a cup of coffee and what it transform into this amazingly delicious cookie dough.

  3. Add in chocolate chips by hand, mixing only until combined, being gentle when mixing.

  4. Using a cookie scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop onto baking sheets, 12 to a sheet. 

  5. Bake in 350°F oven for 10-12 minutes until edges are just light golden brown, being careful not to over bake.
  6. Remove from oven and cool at least five minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack. They will be quite fragile when they first come out of the oven, so don’t transfer them over too quickly. Enjoy!

Notes

Storing this recipe for chocolate chip shortbread is best in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days or in the fridge for 7 days.

Freeze using a freezer-safe container with shortbread cookie layers separated using parchment paper, for 2 to 3 months.

Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature before serving.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: whipped chocolate chip shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies

6 Comments

  1. had few ingredients on hand and had all I needed for these. worked well for a shortbread cookie

  2. Fabulous..and so easy. Made them for a cookie swap… never even made it out the door. Good thing they don’t take long to make!

  3. I made this but changed the ch. chips for dried cherries from Trader Joe’s and it is fabulous I’ve been giving them with my other Christmas cookies, they are a huge hit

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