Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread

Jennifer, Bake or Break

Shortbread is one of my favorite things to bake. It comes together so easily and quickly. Plus, it’s so adaptable to your tastes that the possibilities are virtually endless.

These particular shortbread cookies feature a popular pair – chocolate and hazelnut. The cookies themselves have a delicate taste. But, topping them off with some chocolate transforms them into something a bit bolder.

Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread

By Jennifer
Makes 4 dozen cookies


3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup skinned toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
4 ounces (2/3 cup) semisweet chocolate


Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla. Gradually add flour and salt, and mix just until combined. Stir in hazelnuts.

Form dough into disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Roll out dough into a disc about 1/4-inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut out cookies into 1×2-inch bars. Carefully transfer cut cookies onto prepared pans.

Bake, one pan at a time, for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on pans for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave at half power in 30-second increments until chocolate melts when stirred. Dip cookies partially into chocolate or drizzle chocolate over cookies. Allow chocolate to set completely, refrigerating cookies if necessary.

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  1. Lou said:

    Can you use any other nuts like almond if you do not have hazelnut

    • realbutter said:

      Yes, you can use other nuts.