Once upon a time there were two shortbreads.  Both were very delicious but each claimed to be the MOST tasty and demanded a judge to taste them both and decide who was indeed the best tasting cookie.  So the judge tasted one flavor and then the other…but could not make up her mind…so she tasted both again and then again.  Then she called in her family and friends to taste the decadent cookies and help her make her decision!  FINALLY she realized that she loved both shortbreads equally and turned to give them her results, but alas…the plates were empty as both batches of shortbread had been eaten up!

So I had never made a shortbread cookie until today…and today I made 2 delicious varieties!  I have been craving baking and was wanting to make something new and unique and thought I would try this out!  I made 2 separate half batches of shortbread cookies, one was a chocolate chip shortbread cookie, and the other was an orange, cardamom chocolate chip shortbread cookie!  Both were VERY easy to make and really really yummy!  I think dipping both of them in chocolate also helped to improve the fabulous flavor!  The Orange Cardamom variety would be especially fun for the Thanksgiving and Christmas as it has a spicy and warm flavor…and basically tastes like the Holidays!

The Recipe below is for 1 full batch.  I divided the dough in two and added the cardamom and orange zest to half.  The full recipe makes two logs of about 12-14 cookies each.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbls of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3 Tbls of Whipping Cream
  • 3/4 cup Mini Chocolate chips
Orange Cardamom Flavor
  • All of the above ingredients
  • 1/4 tsp of Cardamom powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Orange zest

First step is to prep your dry ingredients.  Just mix together in a bowl your flour, salt, baking powder and powdered sugar.  Also add your cardamom to this mix if you are making that variety.  Cardamom is one of the spices used to make Chai tea and is a really warm and spicy flavor!  It goes very well with the orange!

The next step is to mix your wet ingredients together in your mixing bowl and then to add slowly add your dry ingredients to the Wet and incorporate together.  Add in the Chocolate Chips and Orange Zest Lastly, if you are using them.

Your finished dough should look somewhat like this!  This batch of dough was really pretty with the flecks of orange zest and chocolate chips!  And it smelled really festive too!

Now take your dough and roll it up on a piece of wax paper into the shape of a log. and then roll it up in the paper as I have shown below.

After you have wrapped up your dough…put it into the freezer for 30 minutes so that it will be firm enough for easy slicing!  This will help you get nice round little discs!  Cut it into however big of cookies you want!  I did about 1/3 inch slices.

Now lay the slices out on your baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until starting to get golden brown around the edges.

Cool your finished beauties on a rack and feel free to enjoy them as is!  They are buttery and delicate and delicious just like this!   OR…you could take it just one step further…into heaven!

As the name of this blog is Chocolate Covered Everything, I do indeed need to maintain my integrity and cover things in chocolate from time to time.  This seemed like a perfectly delicious opportunity to do just that!

I just dipped them in the chocolate and then let the chocolate firm up on the foil.  The result was in fact a beautiful and very tasty treat that would be a perfect choice for any dessert table!  They are a very rich and decadent cookie when dipped in the chocolate.

I was going to take some pretty pictures of these being served on little plates…but alas the tale of two shortbreads is partially true…and they all got eaten up before I could take any pictures!

Happy Thanksgiving Week everybody and Happy Shortbreading!