If you’re anything like me then you’re a huge choco-holic. Sometimes, we need that chocolate fix without it being too difficult. These are exactly what you need for those times – chocolate chunk shortbread! These are so quick to make, and the dough is freezable meaning that if you always keep a stash in the freezer, you’ll always have crumbly, choco-shortbread on hand. And they are ludicrously easy to make.
Equipment you will need…
1 x baking tray or baking sheet
1x sheet of grease proof paper
1x roll of cling film
1x an oven, heated to 180 degrees, or 160 degrees fan.
Ingredients you will need…
200g of plain flour
180g of unsalted butter
85g of caster sugar
100g of chocolate chips
2 tbsps of good quality cocoa
1 pinch of salt
- If you like, grate a little bit of orange zest into these to create chocolate orange cookies.
What you need to do…
- Soften the butter for around 10-20 seconds in the microwave. It should be soft but not melted. Combine this with the sugar in a large mixing bowl, by hand, until they are creamed together in a thick, yellow paste.
- Sieve the flour into the bowl, along with the cocoa powder, making sure to get every lump out. Then add the chocolate chips and the salt. If adding orange, add this here.
- Combine all ingredients together, at first with a spoon but then using your hands to bring the dough together. Try not to over-handle it, as we want it as short as possible.
- Wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill for 1 hour, but preferably as long as you can. (Up to about 1 day.)
- Roll chilled dough out onto a floured surface and cut it into the shapes you desire. This recipe usually makes around 12. Leave a 2-3cm gap between biscuits on the tray, as they do have a tendency to spread a little in the oven.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Once removed from oven, leave to cool and harden on the tray for around 15 minutes before transferring them to a cooling wire to cool fully.
- Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or a hot chocolate!
These are perfect little cookies to whip up and enjoy, with company or alone as a cheeky chocolate fix. These are so yummy, and if you dip them in melted chocolate, they’re even yummier! As I said before, the dough is freezable, and can last for around 6 months frozen. These would be a great gift – just like the mince pie recipe – when visiting someone or great to bring out if Grandma is coming over for a cuppa.