Chocolate Chip Shortbread

by Cate Brickell

This is a guest post by Cate Brickell from Life Behind a Purple Door

Shortbread is the easiest of all the Christmas cookies to make. In fact, it’s so simple that this is the year that I’m going to throw the kids in the kitchen and let them have at it.

I recently discovered that there’s a major difference in American recipes for shortbread, versus traditional English or Scottish recipes – rice flour. And after testing several recipes over the last few weeks, I prefer my shortbread with the subtle crunch of rice flour.

The addition of chocolate chips gives this shortbread a small punch of chocolate flavour without overpowering the subtle flavours of the traditional recipe (if you love the punch of chocolate, you can find chocolate shortbread over on my blog).


Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Shortbread is the easiest of all the Christmas cookies to make. In fact, it’s so simple that this is the year that I’m going to throw the kids in the kitchen and let them have at it.

  • Author: Katrina - The Organised Housewife


  • 250g butter, softened
  • ½ cup icing (confectioners) sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  1. Place flours in bowl and whisk together to combine
  2. Place butter in separate bowl, add sugar, and mix until pale and fluffy
  3. Add flour mix and choc chips, stir until a ball forms
  4. Roll out dough between two sheets of baking (parchment) paper
  5. Place dough on tray, and freeze 30 minutes
  6. Cut into desired size, and bake 180°C (my small pieces baked for 14min)

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Cate is the baker behind the purple door. A blogger with over ten years of posts, Cate loves Christmas and baking, and sometimes crafting with her kids. Sharing her parenting stories of life with toddlers and teens and in-betweens, Cate loves Pinterest and Facebook best.

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Kate September 8, 2018 - 9:28 PM

This sounds delicious. Have you tried leaving this in the freezer for longer than 30 minutes so you could easily bake fresh another day?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 11, 2018 - 8:38 AM

I haven’t tried it but if you do then let me know!

Brittany August 26, 2019 - 11:04 AM

This recipe has been a big hit with my work colleagues; I used milk baking chocolate chopped into generous chunks and made a double and then a quadruple batch, and every time it has turned out just so beautifully! I used to try to make shortbread, and every time it was gooey and tasteless, but this is truly divine!
Since I’ve been doing multiple batches at once, I’ve been dividing the dough up into equal pieces, rolling out between separate pieces of baking paper, and then stacking the flat rounds on top of each other in the freezer. I baked them a round at a time, leaving the others in the freezer, and despite the additional freezing time, each tray baked precisely the same, so hopefully that answers Kate’s question, at least in the short-term context 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 27, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Brittany thanks so much for this feedback! Very happy to hear that you and your colleagues love these chocolate chips shortbread too. Kat x

[email protected] August 26, 2019 - 1:28 PM

So glad this has been a hit with your workmates!

Freezing the dough for longer (up to 6 months is usually the recommended time) shouldn’t be an issue, just be careful to place in an airtight container, raw doughs can take on any smells that your freezer might have (I’ve still got lemons and oranges in mine from last summer, everything has a slight lemon tang to it 🙂 )

Roslyn Boulton October 31, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Hi the batter seemed more like a cake batter rather than a biscuit dough is this normal?

Cate October 31, 2020 - 2:45 PM

No, it shouldn’t be like a cake batter. Was your butter too soft (or melted)? I can’t think of what else might have caused it

Jennifer Brown January 6, 2021 - 9:04 PM

Perfect crunch I will be making again with butterscotch pieces 🙂

Cate January 6, 2021 - 9:06 PM

That’s awesome news, and butterscotch sounds fabulous!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 8, 2021 - 3:41 PM

Ooh butterscotch pieces sounds delicious!


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