Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread

Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread

Hi guys!

Anyone else baking up a storm this week!? I’m swear our tiny apartment has become a cookie factory over the past fews days…

THERE ARE JUST SO MANY COOKIES… EVERYWHERE! It’s awesome and delicious and just another reason why I LOVE this season.

In other – more urgent- news, will someone please come over here and take some of these dang cookies?!

I want need my jeans to fit again. Or at least my jeggings. I can’t be the girl who wore yoga pants to Christmas eve mass! That would just be shameful.

Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread

Buuuuut enough about my muffin top issues. Let’s concentrate on these cookies for a moment, eh?

They’re something special.

More specifically, they’re chocolate chunk clementine shortbread cookies (you can totally sub orange for clems if you can’t get your hands on them!), and me thinks they’re just absolutely gorgeous! I loved them in their original fresh-from-the-oven form, but I added a pretty little chocolate swirl because… well, because I thought yooooou might appreciate the extra dose of chocolate ;)

I’m always looking out for ya!

Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread

The cookies themselves are super buttery, laced with vanilla and clementine zest, and pack a little chocolate chunk action in every bite. The texture is on the crisp side – it is shortbread after all – but they’re not dry at all!

Pretty crunchy cookies = great gifts!

Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread

They’re also great with – or dunked in – your morning (afternoon… early evening… after dinner… etc) coffee or tea.

Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread

Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread – Baker by Nature

Makes 16 cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon orange or clementine zest

1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup confectioners sugar

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small chunks


Preheat oven to 300°F.

Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whisk together butter, vanilla, and confectioners sugar. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until dough resembles a coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps.

Gather the dough into a scraggly ball and transfer it to a clean, lightly floured surface. Knead dough until it just comes together, then break it in half and form each half into a 6-inch disk.

Roll out each disk (between 2 sheets of parchment) into a medium sized circle (about 10 inches). Remove top sheet of parchment paper and transfer the dough on the bottom sheet of parchment to a large baking sheet. With a fork prick the outline of 8 pieces on each circle, then place pan in the oven to bake.

Bake shortbread until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow shortbread to cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes, then carefully cut into the wedges outlined.

Transfer shortbread to a wrack to cool completely.

For the chocolate drizzle:

2 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon canola oil


Melt chocolate and oil in a small pan over medium heat. Once chocolate is completely melted, whisk well, then drizzle with a fork over cooled cookies.

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19 Responses to Chocolate Chunk Clementine Shortbread

  1. These are so cute! I think shortbread may be my favorite cookie of all time.

  2. Kate says:

    Ashley, these shortbread cookies are just adorable. I don’t have any co-workers to make me cookies. Can I please have some of yours?!

  3. Love that these look like little Christmas trees! I love the pairing of chocolate and orange and shortbread=butter=yum! These look super yum!

  4. Tieghan says:

    The combo of orange and cookies is a Christmas classic!! Love these and the fact that these have chocolate chunk is the the icing on the cake! :)

  5. I love shortbread, what a great holiday gift!

  6. Chocolate and orange is definitely a winning combo! And jeans are definitely overrated :)

  7. Oh these cookies are just perfect. I love the combo and would love to have some at breakfast ;)

  8. Joanne says:

    I’ll help you out with your skinny jeans when mine fit again :P but until then…bring on the cookie love!! I adore the chocolate/orange combo! These are fabulous.

  9. What a gorgeous shortbread for the holidays. I love the chocolate-clementine flavor! Creamy and citrusy perfection.

  10. I would love to take some extra cookies off your hands! Send them my way with a few extra of these shortbread to boot. Please and thank you… :)

  11. I love the flavors going on here. And they’re super pretty to boot!

  12. Shortbread is my absolute favorite cookie of all time! These look awesome!

  13. The flavor alone on these sound divine!
    I have to share this on the friday link round up for sure!

  14. I adore shortbread, and love the shape of yours and the chocolate chunks! I’m having the same concern with my jeans fitting this season…but it’s worth it :)

  15. Kathryn says:

    That chocolate + orange combo is just perfect isn’t it?

  16. Lol, I can completely relate! I would love to take some of these cookies off your hands – they look incredible!

  17. I wish I could come over and take some of these cookies off your hands! Yum!

  18. I love citrus in the winter, it’s a nice little burst of freshness. These look absolutely delicious!

  19. Cookies, cookies everywhere! I started proper Christmas baking today and it’s crazy! The kitchen smells like a bakery and it’s covered in sprinkles and chocolate chips, I love it!
    I’d adore to try your recipe too, it looks fabulous! x

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