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Sourdough Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

These Sourdough Chocolate Shortbread Cookies use sourdough discard to create a rich chocolate cookie that crumbles and melts in your mouth. I add a little espresso powder and dark chocolate for a decadent cookie that’s incredibly easy to make.

If you love shortbread cookies as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Kamut Flour Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Almond Shortbread Cookies, or my Chocolate Malt Sprinkle Cookies.

sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies
sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Best Texture: You will love these Sourdough Chocolate Shortbread Cookies because they have the absolute best crumb. Their texture is a dense crumb that melts in your mouth as soon as you bite in, giving you all that buttery goodness that shortbreads hold.

Chocolate AF: These shortbreads are rich, chocolatey, with a hint of espresso powder. The espresso powder really brings out the chocolate. I top these with even more dark chocolate dips or drizzles, whichever you prefer. Or you can even do a mixture of both, like I did. These are surely a cookie for the chocolate lover!

More Flavor: I use sourdough discard to give them a little more depth of flavor that just makes you wonder what that little extra something is. I top these cookies with a dusting of cane sugar when they come out of the oven. And then I dip or drizzle these cookies with a little bit of dark chocolate, but this part is totally optional!

This is another collab with my friend Hannah at Make It Dough! We come together each month to create a sourdough recipe together and it's so fun!

sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies

Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Anthony's Organic Espresso Powder

Organic Sourdough Discard

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Nuts.com Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no butter chunks.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, discard, and espresso powder. Mix on low until a stiff dough forms.

Step 2

On a large piece of plastic wrap, turn out dough and form into a log that is about 14-inches long. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove the dough from the fridge and cut the cookies into 28 cookies that are about ¼-inch thick. Place on the prepared baking sheets.

Step 4

Bake for 24 to 26 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and bottom. Sprinkle with cane sugar immediately after coming out of the oven. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude instructions).

Step 5

Using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate. Half dip the cookies or drizzle chocolate on top.

sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies

FAQ's

What if I don't have sourdough discard?

If you don't have sourdough discard, don't worry, you can still make this recipe! Just mix together 1 part water and 1 part all purpose flour to replace the sourdough discard. So, for this recipe, you can use 21 grams water and 21 grams all purpose flour. You won't get the flavor of sourdough, but these will still be delicious chocolate cookies!

Can I use another kind of chocolate for the topping?

Yes! If you'd like to use milk chocolate or white chocolate, both of these would be delicious!

How do you store shortbread cookies?

Shortbread cookies are buttery, crisp, and sweet, so they are best stored in a cool dry place. This usually just means out in the open air, so in an old fashioned cookie jar (not airtight) or just on a platter on your counter. Don't store them in an airtight container as they can become soggy. But, if you live in a very humid climate, they may become soft sitting out, so the fridge could be your best option.

sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies

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sourdough chocolate shortbread cookies

Sourdough Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Mimi Council
These Sourdough Chocolate Shortbread Cookies use sourdough discard, have a rich chocolate flavor, and a delicious buttery crumb.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Chill Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 39 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 28 cookies
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

Topping

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no butter chunks.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, discard, and espresso powder. Mix on low until a stiff dough forms.
  • On a large piece of plastic wrap, turn out dough and form into a log that is about 14-inches long. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and cut the cookies into 28 cookies that are about ¼-inch thick. Place on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 24 to 26 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and bottom. Sprinkle with cane sugar immediately after coming out of the oven. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.
  • Using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate. Half dip the cookies or drizzle chocolate on top.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 22 to 24 minutes, until set and dry.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal
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