I first made these rich and tender cookies as a teenager and now make them for my husband and our two sons. The smiles on their faces are well worth the time and effort. --Michele Fenner, Girard, Pennsylvania

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30 mins
10 mins
40 mins
24 servings


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour; mix well.

  • With lightly floured hands, shape tablespoonfuls into 2-in. logs. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes or until edges and bottom are lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks.

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over half of the cookies. Dip one end of remaining cookies into chocolate, then sprinkle with walnuts.

Nutrition Facts

189 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 17.4g; fat 13.3g; cholesterol 20.3mg; sodium 55.9mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (91)

Rating: 5 stars
They shortbread cookies were absolutely amazing! I bake all the time and have not made cookies that are so easy and taste this good in a while. Great recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved this recipe, they taste and look great! I didn't change a thing. I rolled the dough into little logs and then pressed them out on cookie sheet with a fork so they had a design. I let them cool and then dipped one end in chocolate and nuts, sprinkles and coconut. Thanks for the recipe, I will make these again for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I started making this recipe for Christmas and I have to say - it's amazing! The dough turns out very buttery and melts in your mouth! I didn't change a thing on the recipe for the actual cookie. However, I dripped them into melted white chocolate with pink food coloring for Valentine's Day - wow! I actually prefer the white chocolate taste to the semi-sweet. This recipe can be used so many different ways. My family has already requested these cookies two times since Christmas ... It's a great recipe and a huge hit at my house!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great seasonal cookies, were a big hit with a bake exchange Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are great. I made them some time ago and didn't realize I had gotten the recipe from on here. For the chocolate I used vegetable oil instead of shortening, until I got the desired dipping consistency. And, I had to microwave the chocolate for 1 minute stirring after 30 seconds. Once melted I made some walnut, almond, and plain chocolate and set them on parchment paper to harden. The cookies are buttery and practically melt in the mouth. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Followed the recipe, used the 'fork method' as one other reviewer suggested and they turned out awesome. Taste delicious! Hope my cookie exchange party goers will love them as well!! Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are really yummy, even without the chocolate in my opinion, though the chocolate definitely adds a nice touch. Definitely a tad time consuming, but I had fun making different shapes. The ingredients are things I always have on hand, so I'll definitely be keeping this recipe around! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these for Christmas this past year and everyone loved them! It was my first time making any cookie from scratch and it was an easy recipe to follow! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These cookies are phenomenal! They were the first ones eaten off the tray. No alterations needed. Read More