The cookies that “broke the Internet.”
These salted shortbread chocolate chunk cookies by Alison Roman took the Internet by storm last year.
I think I was one of the last people to make this recipe.
It certainly won’t be the last time I make this though!
What makes this recipe so special?
I personally think it’s because of the combination of the loads of butter and salty/sweet.
The shortbread base is so different than any other cookie out there.
What does it taste like?
It’s like a crunchy shortbread.
What is the consistency of the dough?
It’s thick because it’s a shortbread, essentially.
Do I seriously have to use that much butter?
Yes, it’s not a typo.
If you’ve ever made shortbread, you’d know how much butter is involved with shortbread!
Do I have to use salted butter? I only have unsalted.
If you don’t have salted butter, that’s okay but in this case, baking with salted butter would be best for this shortbread recipe.
If you only have unsalted, add in 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt.
Specifically Diamond Kosher salt and not table salt.
Do I have to brush it with an egg?
Yes! It is what helps the browning on the edges but most importantly gets the sparkling sugar to stick to the dough.
What if I don’t have sparkling sugar to roll the dough in?
You could do sprinkles! But the sparkling sugar really does give it that extra sugary crunch.
Do I have to chill it for at least two hours?
Yes, it’s very important.
It helps the flavor develop but it also hardens the dough enough so you can slice and bake them.
They don’t spread much!
Nope, they don’t.
The shape you slice them and place them on the tray is basically how they will be when finished baking.
Can I add in any other topping?
I would stick to the recipe.
After all, this is for a chocolate chip cookie!
Do I have to sprinkle flaky salt on top?
No one is saying you *have* to do anything but it will elevate this cookie and Maldon sea salt on top is always a good idea!
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes! It’s encouraged actually since you have to chill it for at least two hours.
You can keep it chilled for several days, too.
I made the dough on the weekend and then sliced and baked later that week.
Can these be frozen?
Yes! Just defrost it in the fridge.
Other cookie recipes that you may want to bake up:
- Chewy Chai Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Peanut Butter Overload Cookies
- Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Cookies
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Seriously, go grab that glass of milk and all the ingredients and bake these up!
They are SO good and a different kind of cookie that will have you hooked!
Salted Shortbread Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) cold salted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 ounces dark chocolate chopped (you want chunks)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Sparkling sugar, for rolling
- Flaky sea salt, for topping (like Maldon's sea salt)
- In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (alternatively you can also use a mixing bowl with an electric mixer), beat butter, sugars, and vanilla on medium-high until super light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. With the mixer on low, carefully add the flour then the chocolate chunks. Beat just enough to blend.
- Divide dough in half then place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic over to cover dough and to prevent your hands from getting all sticky. Using your hands, form dough into a log shape. Each half should form logs that are 2–2 1/4" in diameter. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- Unroll the logs of dough then brush them with the egg on all sides. Sprinkle and coat the logs in sparkling sugar and gently pat them to get them to stick. It's okay if it's not totally coated.
- Slice each log about 1/2"-thick rounds. Place on prepared baking sheet about 1-inch apart. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are just beginning to brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.