Lemon Shortbread with Salted Chocolate Drizzle

Lemon juice adds bright, fresh flavor to these decadent buttery shortbread cookies. The salted chocolate drizzle takes each bite to the next level.
Lemon Shortbread with Salted Chocolate Drizzle - The Lemon BowlThere is something so pure and magical about shortbread cookies. Buttery, dense, slightly nutty and just the right amount of salt – they are perfect for dipping into coffee. They also happen to be my mother’s favorite cookie which is why I loved making these recently.

Stand mixer with butter - The Lemon BowlOf course, you know that if I’m cooking with four sticks of butter we must be celebrating a special occasion. In fact, today we are throwing a SURPRISE Virtual Baby Shower for my dear friend Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough hosted by Stephie, Taylor and Stef. (Confused by all the Steph names yet?)

baby shower graphic

Stephanie and I met in person last year at Camp Blogaway in the mountains of Southern California. She is not only gorgeous and extremely sweet but she is ridiculously talented. In fact, if you love to bake or wish to become a better baker, I highly suggest bookmarking her Baker’s Dozen: Tips & Tricks for Baking.

Lemon Shortbread w Salted Chocolate Drizzle - The Lemon BowlDon’t worry, this recipe is 100% fool-proof. Let’s be real, if I’m baking you can be sure it’s an easy recipe. Traditional shortbread is always a hit but I couldn’t resist adding a bit of bright flavor from fresh lemon zest. And since I don’t believe in desserts made without chocolate, I had to add a little chocolate and sea salt drizzle on top. You can thank me later.

No forks required this time.

Congratulations Stephanie! Motherhood is the best and I can’t wait to see your beautiful baby girl!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Lemon Shortbread with Salted Chocolate Drizzle (Surprise Baby Shower for Steph Wise!)
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Lemon juice adds bright, fresh flavor to these decadent buttery shortbread cookies. The salted chocolate drizzle takes each bite to the next level.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30
Lemon Shortbread
  • 2 cups unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4½ cups all purpose flour
Salted Chocolate Drizzle
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • kosher salt for sprinkling
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking sheet; set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour ½ cup at a time until mixture starts to form a ball.
  4. Remove dough from the mixer and gently press into prepared baking sheet. Use your fingers to gently spread the dough throughout most of the pan leaving it about 1 inch thick.
  5. Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  6. While shortbread is cooling, place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat until melted, 2-3 minutes, stirring every 45 seconds.
  7. Once shortbread is completely cooled, slice into strips using a sharp knife or a pizza wheel.
  8. Place shortbread on a large piece of parchment paper and slowly drizzle the melted chocolate on top using a large spoon. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.
  9. Let cool 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.
Recipe very slightly adapted from Land O'Lakes.

The chocolate drizzle can be prepared on a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave. I've done it both ways and get the same result each time. The key is to check on the chocolate regularly to avoid burning.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 cookies Calories: 326 Fat: 25.5 g Saturated fat: 16.4 g Unsaturated fat: 9.1 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 22.4 g Sugar: 9.1 g Sodium: 39 mg Fiber: .5 g Protein: 1.9 g Cholesterol: 64 mg

Want more delicious party foods? Check out all of these incredible recipes created for today’s shower!

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Super Chewy M&M Blondies from The Realistic Nutritionist

Strawberry Cinnamon Twist Knots from A Kitchen Addiction

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream from A Zesty Bite

Blackberry and Mango Curd Pie from Joanne Eats Well With Others

Pecan Sticky Buns from Warm Vanilla Sugar

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins from Garnish with Lemon

Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Susie Freaking Homemaker

Super Simple Sugar Cookies from Espresso and Cream

Raspberry Acai Frozen Margarita from Nutmeg Nanny

Berry Coconut Frozen Yogurt from The Law Student’s Wife

Pretty in Pink Buttercream Cups from Keep it Sweet Desserts

Broccoli Salad with Honey Toasted Walnuts from The Roasted Root

Neapolitan Baked Doughnuts from Climbing Grier Mountain

Giant Pink M&M and Raisinette Cookies from Steph’s Bite by Bite

No-Bake Rhubarb Cheesecake Parfait Cups from Hungry Girl Por Vida

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp from A Cedar Spoon

Freckled Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade from Take a Megabite

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  1. says

    I’m totally going to hover around your shortbread and take sneaky bites while no one’s looking 😉 LOVE the chocolate drizzle. So happy to be joining you and the other girls for Steph’s baby shower today! xoxo

  2. says

    Why oh why is this shower not happening in real life so I can a) devour the entire batch of these shortbread cookies (OK OK, I’ll share… like two of them) and b) give you a big ol’ bear hug? Thank you SO much for this sweet surprise, friend!

  3. says

    Special occasions call for ALL THE BUTTER. And this is definitely a special occasion! Love this buttery shortbread bars with the fresh lemony twist!!

  4. says

    I agree — shortbread is pure magic. There’s nothing like a really good shortbread cookie, all buttery and dense. Adding lemon and chocolate really takes the cake for me! Happy shower to day to Stephanie — I <3 her!

  5. says

    I am drooling over here Liz! These shortbread cookies looks SOOOO yummy! I love seeing all these posts around the web for Stephanie’s baby-I just recently started following her blog and love it! I of course looooove that you’ve added lemon, what a creative idea, can’t wait to try making these little beauties!

  6. Marlene says

    What are the measurements of your large baking sheet, Liz? 10 x 15 or 11 x 17? Assume you mean the type of pan you use for cake rolls, with sides? Thanks!

  7. says

    Lemon shortbread so up with the blog’s name.:) Looks incredible, Liz! Super mom – bakes shortbread, works out and runs after 2 kids. Any secret? I can barely keep up with my life doing Insanity.

    • says

      You’re so sweet- thank you! I don’t run but I do workout almost every day. I’m admittedly addicted. It gives me tons of energy which I need with the late night feedings and early mornings with the toddler. Do what you love. For me, it’s workout classes like kickboxing and spin and zumba. If you love it, you’ll keep doing it.

  8. says

    My mouth is watering — these look so fantastic! You really can’t go wrong with that pinch of salty on something sweet. Love the idea of just being able to bake these on a big sheet and cut them out later, too . . . awesome. Definitely going to make these! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. says

    Hi Liz! Your blog is one of my favorites for new recipe ideas! These looks SO deliciously decadent. I’m wondering if you’ve ever tried to make them with half butter and half coconut oil? I just started baking with coconut oil but haven’t tried shortbread cookies yet. Just a thought!


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