Lemon Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes

Lemon juice adds bright, fresh flavor to these decadent buttery lemon shortbread cookies. The salted chocolate drizzle takes each bite to the next level.

Lemon Shortbread with Salted Chocolate Drizzle - The Lemon Bowl

There 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 Bowl
Lemon Shortbread Salted-Chocolate-Drizzle The-Lemon-Bowl

Don’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.

Lemon Shortbread w Salted Chocolate Drizzle - The Lemon Bowl

Lemon Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

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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.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 50 minutes
Servings30 cookies

Ingredients
 

Lemon Shortbread

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ½ cups all purpose flour

Salted Chocolate Drizzle

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a large baking sheet; set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time until mixture starts to form a ball.
  • 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.
  • Bake until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • 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.
  • Once shortbread is completely cooled, slice into strips using a sharp knife or a pizza wheel.
  • 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.
  • Let cool 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

Notes

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

Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 22.4gProtein: 1.9gFat: 25.5gSaturated Fat: 16.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.1gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 39mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 9.1g

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78 responses to “Lemon Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle”

  1. kathy Avatar
    kathy

    Can these be frozen prior to the chocolate drizzle? I would like to make for a party two weeks out. I’ve google that other shortbread recipes say yea, just concerned with the zest element. Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You could freeze these as well!

  2. Terri/LoveandConfections Avatar
    Terri/LoveandConfections

    This recipe sounds so good. I like most shortbread, but add salted chocolate drizzle and that sounds like its right up my alley.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t resist the chocolate. ;)

  3. leslie Avatar
    leslie

    Love these Liz!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Leslie! xo

  4. Cassie Avatar
    Cassie

    These are totally fabulous, Liz. I adore shortbread!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Cassie!! They were so freaking good. Hope you’re doing well!

  5. Allison | Lighten Up! Avatar
    Allison | Lighten Up!

    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!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You are so sweet – thank you so much! No I have not made these with coconut oil. If you try please let me know!

  6. ashley - baker by nature Avatar
    ashley – baker by nature

    I am so in love with this recipe, Liz! And that salted chocolate drizzle… come to mama!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks lady!!! I couldn’t resist!

  7. Meg Avatar
    Meg

    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!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      YES! I am all about easy. ;)

  8. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic Avatar
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    This sounds absolutely delicious! Especially with the sea salt and drizzle of chocolate. Yum!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Heck yes! Sea salt for the win!

  9. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm Avatar
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Ohhhhhh yes please I LOVE shortbread and you added LEMON! Love it! Pinning for later!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I had to add the lemon!

  10. Ali | Gimme Some Oven Avatar
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Wow, wow, WOW! These are gorgeous!!

    And of course, love that lemon! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Ali!! Wish I could share with you! And trade for sangria.

  11. julia Avatar
    julia

    Lemon is the way to my heart–I just love that you did a shortbread and then you added a salted chocolate drizzle! So yummy! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t help myself!

  12. Kristen Avatar
    Kristen

    What a sweet little treat

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      These were so freaking good. Why is butter so good?

  13. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg Avatar
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    Dense, buttery shortbread is fabulous as it is. The addition of lemon makes it out of this world fabulous.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Dense and buttery = exactly!

  14. Olena@iFOODreal Avatar
    Olena@iFOODreal

    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.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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.

  15. Audra | The Baker Chick Avatar
    Audra | The Baker Chick

    I love when Lemon Bowl gets all desserty- these sound amazing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aren’t you proud of me?!

  16. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet Avatar
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I love shortbread! Especially drizzled with chocolate!
    What a fabulous surprise for Stephanie!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Anna! So honored to participate!

  17. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out Avatar
    Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

    Any recipe that uses 1 lb of butter makes my world a little bit brighter. Thank you so much for joining us and making this shower even more amazing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha exactly!!!! Thanks for having me and thanks for hosting!!

  18. Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} Avatar
    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats}

    Shortbread is one of my favoriiites! Love this combo of flavors!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks doll face!

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