Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

Remember back in the day when the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe became infamous because it was falsely stated that a woman who asked for it was charged $250?

But that was before the internet and the newest cookie rage went viral almost immediately. It’s a chocolate chunk shortbread created by Alison Roman in her new book Dining In.

Praise from The New York Times, Bon Appetit, the Today Show and Bobby Flay sent the cookie into the stratosphere where it was photographed thousands of time on social media sites.

So I made them. They’re really good. The shortbread is extra buttery, the dark chocolate isn’t too sweet, the rim of Demerara sugar adds extra crunch and the sprinkling of sea salt on top seals the sweet/salty perfection. It’s also a happy fact that they’re icebox cookies and you can freeze half the dough to bring out any time you have a cookie addiction attack.

I don’t feel bad sharing the recipe here. It’s all over the internet.

 Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread (Alison Roman, Dining In)

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2¼ sticks) cold salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup (packed) light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped (but not too fine, you want chunks, not thin shards of chocolate)

1 large egg, beaten to blend

Demerara sugar (for rolling)

Flaky sea salt

Using an electric mixer and a medium bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until super light and fluffy, 3–5 minutes.

Using a spatula, scrape down sides of bowl. With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, followed by chocolate chunks, and beat just to blend.

Divide dough in half, then place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic over to cover dough and protect your hands from getting all sticky. Using your hands (just like you’re playing with clay), form dough into a log shape; rolling it on the counter will help you smooth it out, but don’t worry about getting it totally perfect. Each half should form logs that are 2–2¼” in diameter. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet (two, if you’ve got ’em) with parchment paper. Brush outside of logs with egg wash. Roll logs in demerara sugar (this is for those really delicious crispy edges).

Slice each log into ½”-thick rounds. Arrange on prepared baking sheet about 1″ apart (they won’t spread much). Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake cookies until edges are just beginning to brown, 12–15 minutes. Let cool slightly before eating them all.

Do Ahead: Cookie dough can be made 1 week ahead. Tightly wrap in plastic and chill, or freeze up to 1 month. Cookies can be baked 5 days ahead. Store in plastic wrap or an airtight container.

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