Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies


Soft yet crisp and filled with peanut buttery goodness, these shortbread cookies are dipped and drizzled into chocolate to create an epic Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookie. I dare you to eat just one.

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Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

Did those chocolate striped shortbread cookies that you can buy in the store come to mind? Well, they’ve received a major flavor upgrade. I took a classic buttery shortbread dough, added in peanut butter, and what to my wondering eyes should appear… Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies! I don’t think I’ll be buying the store-bought version again.

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As you probably know, the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorites. I know that many of you love it too, so I couldn’t be more excited to bring this recipe to you today.

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I’ve been very busy this year with my holiday cooking and baking. As I near the finish line of all the sweets I wanted to bake, I realized I didn’t have a peanut butter cookie in the mix.

As much as I love the classic peanut butter blossom-style cookies, I wanted something a bit different this year and these were the perfect substitution. In fact, I may even love them more than peanut butter blossom cookies.

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One thing I want to mention before we get into the recipe is that rolling out and cutting a shortbread-style dough can be fussy. It may want to crumble and crack and the more you work with it, the trickier it can be.

If you’re in a hurry and running short on patience, I’d save this recipe for another day. I’ve worked with shortbread cookies before so I didn’t have any major struggles and the process was pretty smooth. (I mention this for any new bakers out there.)

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Now, who’s ready to make these Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies? Let’s get into it!

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How to Make Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies:

In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) beat the butter and peanut butter at medium-high speed for about 1-2 minutes. Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix for another 3 minutes to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add about half of this mixture to your butter mixture and mix to combine. Add in the remaining flour and beat on medium until the dough comes together.

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Divide the dough into four portions. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly flour your work surface. Roll one portion of the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use two circle cookie cutters or a 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter to cut out the circles. Place 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Reroll scraps as needed.

(You can find the circle cookie cutters I used HERE and the star cookie cutters I used HERE.)

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Bake for 14-15 minutes or until just barely golden brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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In the meantime, melt the chocolate and shortening in a double boiler. (A medium saucepan with about an inch of water topped with a heatproof bowl.) Melt and stir until smooth, then remove from the heat.

Line your work surface with wax paper. Dip the bottoms of the cookies into the melted chocolate and place them on the wax paper. Add the remaining chocolate to a piping bag (or plastic baggie) and drizzle the tops of the cookies with stripes of chocolate. Let stand until the chocolate is set.

Pack and store in an airtight container.

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These Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies are just a slice of heaven. As I mentioned above, I love chocolate and peanut butter together, so these are an instant winner for me.

And while I made these for Christmas, you can certainly make them any time of the year. I know you’re going to love them.

Speaking of Christmas cookies, If you’re looking for more tasty and festive recipes, I’ve shared more than 26 of my favorites right HERE.

Happy Holiday Baking!!

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Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookie, peanut butter, shortbread
Servings: 40
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling Time: 1 hr
Soft yet crisp and filled with peanut buttery goodness, these shortbread cookies are dipped and drizzled into chocolate to create an epic Chocolate Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookie. I dare you to eat just one.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) beat the butter and peanut butter at medium-high speed for about 1-2 minutes. Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix for another 3 minutes to combine.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add about half of this mixture to your butter mixture and mix to combine. Add in the remaining flour and beat on medium until the dough comes together.
  • Divide the dough into four portions. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly flour your work surface. Roll one portion of the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use two circle cookie cutters* or a 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter to cut out the circles. Place 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Reroll scraps as needed.
  • Bake for 14-15 minutes or until just barely golden brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • In the meantime, melt the chocolate and shortening in a double boiler. (A medium saucepan with about an inch of water topped with a heatproof bowl.) Melt and stir until smooth, then remove from the heat.
  • Line your work surface with wax paper. Dip the bottoms of the cookies into the melted chocolate and place them on the wax paper. Add the remaining chocolate to a piping bag (or plastic baggie) and drizzle the tops of the cookies with stripes of chocolate. Let stand until the chocolate is set.
  • Pack and store in an airtight container.

Notes

*You can find the circle cookie cutters I used HERE and the star cookie cutters I used HERE.
For the circles, I used the 2 1/2-inch diameter cutter and the 3/4-inch cutter.
For the stars, I used the largest cutter and the smallest cutter.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 52mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 142IUCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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  • Martha at

    This might be my family’s new favorite Christmas cookie. So good!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Martha. My family loved them too!!

      xo Michael

  • Kareen at

    Can’t wait to make these! Thank you Michael!

  • tom at

    wow , this looks so delicious and yummy chocolate striped peanut butter shortbread cookies. i just love these. i must try these cookies. thanks for sharing this amazing article and recipe of chocolate striped peanut butter shortbread cookies,

  • Maria at

    These look so good!!

  • Susan Schonauer at

    Michael,
    I have found YOU as the BEST source hands down for Christmas cookies! I grew up in Pittsburgh (and I feel like I might know where you home is) and my mom and her friends would make 1.000 cookies to swap and gift to everyone from the mailman to the teachers at our school. Now trying to organize a cookie exchange is not easy as no one bakes anymore. So that makes me very popular! And your recipes are the best. Thank you!

  • Emma at

    The majority of my family lists peanut butter cookies as their favorite, so I was excited to see this recipe. I tried it this afternoon and these are a hit! I’m making another batch tomorrow for our neighbors and then another batch for Christmas Eve for the extended family. Thank you, Michael!

    Oh – I am also going to try your adjustments for puppy chow as well. A close friend introduced me to it a few years ago and I sometimes had the same experience with chocolate that you mentioned.

  • krunkerio at

    Great recipe! The cakes look so beautiful. But I bet it’s not easy to do. However, I will still try it. Thanks.

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