Toffee Shortbread Cookies

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Flavorful Toffee Shortbread Cookies showcase crisp sugared edges dipped or drizzled in chocolate. They’re the perfect holiday cookie!

For similar shortbread-style cookies, try these Thumbprint Cookies (raspberry-almond flavored), Coconut Thumbprint cookies, or my ultimate “plain” Shortbread Cookies!

Overhead image of the toffee shortbread cookies Toffee Shortbread Cookies

And we’re to the final day of Christmas cookie recipes! Today’s cookie: Toffee Shortbread Cookies! To me, any kind of shortbread cookie is a Christmas classic and these are perfect for the holiday season. This shortbread recipe is based on one of my favorite cookie recipes ever — from Alison Roman’s “Dining In” Cookbook. Her chocolate chip shortbread cookie went viral a while back and so of course I had to try it. I’ve yet to have a shortbread cookie I like as much and so this recipe is adapted from her cookie. It’s super buttery, flavorful, and stuffed to the brim with toffee! And a drizzle of chocolate over these cookies takes them to a whole new level.

Process shots: combining brown sugar with the cubed butter Process shots: adding the flour to the wet ingredients

How to make Toffee Shortbread Cookies:

  1. Cube COLD butter: Remove the butter straight from the fridge and cube it into small pieces. Cold butter is ideal when you want baked goods to be crispy (NOT chewy). When you use cold butter straight from the fridge, it never fully incorporates into the batter and instead is broken into tiny pieces throughout the dough. When you bake the dough, the steam released from the butter is going to create pockets in the baking which– will create flaky layers — exactly what you want with shortbread!
  2.  Beat in sugars: We’re adding mostly white sugar (crispier cookie) with a little brown sugar for a depth of flavor. Cream the two together with the butter!
  3.  Add other ingredients: Add in everything else except the flour: vanilla extract, almond extract (if desired), cornstarch, and salt for flavor balance.
  4.  Mix in flour: Mix in the flour until everything is *just* combined. You don’t want to overmix the flour in these cookies. Gently fold the chopped toffee into your dough.
  5. Gently shape the dough (avoid getting that butter too warm!) into two long cylinders. Each cylinder should be around 9 to 9.5 inches long. Wrap the cylinders tightly and chill for at least 2 hours and up to 1 week.
  6. Bake: Brush a beaten egg around the dough cylinders, roll in cane sugar (crispy, sugary edges!), and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Bake in a preheated oven.
  7. Add some chocolate: If desired, add a chocolate drizzle to the completely cooled Toffee Shortbread Cookies!

Chopped toffee candy for the cookie dough Mixing the toffee bits into the cookie dough Tips for making Toffee Shortbread Cookies:

  • Use high-quality butter: The main ingredient in shortbread cookies is butter, so use a good brand and avoid margarine or butter spread. 
  • Don’t skimp on the chilling time: Chilling shortbread cookies is vital to the texture and flavor of shortbread cookies; don’t rush this step!
  • Roll even “logs” of dough: The more even and uniform the logs of dough are, the better the final cookies will look.
  • Roll cookies in sugar before baking: This is one of the “secrets” to Alison Roman’s famous cookies! She brushes a beaten egg on the edges of the cookies and then rolls in sugar. This will give you a deliciously crispy edge. I highly recommend this method, but as a quicker alternative, you can quickly toss the cookie slices into regular granulated sugar (no egg or liquid needed).

Storage Tips:

  • Store cookie dough (tightly wrapped) for up to 1 week in the fridge.
  • To freeze: Cut chilled dough into rounds and freeze individual rounds on a sheet pan in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight bag and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Store baked cookies in an airtight container or in plastic wrap at room temperature.

Toffee Shortbread Cookie dough rolled into cylinders Coating the dough cylinders in sugar

And that’s a wrap for our Christmas Cookies series! While I still seem to make cookies just about every day in December, I’ve already begun photographing and wrapping up the final tests for some amazing (and HEALTHY!) recipes come January. I can’t wait to share with you what we’ve been making and hopefully we can all get a (delicious) detox from a few too many cookies. (I know I will need it!)

But, until then, I’m relishing every single Christmas tradition and cookie that comes with it. 🙂

I’d love to hear what cookies you’ve tried so far this holiday season! Which have been your favorites?

Obviously, I love chatting about cookies. They’re my favorite treats!

Overhead image of the toffee shortbread cookies on a plate Up close overhead image of the toffee shortbread cookies ready to be enjoyed

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Toffee Shortbread Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Flavorful Toffee Shortbread Cookies showcase crisp sugared edges dipped or drizzled in chocolate. They're the perfect holiday cookie!
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Toffee Shortbread Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Flavorful Toffee Shortbread Cookies showcase crisp sugared edges dipped or drizzled in chocolate. They're the perfect holiday cookie!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword toffee shortbread cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 40 shortbread cookies
Chelsea Lords
Calories 157kcal
Cost $9.80


  • 1 cup COLD unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract, optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2-1/4 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (or 5-6 chopped Heath Toffee bars)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar, for rolling cookies in
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or dark chocolate; whichever you prefer)


  • Using an electric mixer or a stand mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment), beat together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and cornstarch just to combine. Add in the flour and again beat to just combine. Don't overmix.
  • Fold in the chopped toffee and gently knead the dough together. It will seem crumbly at first!
  • Divide the dough in two equal halves. Form each half into a log shape that is 9 to 9.5 inches long and about 2 inches in diameter. Roll it on the counter to help smooth it out. (Use plastic wrap to avoid touching the dough with hands and warming the butter too much.) Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Pour the cane sugar onto a large flat plate and set aside. Remove one log at a time from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Brush the outside of the dough with the beaten egg. Immediately roll the dough log into the cane sugar on the plate.
  • Slice each log into 1/2-inch thick cookies. Place cookies on the prepared tray. Bake until edges are *just* beginning to lightly brown, about 8-11 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid overbaked cookies!
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.
  • To drizzle in chocolate: Add chocolate to a bowl and microwave (at 50% power) in bursts of 20 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Transfer the chocolate to a plastic bag and snip off the tip with scissors. Drizzle COMPLETELY cooled cookies with chocolate and allow the chocolate to harden at room temperature.
  • Cookies are best when eated within 2-3 days; store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Recipe Notes

Inspired by Alison Roman's shortbread cookies!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    These Toffee shortbread cookies are our absolute favorites! Not only are they insanely delicious but they come together so quickly! If you’re looking for a good shortbread cookie recipe look no further

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