Almond Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies (gluten free) (California)

This holiday season I mixed up a NEW irresistible cookie inspired by local California ingredients. Each nibble is sure to make your taste buds do a little happy dance. These melt in your mouth almond chocolate chip shortbread cookies are meant to be shared! And they are extra special because all the ingredients are from the Golden State.

Check out all our United States of Cookies recipes here. Recipe courtesy of Jessica Gavin.

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Servings 30 servings
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 20 - 22 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Submitted By Jessica Gavin
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Servings 30 servings
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 20 - 22 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Submitted By Jessica Gavin
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix softened butter and sugar on low speed to combine. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes, until light and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in the almond extract.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, cinnamon, salt, 1/3 cup of chopped almonds and 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips.
  3. On the lowest mixer speed, mix in the flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture to combine. Increase speed to medium and beat until the dough begins to cling to the paddle and no longer looks dry, about 20 seconds. Do not over mix, just until it forms a solid mass.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line two large sheet pans with parchment paper. Shape the dough into one tablespoon sized balls (1 1/2-inch diameter). Transfer to the sheet pans about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or flat bottomed cup to flatten into 1/4-inch thick discs. You can smooth the sides of the cookie with your fingers (it cracks on the edges when you flatten), or keep it looking rustic. Sprinkle additional chopped nuts and about five mini chocolate chips on top for a nicer appearance. Press them into the surface.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes in the center of the over. Rotate and bake another 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden in color and bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on a sheet tray for 10 minutes, transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate chips in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Once melted, dip each cookie covering them halfway up the sides. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and seas salt if desired. Allow to dry completely.
Recipe Notes
  • Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
  • Add a little sprinkle of sea salt if desired to the dipped cookies.
  • Do not refrigerate the dough before shaping, roll and flatten immediately after mixing.
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