Toasted pine nut milk chocolate shortbread are delectably buttery and perfect for dunking into a warm cup of tea or coffee!
Toasted Pine Nut Milk Chocolate Shortbread

Best. Shortbread. Ever.

And I swear that’s not just the pregnancy hyperbole hormones talking.

Mostly because I made these last year.

Like, pre-pregnancy last year.

Like, spring of last year.

Like, I’m ashamed I waited THIS LONG to tell you about them last year.

Forgive me? Please?

Toasted Pine Nut Milk Chocolate Shortbread

Okay, yes I’ve been holding out on you and I can’t even think of a good reason why! These are far and above some of my favorite cookies that I’ve ever made and some of the best shortbread that I’ve ever had by far.

They’re buttery in a melt in your mouth kind of way that is enhanced by nutty pine nut bites and milk chocolate shards, and absolutely perfect for that adult cookies-and-milk break we’ve always dreamed of having…by which I mean an extra large tray of these and a cup of something to warm you from the inside out.

Can we make that an official (daily) thing? I’m starting a petition. Who’s with me?

Toasted Pine Nut Milk Chocolate Shortbread

Toasted Pine Nut Milk Chocolate Shortbread
Toasted pine nut milk chocolate shortbread are delectably buttery and perfect for dunking into a warm cup of tea or coffee!
Yield: 12 squares
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chopped milk chocolate
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1¼ cups unsalted butter, cubed and cold
  • ½ cup sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Spread the pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden and fragrant. Let cool.
  2. Lower oven temp to 275F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, pine nuts, milk chocolate, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cold butter and sugar on medium speed until light and just barely fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the stand mixer and mix on low until just combined.
  6. Press the dough into the prepared baking pan in an even layer. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely and then cut into 2x2-inch squares.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie


Toasted Pine Nut Milk Chocolate Shortbread

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22 Responses to Toasted Pine Nut Milk Chocolate Shortbread

  1. Krista says:

    You added cinnamon to pine nuts and chocolate, Joanne, so of course you’re forgiven! Delicious. 🙂

  2. Sues says:

    Mmm I absolutely love the idea of a cookie having that delicious pine nut flavor. Not to mention, with chocolate involved! Wish I had some to enjoy with my morning coffee 🙂

  3. Erica says:

    I love the pine nut twist! And I totally want like all the cookies now. LOVE IT!!! Hope all is going well friend 🙂

  4. Heather says:

    Sounds amazing, and looks easy too, which is always a winner in my book!

  5. Some things are worth waiting for. And I wold sign that petition in a heartbeat. Where’s the pen?

  6. I’m singing like Julie Andrews over here: “…these are a few of my favourite things!” 🙂

  7. Pam says:

    They look like they are worth the wait!

  8. debbie says:

    Oh wow…these look really good! And simple too…love it!

  9. Zainab says:

    I want these!! And I’m glad you shared them finally!

  10. Yes! Cookies and milk break should totally be a thing!! And as always this recipe is to good to be true 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kate says:

    I’m wary of pine-nuts in sweets, but I trust you implicitly.

  12. grace says:

    i have posts lingering in my queue from several years ago, so don’t feel badly about just one year! these cookies sound unique and quite satisfying!

  13. Elly says:

    Oh shortbread, how I love you. This looks fantastic. I wish I could justify eating shortbread, like, all the time. Alas, I will save these for a…special occasion?

  14. Ah, better late than never! I’m glad you shared these with us, because those bars look awesome. I’m not usually a shortbread person, but these sound great, with all that milk chocolate… 🙂

  15. This shortbread looks delicious, Joanne. I’ve never added pine nuts to sweet bites before, but seriously, what I am waiting for!?

  16. katie says:

    these sound so good Joanne! wishing we had pine nuts in the house to rustle these up for a Saturday night treat. xx

  17. mjskit says:

    YUM! I love the flavor of pine nuts in baked goods. These shortcakes look delicious!

  18. These look and sound amazing! I want to dunk them in my afternoon coffee right now!

  19. Oh my goodness I need these in my face ASAP. Toasted pine nuts!? How have I never added them to cookies before!?

  20. Johanna GGG says:

    wow these sound so good and I am not even big into shortbread but give me nuts and chocolate I am yours

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