Vegan Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe 

Our buttery, soft, feather-light vegan chocolate chip shortbread is so delicious. This easy-going recipe is perfect for all seasons.

You will love the crumbly, sweet shortbread cookie texture. Whether you love baking or are new to the practice, this recipe isn’t very intimidating.

For another fun vegan sweet treat, check out these bright, pretty mango and coconut donuts.

Why you’ll love this Vegan Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe

  • Texture: Shortbread is well-loved for its whisper-light texture. This shortbread is no exception. If you love shortbread that melts in your mouth, this vegan version will deliver.
  • Simple method: This is a very simple recipe to make, but the results are bakery-quality. It’s a great recipe whether you’re new to baking or a pro.
  • A great base: We love that you can add to this recipe. There are tons of ways to flavor it – scroll down for our suggestions.
  • Gifting: A batch of vegan chocolate chip shortbread makes a lovely gift. Pack the shortbread in a pretty box or tin, and you have the perfect gift.
  • Keeps for long: This is one of those bakes that has a fantastic shelf-life. Make it the night before or 10 days ahead of time. Super practical!
  • A festive recipe: Shortbread which is traditionally Scottish is often associated with Christmas and New year’s Eve. Don’t forget to add it to your list of things to bake this December.
  • Minimal clean-up: This is another one of our great low-equipment recipes. 

Vegan Shortbread Ingredients 

  • Vegan butter: It’s important to use good quality vegan butter in this recipe. You want one that is full of delicious flavor and has a good fat content for baking. 
  • Granulated sugar: The sugar in the recipe is responsible for both flavor and the light, crumbly texture of the shortbread. You can also make this recipe with caster sugar if you like. 
  • All-purpose flour: We suggest using unbleached flour in this recipe. Regular all-purpose flour will definitely work, too.
  • Vegan chocolate chips: You can use color vegan chocolate chip in this recipe.
  • Pinch of salt: This may seem odd, but salt brings out the flavor and elevates the 

How to make Vegan Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe (Step-by-step)

Here is exactly how to make this recipe:

Make the Vegan Chocolate Chip Shortbread dough

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C for fan oven) 

Firstly, beat butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Secondly, add the flour and salt to the mixture. 

Mix them until they are combined. The mixture should be light and crumbly.  Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips.

Fill the baking dish and bake

Pour the mixture into a 9-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture down firmly with a fork to create a smooth top.

Sprinkle some granulated sugar and chocolate chips over the top (optional) 

Bake for vegan shortbread for 20-30 minutes or until it is light brown in color.

Once done, let the shortbread rest for a few minutes. Carefully cut it into pieces, and enjoy!

Top Tips for this Vegan Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe

  • Use a good butter: A high-fat, well-flavored vegan butter will make all the difference in this recipe. The flavor of butter really stands out, so make it a good flavor. If you use salted butter then reduce the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • The butter must be soft: You need pliable butter that isn’t melted. Softened butter is easy to beat together with the sugar – if it is too cold, this will not be easy. For the recipe to be a success, it is important to get a light whip and texture.
  • Sift the flour: We do recommend sifting the flour before adding it to the mixture. This step will ensure there are no lumps.
  • Mix lightly: Go easy on your dough – use a light hand. You want it to come together gently. Avoid overmixing the dough, or it will be stiff and dry. The mixing of the dough contributes to the overall texture and lightness.
  • Chill the dough: As with other cookie dough, shortbread dough does really well when you chill it first. It not only impacts the texture but it makes it a lot easier to work with.
  • Grease the pan well: Nothing is worse than something sticking to the pan it’s been baked in. A well-greased pan or one lined with baking paper will make the whole process a lot simpler.
  • Don’t overcook: Keep an eye on the baking time. A few minutes over and the vegan chocolate chip shortbread is likely to be too dry. A few minutes under, and your dough won’t bake and bind together well.
  • Rest the shortbread: Leave your shortbread in its baking pan for a few minutes before removing it from the pan. When you are ready to cut it, make sure you use a razor-sharp knife. This headache-free tip will result in clean, neat slices.
  • Storage: While this vegan shortbread recipe has a great shelf-life, it does need to be stored correctly. Pack it up in a sealed, airtight container.
  • Experiment with flavors: Check out our list of add-ins for inspiration. Have fun and make it your own.

Ideas for Fun Add-ins

Here’s a list of delicious add-ins to spark your creativity:

  • Lime and cardamon: Add in a little freshly grated lime zest and a pinch of cardamon. 
  • Raspberry powder: Raspberry flavor and chocolate is a delicious duo. Stir in a touch of raspberry powder for a pinch of brightness. 
  • Lavender: Stir in some dried or fresh lavender for a sophisticated taste profile.
  • Rosemary and orange: This is a classic combination that cuts through the buttery flavors of the orange and chocolate.
  • Apple and cinnamon: Add a little pureed or grated fresh apple into the dough along with ground cinnamon. 
  • Chai spice: Use white chocolate chips and fold some chai spice into the dough.
  • Festive flavors: Stir in some toasted pecans or hazelnuts and some dried cranberries. 
  • Espresso: Mix a little espresso powder into the dough. This is a really delicious combo with the chocolate.
  • Maple and chili: Pour a touch of maple syrup and chili powder for something a little spicy. 
Pieces of vegan chocolate chip shortbread stacked on top of each other.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Our buttery, soft, feather-light vegan chocolate chip shortbread is so delicious. This easy-going recipe is perfect for all seasons.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course sweet
Cuisine scottish
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 130 g vegan butter
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 260 g all purpose flour
  • 100 g vegan chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C for fan oven)
  • Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add the flour and salt to the mixture. Mix until combined. The mixture should be crumbly.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
  • Pour the mixture into a 9-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture down firmly with a fork to create a smooth top.
  • Sprinkle some granulated sugar and chocolate chips over the top (optional)
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until light brown
  • Once done, let the shortbread rest for a few minutes. Carefully cut it into pieces, and enjoy!
Keyword chocolate chip, shortbread, vegan

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