Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

This Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread cookie recipe is a decadent and buttery treat set off by the bittersweet chocolate and sea salt. It is the perfect cookie to include in a gift basket along with some Hazelnut flavored coffee and mug.

If you are looking for a cookie that can easily be shipped, or a new and different flavor to add to your cookie tray this year, then this Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread cookie is the answer. It is not only delicious, but sturdy making it perfect for sending off to family and friends afar.

Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

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What you need to make Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread cookies

Other than the basic butter, sugar, flour there are a few ingredients and tools you must have to make this Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

Hazelnuts: Be sure to buy hazelnuts that have already had the skin removed. You can also buy them already chopped if you wish, but I buy them whole and chop them myself. Did you know hazelnuts are also known as filberts? 🙂

Fleur de Sel: This grey sea salt is one of my very favorite things to sprinkle on Chocolate-dipped Shortbread Stars. I also love to sprinkle it on my Chocolate Coated Caramel Apples!

Pizza Cutter: Believe it or not, this is my FAVORITE tool when scoring this hazelnut browned butter shortbread as you do in this recipe.

Individually wrapped Cookies in a gift basket

Other holiday-themed cookies that are perfect for shipping

Besides these Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread cookies, I have a few others I make every single year.

I am a huge cookie fan. So, for me to pick just a few great Christmas Cookies is a difficult task. My first pick of cookies to pack up and ship off are these Chewy Mocha Toffee Chip Cookies.

This big batch recipe for Italian Christmas Cookies is my big go-to. It makes a lot of cookies so I can divide them up on my trays with just one bake. They also freeze well!

Be sure to check out this list of the 25 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes on Grumpy’s Honeybunch for more ideas!

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Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread

Buttery triangle-shaped cookies with a browned butter flavor and dipped in chocolate. Finish them off with a sprinkle of fleur de sel for that salty-sweet combination that can't be beaten!
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hazelnut Browned Butter Shortbread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 252kcal


  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a small saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of the butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Continue to cook, without stirring, about 5 minutes or until butter becomes brown and fragrant. Remove from heat, cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, beat remaining butter with electric mixer on med speed for about 30 seconds. Add sugars and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally.
  • Beat in browned butter and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour and the hazelnuts. Divide dough in half. (I ended up using only 2-1/4 cups of flour)
  • On a prepared cookie sheet, pat each half of dough into an 8-inch circle. Using fingers, crimp edges of each dough circle. Prick every inch or so with the tines of a fork. Cut each circle into eight wedges (do not separate wedges). (I used my pizza cutter for this – worked like a charm!)
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until edge is lightly browned. Recut circle into wedges while warm. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer wedges to a wire rack; cool. (I ended up baking these 10 minutes longer than the recipe stated. Don’t know why it was so off, but it was.)
  • In glass 4-cup measuring cup, place chopped bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon shortening and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted. Dip the scalloped edge of each wedge into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Return to wire rack. Lightly sprinkle the chocolate with fleur de sel. Allow to stand until chocolate is set.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Fallon December 13, 2009 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Oh yum! I have a bag of hazelnuts in my freezer and can't decide what to use them for yet. 😉

  2. pegasuslegend December 13, 2009 at 12:43 am - Reply

    that chocolate and hazelnut combo is my fav and then on shortbread heaven yum yum!!!

  3. Jessie December 13, 2009 at 1:05 am - Reply

    great cookies! I'm loving the combination of chocolate and hazelnut, it is the ultimate sweet treat!

  4. Cristine December 13, 2009 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Looks amazing, Shelby! Wish I was close so I could get a yummy treat from you! 🙂

  5. Heidi December 13, 2009 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Yummy… Chocolate and hazelnuts!!!

  6. Free Samples December 13, 2009 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Great job! This looks absolutely awesome! 🙂 Keep up the awesome work

  7. Lisa December 13, 2009 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Mmmnnn!Looks so good!

  8. Sweet and Savory December 13, 2009 at 8:59 am - Reply

    It looks so good. I am in the mood for shortbread and with chocolate, I am particularly in the moood.

  9. pigpigscorner December 13, 2009 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Hazelnut and chocolate! delicious!

  10. Maria December 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    All of my favorites!

  11. Helene December 13, 2009 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    It's a good thing you bought the magazine. These are on my 'to-do' list. They look so good.

  12. Linda December 13, 2009 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    What gorgeous cookies! I have 2 bags of hazelnuts in the pantry. One is for my chocolate biscotti and the other will be for this!
    I can't wait to try these. I just hope they look as nice as yours!

  13. Katy ~ December 13, 2009 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Hazelnut is a great personal favorite. In this chocolate dipped shortbread, divine!

  14. pxilated December 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Looks delicious. Certainly worth handling any grumpiness for a taste.

  15. Mags December 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Don't those look pretty!

    Grumpy should be happy that you found this particular magazine!

  16. Bethie December 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm - Reply


  17. Barbara Bakes December 13, 2009 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    I love the beautiful scalloped edge on these! Then dipped in chocolate just makes them elegant. What a nice gift!

  18. averagebetty December 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    What a tasty looking cookie and beautiful gift basket!

  19. noble pig December 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I just bought hazelnuts…just awesome!!

  20. Bellini Valli December 15, 2009 at 5:27 am - Reply

    These really would make a lovely gift Shelby. The combination of sea salt and chocolate is always a favourite.

  21. Jamie December 16, 2009 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Wow, these cookies look amazing too. Too many cookies to bake, not enough time. I'm planning on baking this weekend. May have to make these soon.

  22. Dina December 16, 2009 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    those look delicious. love the way you wrapped them for gifts!

  23. Sam Sotiropoulos January 11, 2010 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Can I just say, this looks AMAZING! I have bookmarked this one, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  24. moderncomfortfood November 2, 2010 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Shortbread is one of the greatest cookies ever invented, but with bittersweet chocolate and hazelnuts added in? Oh, yes. Most definitely. Perfect!

  25. Maria November 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Adding this recipe to my holiday must make list!

  26. honeyb November 27, 2010 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Wow, those photos are magazine worthy! And I, too, love everything about them. AND also have hazelnuts waiting.

  27. Jasnas' kitchen creations November 27, 2010 at 2:32 am - Reply

    I love shortbread and I love hazelnuts…Thanks for sharing!

  28. Sue November 27, 2010 at 6:55 am - Reply

    I know these must taste delicious! They sure are beautiful! I love the chocolate as the "crust".

  29. Trisha November 28, 2010 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Your cookies look amazing. Sounds like a winning combination to me. Can't wait to try it.

  30. Katie Rose November 28, 2010 at 5:11 am - Reply

    These were so exquisitely done! They look gorgeous and delicious!

  31. Sandra Shaffer April 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Browned butter anything and everything is one of my favorite ways to add flavor in recipes! Your shortbread recipe sounds so good! I'll be trying this for sure!!

    • honeyb April 25, 2014 at 12:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Sandra, I hope you will enjoy it!

  32. Ronda Eagle June 2, 2014 at 5:05 am - Reply

    This looks wonderful. I had to stop in and let you know how scrumptious this looks. I'm putting it on my to do list.

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