Chocolate Dipped Ginger Shortbread Cookies {slice and bake cookies}

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Ginger Shortbread Cookies are a simple recipe that will be perfect for the holidays. The addition of ginger to shortbread is a tantalizing combination and dipping them in chocolate adds another layer of goodness.

Good shortbread can be addicting. It should melt in your mouth and be just the perfect bit of sweet mixed with the perfect bit of buttery flavor. These shortbread cookies? Are perfect.

And I’ll do you one better than perfect shortbread: Chocolate Dipped Ginger Shortbread Cookies that are slice and bake. Is there such a thing as  better than perfect?

Chocolate Dipped Ginger Shortbread Cookies - buttery cookies filled with lightly dried ginger and dipped in chocolate. And their easy to make because their slice and bake!

When Mel and I were first married we started an herb garden. I planted almost everything: rosemary, thyme, garlic, mint, parsley, and basil. I was so proud of that garden! It quickly overgrew it’s bed (we’re great at over planting) but for a few months I didn’t have to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store. I say a few months because exactly 10 months after we moved into that house, and about 6 after we planted my beloved herb garden, we packed up and moved to Arizona.

That was when I started buying fresh herbs instead of growing them, because we couldn’t grow anything in Arizona. I’m sure some people can…but we were just not used to the heat or the soil. Our black thumbs plus the desert just, well, didn’t spell success. Now that we’re in Sacramento, I grow rosemary and basil…but I still end up buying it at the grocery store because I forget it’s in the backyard.


Chocolate Dipped Ginger Shortbread Cookies - buttery cookies filled with lightly dried ginger and dipped in chocolate. And their easy to make because their slice and bake!

One of the things I’ve never grown is fresh ginger. Until I started watching The Food Network and cooking from Rachael Ray cookbooks, I thought ginger came ground into a powder and was used for molasses gingerbread cookies. I’m not joking; I never even thought about buying actual ginger at the store. Now I buy it all the time to use for dinner when I make Asian Lettuce Wraps or copycat Orange Chicken.

But did you know you can use ginger in dessert? Dessert that’s NOT gingerbread? #mindblown

Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Ginger

If you ever buy fresh herbs at your supermarket, you’ve probably seen Gourmet Garden. They sell a whole line of herb pastes, seasoning pastes, and lightly dried spices. I love smearing their Basil Stir-In Paste all over my chicken breasts before baking. It makes an amazing moist and super-flavorful chicken. And I make garlic bread with the garlic and italian herb pastes.

Last fall Goumet Garden started selling lightly-dried herbs, like ginger or basil, that you can use to sprinkle on your favorite dish or use as a rub for the main course. The lightly dried herbs last for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator, ensuring that you’ll be able to use them all. I love the simple ingredient list too.

Also? You can use the lightly dried ginger for cookies. Ginger Shortbread Cookies, to be exact.

Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Ginger in Shortbread Cookies

The slightly spicy ginger flavor pairs so well with this shortbread cookie recipe. Not only have I never used ginger in dessert before, but this is the first time I’ve ever made real shortbread cookies.

Ohmygosh, I’m sad for all the years I didn’t eat shortbread!

These ginger shortbread cookies are made with butter (obviously butter is a must) and powdered sugar. I just love using powdered sugar in these sorts of delicate cookies so much more because the texture of the cookie reflects the tenderness of the confectioner’s sugar, and the cookie stays soft without being at all tough.

The basics of shortbread cookies is pretty easy: butter, sugar, and flour. There are no eggs in most shortbread recipes, making them perfect for those with allergies. I add vanilla to pretty much everything, so a good dose goes into these cookies. And that’s when the fun happens: adding the lightly dried ginger. You can add it as-is from the container, or you can muddle it first, whichever you prefer.

Most shortbread cookie recipes call for the dough to be pressed into a circle and cut into wedges, or they get rolled out and cut into shapes. We all know I don’t like rolling out anything; I’m much too lazy. That is why I made these cookies into slice-and-bake shortbread cookies. It’s way easier with much less mess.

First, roll the cookie dough into a log on a sheet of wax paper. Chill it. Slice it. Chill it. Bake it. Done.

How easy is that?

Oh, wait. I’m forgetting the best part: the chocolate! If there’s one other thing that pairs with both shortbread AND ginger…it’s chocolate! I dipped the cookies halfway in bittersweet chocolate for an extra flavor punch. (But you can totally skip it if you want. But then we can’t be friends.)

Chocolate Dipped Ginger Shortbread Cookies - buttery cookies filled with lightly dried ginger and dipped in chocolate. And their easy to make because their slice and bake!

These ginger shortbread cookies would be perfect for your holiday platters. Or just make them because you love butter. Obviously.

Did you make this recipe?

Chocolate Dipped Ginger Shortbread

These slice and bake shortbread cookies are perfect for Christmas! Ginger is added to the shortbread dough and the cookie is then dipped in chocolate!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lightly dried ginger
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate


  1. Cream butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer). Add vanilla and mix, scraping the bowl a few times to make sure that the butter and powdered sugar are completely incorporated. Mix in salt and flour until combined, then stir in the ginger. Note about the ginger: you can muddle the ginger before adding it or not, your choice. I did a combination of both.
  2. Turn out dough onto a sheet of waxed paper. Form dough into a 9” log and roll up in the wax paper sheet. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  4. Unroll the log of shortbread dough and slice into 18 rounds. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet (they will not spread much).
  5. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until they start to turn golden, depending on how soft you want them. I cooked mine 10 minutes for a pillowy soft shortbread, but if you want it more cooked then bake them an additional 2 minutes or so. Cool completely before dipping.
  6. To dip, melt chocolate in a small bowl according to package directions. Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate and place it on a wax paper (or silpat) lined cookie sheet. Chill to set. Store cookies at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.


This recipe is easily doubled if you want more cookies! If you can’t find the lightly dried ginger, you can use candied ginger instead.

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This post was sponsored by Gourmet Garden, but all opinions are 100% my own. I only work with brands I love, so I thank you for understanding!

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  1. These are awesome! I never thought about combining ginger into shortbread. Love it! And kudos to you for growing anything. Somehow, I just manage to kill what I grow…

  2. I love ginger, especially in Chinese food, but I’ve never used it like this. It’s a great idea! 

  3. Ginger and chocolate: what a yummy combination!

  4. What a creative cookie, Dorothy! I love the ginger twist on these shortbreads. And what a great idea to dip them in chocolate! Looks amazing!

  5. Hooray for slice and bake cookies! This is such a fun twist to a classic cookie!

  6. Super into it. They’re so classy looking, too! I love ginger when it’s used right and my friend, you’re doing it right 🙂

  7. I just made gingerbread cupcakes last week and was thinking the same thing – wait, it’s not all about the molasses, there’s ginger in here too, duh! Now I definitely want to make these cookies with it. And I love shortbread too – awesome!

  8. We lived in TX for three years and I tried to have a garden. It was an epic fail. The blazin summer sun and limestone filled soil quickly dried up my tomatoes and cucumbers. I’ve never tried to garden since, lol. These cookies sound delightful and full of ginger flavor. I must try them!

  9. Dorothy, I can’t say this enough…you have such a fantastic personality. It’s one thing coming here for your recipes…but you’re actually someone whose words I can read and they actually make me HAPPY. Thanks! BTW, this cookie does look stellar. 🙂

  10. I LOVE gourmet garden and I would love to try their dried ginger. And these cookies…heaven!

  11. homemade slice and bake cookies are SO cool-and I love that you used actual ginger in these!

  12. Love this fancy shmancy variation of a slice and bake! Gotta try the gourmet garden!

  13. Yum , I bet these are good. I love to eat a cookie with a little texture.

  14. I have almost bought that lightly dried ginger about 10 times! I’m getting it next time because these cookies look fantastic!

  15. II buy the Gourmet Garden ginger past all.the.time – just heard they came out with these herbs. Need to try them…in these cookies, of course! Pinned!

  16. I always forget about my herb garden too and end up buying it at the store.  Love that you added ginger to shortbread cookies, that sounds amazing!  Dipping them into chocolate just seals the deal even more!

  17. Sounds like you stumbled on some winners…real shortbread and ginger in cookies! And the chocolate dipped part, can’t resist 🙂

  18. I love this variant on the basic shortbread cookie! I have a few people in mind already who I know would go crazy for these…time to whip up some homemade gift baskets, I think 🙂

  19. I love shortbread and I love ginger and this is a match made in heaven!  Hope I can find that lightly dried ginger – it’s giving me all kinds of ideas.  🙂

  20. Ooo delicious!! The combo of ginger and dark chocolate is a personal favourite and these look amazing. Slice and bake cookies are great for the holidays as you can just keep the dough in the fridge and slice and bake for eager guests, pinned! 

  21. Can we still be friends if I promise to make these and dip them in chocolate, even if I’ve never had shortbread before?! Eek! Obviously that will be changing shortly when I make these, because yum! They look fantastic! 

  22. They look awesome, very delicious shortbread cookies, I could eat them right now!

  23. Love this!  I love shortbread cookies but they always look so plain. Adding the chocolate dipped step makes them so much prettier!

  24. I love slice and bake cookies, these look delicious!!!

  25. Dorothy these are fabulous! What a great way to flavor shortbread cookies! I got some Gingerbread sugar not to long ago and I thought it was fantastic! 

  26. Dorothy, you’re so creative!! I love these cookies. And that chocolate? The perfect touch! 🙂 I’d love to grow an herb garden someday, but… I have about the blackest thumb in the world. I even killed a cactus. A cactus!! That my mom bought me for my birthday because she knows I’m awful at watering plants. Oops…

  27. These looks great; so professional. Are they going on your holiday cookie trays? 🙂

  28. That San Joaquin Valley soil is the best in the world for growing!  I miss it -our soil has too much clay and boron. I will try buying those Gourmet Garden herbs, and make these cookies.  Such an original idea!

  29. What part of Arizona did you move to?  I lived in Scottsdale for 12 years but recently moved to Milwaukee (crazy, I know).  Anyway, I absolutely love the idea of partially dried ginger and will definitely be on the hunt for it the next time I’m at the store.  I can imagine the chocolate and butter in the shortbread cuts through the spiciness of the ginger.  Yum!

    • We lived in Chandler for about 5 years. My husband and I both worked in Scottsdale (him in the northern newer part, me at Saguaro HS). I’m a CA girl at heart, but I do miss all the beauty that was there!

  30. You should sell these Dorothy. I think you would make millions. Seriously, you could be a Milano’s contender. I would definitely drive to your house to buy some. They look perfect!!! Love the ginger in there 🙂

  31. I had shortbread cookies with candied ginger in them last year and they were amazing!  These sound wonderful, Dorothy — I love the pop of flavor that ginger brings! 

  32. Oh my gosh, these look fabulous! I don’t think I’ve ever used Ginger in a recipe (except Pumpkin Pie) that wasn’t strictly a gingerbread recipe of some sort! Seriously just as mind blown. Pinned 🙂

  33. Great idea with the ginger, sounds wonderful! 🙂

  34. I adore shortbread, but have never tried ginger shortbread…this looks fantastic…and I love that they’re slice and bake!

  35. Love the ginger in this recipe. They sound so scrumptious! Pinning!

  36. I love using ginger this time of year for cookies and cakes.  And chocolate-dipped makes it even better!  These are lovely.

  37. I can so totally relate! So I used to live in Los Angeles, my brown thumb did ok there. Now that we moved to Texas Im just super hosed. Im really hoping I can get some herbs going this year otherwise Im going the catcus route. I had a houseplant they told me was “extremely hardy” somehow my extra hardy plant didnt make it. Oh well! At least I can make these delicious cookies instead!

  38. Love shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate. It’s my all-time favorite. I’m so intrigued with your ginger variation. Sounds really good! 🙂

  39. These cookies are absolutely fantastic!!!

  40. My family would go crazy for these cookies! So awesome!!

  41. Anything chocolate dipped is ok in my book and I adore ginger so this Gourmet Garden stuff is perfect!

  42. I remember those blissful (if bland) days of ignorance when I thought ginger was powdered only. Sigh. Thank god we’ve both grown! These cookies look divine! LOVE the ginger and chocolate and buttery cookie combo! Pinned! 

  43. Dorothy, where did you buy the ginger?

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