Fudgy Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread

Fudge-stripe cookies are popular among small elves. Here, classic shortbread pairs up with peanut butter for a yummy treat.

Fudgy Striped Peanut Butter Shortbread on red and white background
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 28 mins
48 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • cup peanut butter

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 2 teaspoon shortening


  1. In a large bowl beat butter and peanut butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Beat in brown sugar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough into four portions. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter, cut out dough. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Reroll scraps as needed.

  3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes. Remove; cool completely on a wire rack. In a small saucepan melt together the chocolate and shortening over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.

  4. Dip bottoms of cooled cookies halfway in melted chocolate. Place on sheets of parchment paper. Drizzle tops with chocolate. Let stand until set.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

120 Calories
8g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 50mg 1%
Folate, total 15.9mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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