Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies



I have made these cookies numerous times over the years and they are one of my favorites because of their light and airy texture. They taste like a buttery shortbread ball with little chocolate chips. You can’t go wrong with this one!

Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

A buttery shortbread-style cookie loaded with mini chocolate chips and drizzled with more chocolate.


2 cups all-purpose flour
8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups miniature chocolate chips, divided


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Beat the butter, sugar and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix well. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in 1 cup miniature chocolate chips.

3. Shape into 1” balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set but still pale in color. Allow to cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

4. Place the remaining ½ cup miniature chocolate chips in a sealed plastic bag and microwave until melted; about 30 seconds. Snip off a small corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate on top of cooled cookies. Chill for 5 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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37 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies”

  1. bakingblonde on December 19, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Those sound perfect! I am adding to my list to bake for my sister’s goodie box


  2. kayte on December 20, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    these sound so easy and so delicious! and they look fantastic.


  3. MrsPresley on December 21, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    these are almost identical to the chocolate chip shortbread sticks i made this year! your recipe includes a little vanilla and lots more chocolate chips though :) i like the idea of making them into little bite sized balls


  4. Beth on December 22, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    These look so good!


  5. Amber on December 27, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Mmmmm these look so good. Thank you for sharing.


  6. Kristin on September 1, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Stumbled Upon this recipe and promptly got up to make these delicious little cookies! Thanks for sharing!!

    P.S. I added Heath chips (because I had some leftover from another project) and I couldn’t be any happier with how the cookies turned out! :)


  7. Chelle on September 1, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Hi Kristin – so glad you enjoyed these, and great to hear that the Heath chips worked out so well! :) Thanks for visiting!


  8. Ali on December 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Making them right now, just put them in the oven, the batter is delicious! lol


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  10. Camille on December 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I made these to go in gift tins this year and they were a hit! Thanks!


  11. Abby on September 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Should I use salted or unsalted butter?


    • Michelle on September 12th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Abby, Unsalted butter. You can add a pinch of salt to the recipe if you’d like.


  12. Angela on December 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    How many does this recipe yield? I’m thinking of making these for a tea party. :)


    • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Angela, Depending on the size, it will make about 2 to 3 dozen.


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  15. Naomi on November 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    These are in the oven right now! The dough tastes great, and I’m sure the baked cookies will to! As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I was going to make them. They looked so yummy and cute! Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes! I love your site, and eagerly await each new email! Thanks again!


    • Naomi on November 13th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      These are in the oven right now! The dough tastes great, and I’m sure the baked cookies will to! As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I was going to make them. They looked so yummy and cute! Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes! I love your site, and eagerly await every new email!

      Just tasted one of these! They are sooooooooo good! You’re right, they do taste like shortbread with chocolate chips in them! Yummy! Thanks for another great recipe.


  16. Janell on December 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    made these today for holiday gift tins. for some reason they did not turn out so well :( they are pretty dry, almost chalky in texture, and have a strong powdered sugar taste, instead of buttery. i know i followed the recipe correctly, so i’m not sure why they didn’t work for me. i was so looking forward to these too.


  17. Sandra on December 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Do I use icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar?


    • Michelle on December 26th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Sandra, Confectioner’s is closer to powdered sugar, I believe.


  18. Sandra on December 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I didn’t have powered sugar, so I used granulated sugar and the cookies turned out great! Please clarify this on your recipe. Is powered sugar like icing sugar? I use icing sugar on top of desserts once they are baked. Is powered, confectioner’s, and granulated sugar the same? This recipe will definitely be a family favourite! My nephew is allergic to eggs, so these cookies are perfect for him. Thanks!


    • Michelle on December 27th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Hi Sandra, From the information I’ve been able to find, powdered sugar, confectioners’ sugar and icing sugar are all the same and interchangeable. Granulated sugar is different from powdered sugar.


  19. Kaera on December 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I added about 1/8 tsp of allspice, nutmeg, and cloves, and 1/4tsp cinnamon to the cookies, and a bit of cayenne pepper to the chocolate on top. They taste wonderful with Earl Grey tea!!


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  22. bee on December 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    hi! i tried this recipe for christmas and wanted to give them away as gifts but they came out FLAT and really really crumbly, not a ball shape at all! can you tell me what went wrong?


    • Michelle on December 25th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      I’m not sure what would have caused that. Did you make any substitutions or do anything differently? Do you have an oven thermometer to ensure your oven is at the correct temperature?


      • bee on December 26th, 2013 at 1:28 am

        hmm i was in a rush so i microwaved my butter that i had just taken out of the fridge for a minute or so so that it would have creamed more easily. could it be the reason?
        thanks so much :)


        • Michelle on December 26th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

          Hi Bee, Definitely! Microwaving butter can make it much too soft for creaming, which would definitely cause the cookies to spread.


    • bee on December 29th, 2013 at 3:47 am

      oh wow okay haha totally a case of more haste less speed here. thanks for the reply! so can i just check: was the butter supposed to be at room temperature (softened) or just out of the fridge?
      is the standard for any other recipe that calls for butter to be creamed with sugar?


      • Michelle on December 29th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        Hi Bee, You are welcome! The butter should have been at room temperature, I have updated the recipe so that is clear. 99% of the recipes that call for creaming together butter and sugar should have the butter at room temperature, but always check the recipe just in case.


  23. Lorr on December 28, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Could you possibly make these older recipes printable before presenting them again?


    • Michelle on December 29th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Lorr, I am working on getting all of them formatted appropriately. It is time-consuming as there are over 1,000 recipes on the site, but I’m getting there. I have updated this one; I apologize for any inconvenience, but appreciate your patience!


      • Lorr on December 29th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

        Thank you so much! Sure was nice of you to do that right away. I really, really appreciate it. (I should be apologizing for MY impatience) Absolutely love your site. Happy New Year!


  24. Margaret Smith on May 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Wow these look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Unfortunately my entire family has the flu and i’m just getting over it. but as soon as i’m better, Back To Baking!


  25. Susan on August 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I will have to make these for my 3 wonderful grandkids, Allison -Carissa-and Luke When I go to see them in Illinois. They look soooooooooooooo good.


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