Butterscotch Shortbread Dipped in Chocolate


Ok, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk a little about me (that’s not me on the left).   I’ve always been fairly athletic, interested in and good at sports.   However, I’m also one of those people who gets hurt – constantly.   My friends make fun of me and fully expect me to have some sort of mishap on any vacation I take, and they’re right far more often than they are wrong.

One recent mishap involves my toe – I broke it and it hurt a LOT. I was celebrating Christmas at my brother’s house – there were lots of presents scattered around, children running in every direction.   Oh, and my sister-in-law prefers that you don’t wear shoes in the house, so I was in my socks.   Anyway, I was trying to maneuver around the (admittedly fun) chaos and I accidentally kicked the molding around one of the doors as I was walking.   As soon as I did it I knew something was not right – I sat for a while, they brought me an ice pack….but bottom line is I broke my little toe, meaning also that there was nothing that could really be done about it.

So, what does this have to do with desserts? Nothing.   I will spare everyone the picture of my swollen, black and blue toe, though.   No one wants to see that.

I guess I’m sharing because these cookies made me feel better.   Well, cookies and a little Vicodin.   But let’s say mostly the cookies.   Lots and lots of butter makes everything better, right?   And these cookies are the bomb.   Just don’t walk and eat them at the same time – you might get distracted and walk into a wall and I can guarantee you that’s not fun.



  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 ½ t vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips (it’s totally ok if in “measuring” you go overboard a little)
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate, melted



Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla until it’s pretty fluffy – about 3 minutes.   On a low speed, slowly add the flour and salt until everything is combined. (Basically, just put in about a half cup of flour, mix until you can’t see the flour anymore, put in the next half cup, mix until you can’t see flour, anymore….you get the idea.)



Add in the butterscotch chips, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula or your hands until they’re pretty evenly distributed.



Line an 8”x8” or 9”x9” pan (whichever you have) with aluminum foil and put the dough into the pan.   Press the dough evenly and refrigerate it for about 20-30 minutes.

When you take it out of the fridge, score the dough lengthwise and widthwise into whatever size cookies you want to end up with.   Don’t make them too big – they’re awesome but they’re pretty rich (lots of butter).   Besides, if you like them you can always have two. Or three – I’m not judging. I recommend making them rectangular because later you’ll dip half into chocolate and this gives you something to hold on to.IMG_6017

Fun part – take a fork and stab the hell out of the dough. Pretend it’s someone you don’t like, and stab away.   You’re just providing venting but why not enjoy the process.

Bake in a 300° oven until the dough is firm and golden brown around the edges – figure about 50-60 minutes.   Depending on your oven and the size pan you use it might take a little longer, but start checking it around 50 minutes.

After you take it out of the oven, immediately cut it along the scores and let it cool completely in the pan. (since it’s in aluminum foil you probably want to find a wooden or hard plastic knife so you don’t have that horrible metal-on-aluminum scraping. Seriously, no one needs that.).   Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let it cool completely.ABCDEOnce the cookies are cool (you can do this part the next day), melt the dark chocolate and dip half of each cookie into the melted chocolate  (as I build up this site, check the TIPS tab for hints on melting chocolate).   Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for about 30 minutes, until the chocolate is hardened.IMG_6038

These cookies (bars, really) are delicious.   I’d love for you to try them and let me know what you think!   You can email me, or reach out to me on any of my social media platforms.   This whole thing is really new so there’s not a lot of content out there yet, but there will be, I promise!

And please let your friends and family know about Ugly Desserts!  I want to share this thing that gives me so much pleasure with the rest of the world.   Thanks!



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