Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips – An Old Fashioned Christmas Cookie Recipe

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Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips are easy to make and delicious. Topped with melted chocolate chips and your favorite nuts, these chocolate chip shortbread logs are a hit whenever served.

Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Barbara and I grew up baking and eating these delicate old fashioned Christmas cookies. They were one of a dozen cookie recipes our mom would bake each December as homemade Christmas gifts for family, friends, and neighbors.

Of all the different varieties of old fashioned Christmas cookies our Mom makes, these are Barbara’s favorites, and they are the first to be eaten from the huge cookie tray on Christmas day.

Now, we know Dainty Log Butter Cookies is an unusual name but don’t let that stop you from trying these. We promise you will love them. Why are they called dainty logs? These are supposed to be made small and dainty, although I think ours have grown over the years.

Our Mom loves nuts which is why most of the cookies our mom makes have pecans in them or on top of them. You can use whatever type of nuts that you prefer OR leave them off if you prefer a nut-free cookie.

Where’s the best place to buy pecans?

We often buy pecans online in large quantities at nuts.com.  (We have no affiliation with this website) or try Aldi for more reasonable prices.

How to melt chocolate chips?

Chocolate chips can burn easily during the melting process.  To melt in the microwave, add chocolate chips and butter in microwave-safe dish. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.  Once the chocolate is almost melted, stir until smooth.

Another melting method is to use a double boiler.  Heat water in a saucepan on the stove and place a glass bowl with the chocolate chips (and butter) over the boiling water. Stir until melted.

What is a butter cookie?

A butter cookie is cookie consisting of three main ingredients including butter, sugar and flour.

Can you freeze butter cookies?

Yes, you can freeze these butter cookies.  Bake ahead and cool completely before putting in an airtight container in the freezer.

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies Ingredients:







Chocolate Chips

Notes About Butter Cookies with Chocolate on Top:

  • Nuts are optional on these old fashioned butter cookies.
  • Try swapping in your favorite type of chopped nuts. We use pecans!
  • For the chopped pecan topping, use shelled pecans (not roasted).
  • These Dainty Logs are supposed to be…dainty.  Try to make them small in size!
  • Cool completely before topping with melted chocolate.
  • These butter cookies freeze well. Cool completely before placing in an airtight container. Freeze up to 2 months.
  • Want even more chocolate in your cookie? Try our Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Hershey Kiss inside!
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How to Make Chocolate Chip Shortbread Logs

Scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for full recipe for shortbread cookies with chocolate on top.

  1. Combine softened butter, sugar and vanilla; beat well.
  2. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Stir in flour and salt; and mix well.
  3. Stir in half cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Shape dough into thin, 2-inch long logs and place onto cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Once cookies are cooled, top with melted chocolate chips and dip in finely chopped nuts (or not if you don’t like nuts).

Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies Recipes

Cookies are our mom’s love language all year long but especially at Christmas time. She bakes the entire month of December and usually has more than a dozen different kinds of cookies to share with family, friends and neighbors. Here are some of our favorite kinds of cookies.

We recommend baking cookies ahead of time and storing them in the freezer.  This is a great time saver, and you can start a couple months before the holidays.

We rounded up our favorite old-fashioned Christmas dessert recipes if you want something other than cookies!

Granny’s Sugar Cookies

French Buttercream Cookies

The dough for these French Buttercream Cookies can be tinted to make them extra festive for any occasion and be sure to add colored sugar crystals on top.

Grandma’s Three Layer Bars

Grandma's Three Layer Chocolate Squares are a family favorite treat that are served every Christmas at my house.  The triple layer cookie bar consists of a chocolate graham cracker crust, a vanilla cream center and a sweet Hershey's chocolate topping.  The combination is a match made in chocolate heaven. 

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipes makes a plateful of crispy, bit-size treats the entire family will enjoy as a snack or lunchbox dessert.

Pride of Iowa Cookies

Coconut Macaroons with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are perfect.  The classic chewy macaroons get dipped in dark chocolate and then sprinkled with sea salt.

Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips - A Chocolate Chip Shortbread Log Cookie

These Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips are easy to make and delicious. Topped with melted chocolate chips and your favorite nuts, these buttery chocolate chip cookies are a hit whenever served.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip shortbread log cookie, dainty log, dainty log butter cookies with chocolate chips, old fashioned butter cookies, old fashioned christmas cookie
Servings: 32 servings
Author: Barbara


  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups finely chopped nuts (we use pecans)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine 3/4 cup butter, sugar & vanilla; beat well. Add egg and beat thoroughly. 
  • Stir in flour and salt. Mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips (maybe just a few more than that, just sayin').
  • Shape dough into 2-inch logs. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Chocolate Coating: Melt remaining 1 T. butter and 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (can also use semi-sweet baking squares) over hot water (or in microwave). Stir until smooth and blended.
  • Dip each end of baked (cooled) cookie into chocolate mix and roll into nuts. If you don't like nuts, skip the last step and stick with just the chocolate cover.


  • Nuts are optional on these old fashioned butter cookies. 
  • Try swapping in your favorite type of chopped nuts. We use pecans!
  • These Dainty Logs are supposed to be...dainty.  Try to make them small in size!
  • Cool completely before topping with melted chocolate. 
  • We prefer using a double broiler to melt the chocolate chips and butter. 
  • These butter cookies freeze well. Cool completely before placing in an airtight container. Freeze up to 2 months.
  • These make great Christmas cookies.  Try our other favorite old fashioned Christmas cookies - Molasses Cookies

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