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Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour

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Toblerone Shortbread Cookies with Browned Flour

These Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour Cookies are a favourite of ours.  I’m sure you will love these too, if you’re a fan of shortbread, and of Toblerone chocolate bars.

Toblerone Shortbread Cookies on a marble tray with twinkle lights in the background.

I’m so excited to share these shortbread Toblerone cookies with you today as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series, hosted by Krista at The Happy Housie.  Be sure to check out all the delicious looking holiday recipes at the end of the post.

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This is the second cookie for our Christmas Cookie Week here at Life is a Party.  Be sure to check out all the amazing cookies from the week:

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The first time I had these Toblerone shortbread cookies with browned flour was at church years ago.  A sweet lady brought them for a Christmas potluck, and they were so good.  I asked her for the recipe, and have since made them many times.  They have become a long time family favourite.

Toblerone Shortbread Cookies on a cutting board, with Christmas ornaments in the background

She said the original version of these beautiful cookies were from a well known bakery and called “Phipps Famous Shortbread” and that the recipe had been shared in the newspaper years ago.  She had cut it out and been making it ever since.

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Browned Flour

Before making the cookies, the flour is browned in the oven before it’s added to the cookie dough.  Therefore it adds an amazing texture and nutty flavour to the cookies.  And the Toblerone, is the most delicious Swiss chocolate.  These will be a favourite as soon as you try them.

Why Brown The Flour?

Browned flour adds a nutty flavor.  It’s more complex and adds depth to the dishes it’s used in.  Toasted flour adds a soft silky texture to baked goods.  It also changes the color of flour, and therefore the baked goods.  Browned flour has a caramel brown color to it, and adds a brown color to the finished baked goods.  It’s a relatively simple step and process, but it can add so much to a recipe.  

Is Brown Flour and Browned Flour The Same?

Brown flour is wheat flour.  It usually contains 85% whole wheat grains in it. Including part of the germ and bran gives brown flour it’s color, and a slightly different taste than white flour.  

Browned flour or toasted flour is white flour that has been browned in a skillet or in the oven to toast it, and give it a caramelized brown color.

How Do You Brown Flour?

In our recipe we brown our flour in the oven, on a baking tray, using broil.  Flour can burn easily, so you have to watch it closely, and turn it often to make sure all the flour is browned.  You can also brown flour on the stove in a cast iron skillet in a dry pan over a medium heat, stirring it constantly and watching it closely so that it doesn’t burn.

?You want to achieve an overall toasted medium brown color to the flour.  The darker the color, the more deep and nutty the flavor will be, but you don’t want it so dark brown that it tastes burnt.


We used toblerone chocolate in our cookies.  Toblerone is a Swiss made chocolate with honey and almond nugget inside.  The Swiss are known for their quality chocolate.  Using Toblerone chocolate in these cookies is such a yummy addition. You can use regular Toblerone, or mini Toblerone bars in this recipe. If you don’t have Toblerone though, you can substitute any chocolate you like, or chocolate chips.  If you prefer dark chocolate you can use it, or milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate depending on your personal preference.

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Yield: 48

Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup fruit sugar
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 lb Toblerone Chocolate


    1. To brown the all purpose flour, spread it evenly on an ungreased baking sheet and put it in the oven about 4-5 inches from the top, on broil. Watch it at all times, so it doesn't burn but is browned. Turn the flour with a spatula several times to brown it on all sides. Let cool, and then sift into a large bowl.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the room temperature butter and fruit sugar and beat until fluffy.
    3. Add in the sifted browned flour, and rice flour to the butter mixture and combine until the dough comes together. Stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times, and taking care not to over mix the dough.
    4. Chop the pieces of Toblerone candy bar into large chunks about the size of a sugar cube, and mix the chopped Toblerone into the cookie dough, until it's evenly distributed.
    5. Spoon tablespoons of batter onto a cookie sheet and bake at 300F for 50-60 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack, and store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
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I hope you will try these amazing shortbread cookies with chunks of Toblerone and that they’ll become a family favourite of yours too.  They’re our favourite cookie especially during the holiday season.  Christmas eve these are the perfect delicious cookies to leave out for Santa.

Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour close up.With Toblerone Shortbread Cookies with Browned Flour, life really is a party!

More Christmas Recipe Inspiration

And today I’m joined by some friends who are also sharing their amazing holiday recipes with you!

How to Make Mulled Wine (Glühwein Recipe) at The Happy Housie
DIY Colonial Gingerbread House at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Christmas Wreath Veggie Pizza at Clean & Scentsible
Homemade Egg Nog at Town and Country Living
Easy Holiday Appetizer at Rooms FOR Rent

Secret Ingredient Gingerbread Cookies at Jenna Kate at Home
Snowball Cookies at Finding Silver Pennies
Easy Gluten Free Shortbread with White Chocolate and Toffee at Home Made Lovely
Brown Butter Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Ganache
The Best One Hour Orange Rolls at Summer Adams Designs

Cake Mix Quick Bread Recipe at On Sutton Place
Best Waffle Recipe Ever at The DIY Mommy
The Most Chocolatey Hot Chocolate Cookies at A Pretty Life
Eggnog Bread Recipe at Tauni Everett
Instant Pot Ham at TIDBITS Marci

Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour at Life is a Party
Spicy Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies at Modern Glam
Christmas Tree Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Toppers at The Turquoise Home
Easy Creme Brule for the Holidays at Hallstrom Home


  1. Oh my, these cookies look so delicious…Toblerone and shortbread together, YES. And I’m so curious about the toasted flour, I really need to try this!

  2. Krista,
    Thanks so much -such busy weeks this time of year, but now I’m enjoying the fruits of my labour and eating all the cookies. 😉

  3. Jo-Anna, thanks so much. They’re first cookie to be almost gone out of all five I made, so that must mean something. 😉
    Best, Dannyelle

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