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Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you! Cookied out from the holidays? Not me! You can start that diet tomorrow.

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I like simple ingredients that turn out to be something wonderful – like these chocolate shortbread cookies. They’ve got a total of 4 ingredients, yes just four. And the taste? Well, I’ll leave that for you to decide. As far as I’m concerned, they are yum to the tenth power. 

Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • With an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy.
  • Add flour, sugar, and cocoa; mix just until combined. (Chill dough in the refrigerator 10 minutes if it is too soft to handle.)
  • Pat dough into an 8-inch round cake pan; press edges down with the tines of a floured fork.
  • Bake until firm, 30 minutes.
  • Immediately score into eight wedges; cool completely.
  • Turn out of pan; break wedges apart. Decorate with icing if you please!

As a shortbread fan, I knew adding chocolate would be the pièce de ré·sis·tance! If you are looking for a sweet cookie, this one is not for you. The sugar dances gingerly in this cookie. It’s present, but not over the top. It’s more about the chocolate.

That punch of chocolate flavor is your first experience when biting into this cookie. And that’s exactly what I was after. Rich and chocolatey, it comforts and soothes the palate with its buttery goodness.

These chocolate shortbreads are a cookie, yet they aren’t. They are a cookie-cake-ish kinda thing. No, they are not brownies and to me, don’t taste anything like a brownie really. OK, so here we go! 

Cream your butter!

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Add flour, sugar, and cocoa!

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Oh yeah…we’re getting there. 

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

You get two trays from this recipe.

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Baked to perfection!

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

We have arrived! 

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

There it is. Chocolate Shortbread perfection! 

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

A side view of this delicious slice of heaven! 

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Of course, I got first dibs!

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Now, it’s your turn!

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  1. Looks soooo good. Your recipes leave me wanting to try them all!

    Would you consider submitting any of them for re-run on Midlife Boulevard? Let me know. I’d love to have you!

  2. Those look amazing! Shortbread and chocolate are two of my favorites, so this is a win win!

  3. Chocolate shortbread! Now these look really different. My family would love me if I made these..I have to go check if I have all the ingredients in stock and make a list.

  4. HI Andrea, I’m so glad you liked them. They are so easy to make and OMG tastes so good. Sure, I’d love to post them. Just let me know what you need from me. thanks much and Happy New Year!

  5. Hi Angela, yes, and they were the best shortbread cookies I’ve ever had. I love that punch of chocolate! I hope you get to make them and enjoy them too. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  6. Hi Ellen, Oh yes! Perfect for a dinner party. You can add a touch of icing to the top as well. I love shortbread and with the chocolate, oh lala! Happy New Years to you and yours! xo

  7. Happy New Year to you too! Yes, I believe I will be making them for my kiddos. They will love them!

  8. Four ingredient chocolate shortbread cookie recipe? Yes please!

    I can’t believe how easy these are to make. They look delicious as well! Overall, I’m not the most patient when it comes to baking, so the easier the recipe, the better for me!

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