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Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate shortbread cookies, also known as everyone’s favorite cookie.

Neapolitan shortbread sandwiches. 

Sounds interesting? 

This chocolate shortbread cookie was going to be a part of that. 


Everyone, I mean my kids, their friends, our friends, kids around our neighborhood.

Did I say everyone?

Loved, loved, loved these plain shortbreads so much, I realized that this cookie deserved it’s own glory.

More cookies–

cardamom shortbread cookies

Lemon Cookies with Almond Flour

Three ingredient Almond Butter Cookies

Whole wheat walnut shortbread cookies

Almond Joy Cookies

Black and white sesame shortbreads

Skill level – Easy

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies


1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 


1. Into a large bowl, add butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract. Beat with a hand held electric beater on high speed, for 1 minute. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt. Continue to beat (start on low speed and increase to high), until the dough comes just together. 

2. Shape the dough into a smooth disc, place on a piece of parchment paper and place another piece of parchment on top. Roll with a rolling pin to slightly less than 1/4-inch thickness. Place the dough (along with parchment papers) on a baking sheet and place in refrigerator for at least 5 hours (or up to 1 day).

3. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

4. Remove cookie dough from the refigerator, remove top parchment, and cut into 2-inch squares using a fluted cookie cutter or pastry cutter or knife. Gently transfer dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet, spacing about an inch apart. (If your kitchen is warm or cookie dough  feels a little soft, then place the baking sheet back in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes).

5. Place baking sheet in the middle of the oven and bake for 25 minutes. 

6. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Makes about 20 cookies 

Store cookies in an airtight container for several days. 

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Indu M

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Hi there can you roll the dough into a log and cut into circle and bake. Thank you

Maria Doss

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Hi Indu, I'm sorry to say that these donuts are not as good baked when compared to the deep fried ones. Here is a popular baked donut recipe from another blog, if interested - Hope it helps, Maria

Bumin Jang

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

I made these today and they were super easy to make! Very buttery and melt in your mouth good - my husband loved it that I may not have any to give away for the holidays!

Thank you!

Katherine | Love In My Oven

Saturday 10th of June 2017

These look and sound amazing! I can totally see why they got devoured. I guess (fortunately for you) you'll have to make another batch!!

Maria Doss

Saturday 10th of June 2017

Thank you Katherine, have a great weekend:)

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Shortbread is easily one of my favorite cookies. I've never made chocolate before though! These sound delicious!

Maria Doss

Friday 9th of June 2017

Thank you Kelsie:)

Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess

Thursday 8th of June 2017

LOVE! They look amazing Maria!!

Maria Doss

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Thank you so much dear:)