Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

photo of a stack of Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

These chocolate shortbread cookies are crumbly, buttery and practically melt in your mouth. They aren’t overly sweet either, which is how I like my shortbread cookies. I’ve made several versions over the years, including Chocolate Chip Espresso Shortbread, and I never get tired of them. There are so many ways to change up shortbread and this chocolate version is a new favorite.

I thought I’d take a break from my usual photography style and practice some darker food photography again, especially since Mr. K bought me a lot of new photo studio equipment for Christmas. He bought me a stand that I can use to hang backdrops or sheets when I need to filter out some light and he also got me a grip which I can use for holding objects like when I’m trying to shoot spoons in mid-air. Now that I think about it, I think the gifts were as much for him as they were for me because I was always asking him to hold a sheet to filter out light, or hold the spoon steady so I can take the picture.
photo of three stacks of Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
I actually made these a few weeks ago, all the way back in 2014, but haven’t gotten around to posting them until now. Is anyone else feeling particularly sluggish at the start of 2015?

Normally, I’m full of renewed energy and resolutions when I start off a new year, but it’s not happening this year. I think part of it was because I went on my New Orleans vacation a week after the start of the year. But I’m noticing that I’m not the only one. Usually, my yoga class is absolutely packed that first week back from the holidays, but it’s been surprisingly empty.
close-up photo of a stack of four Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
It’s been a few weeks since I baked a real dessert, but I’m starting to find inspiration again. I hope to bake up some desserts this weekend And if you’re looking for an easy recipe, this is a good one. Plus it’s eggless and eggs have been really expensive lately.


Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These chocolate shortbread cookies are crumbly, buttery and practically melt in your mouth. They aren't overly sweet either, which is how I like my shortbread cookies.


  • 8 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder


  1. In a stand mixer, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth. Beat in vanilla, then reduce mixer speed to low and add flour and cocoa powder, mixing only until it disappears into the dough. 

  2. Gather dough and place in between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll the dough into a rectangle shape that’s 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.

  3. Once the dough is firm, preheat the oven to 325°F. Cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch rectangles. Bake the cookies for 18 to 20 minutes.


Recipe adapted from Use Real Butter

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12 comments on “Chocolate Shortbread Cookies”

  1. Hahah I like how Mr. K’s gifts were at the same time self serving but very generous and thoughtful. The shortbread looks great against the dark slate background!! Love chocolate shortbread over vanilla too 🙂

  2. Love a classic shortbread cookie.. these chocolate cookies just look SO delicious!

  3. Mmm, these taste delicious! I had a hard time keeping little hands out of the mixture, since it still tasted nice before cooking. However, I am glad they left enough to cook, since these taste wonderful!

  4. I love these!! Chocolate shortbread is perfect. And you know, my gym was packed on Jan 2. Since then? Empty!

  5. About how many would this make?

  6. These look great. Does it have to be Dutch process or can it be natural unsweetened?

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