Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross
2 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)

This rich chocolate shortbread recipe is easy to prepare and keeps for several days in an airtight container. Because this mixture is already dark, it's hard to tell when the shortbread browns. Check your oven temperature using an oven thermometer, and bake just until the shortbread is set.

How to Make It

Step 1

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

Step 2

Place sugar, butter, and oil in a medium bowl; mix with hands until combined. Add flour mixture, and mix with hands until combined; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 4

Place dough on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; press dough into an 8 x 5–inch rectangle about 3/8-inch thick. Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or just until set. Cut shortbread into 24 pieces. Cool completely.

Step 5

Lemon Shortbread: You can also use grated orange rind in place of lemon. A little bit of cornstarch ensures a short texture in the cookies. Substitute 3 tablespoons cornstarch for the unsweetened cocoa. Add 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind to flour mixture. Knead dough lightly 4 times or just until smooth before chilling. Bake 30 minutes or just until set and edges are golden.

Step 6

CALORIES 74 (58% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 7g, mono 2g, poly 8g); PROTEIN 6g; CARB 5g; FIBER 2g; CHOL 6mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 42mg; CALC 2mg

Step 7

Brown Sugar Shortbread: Using light brown sugar yields sweet treats with caramel notes. These double easily; just bake each batch separately for the best results.

Step 8

Use a total of 5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups), and substitute 3 tablespoons cornstarch for the cocoa. Omit powdered sugar and oil, and use 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar and 7 tablespoons butter (total), softened. Sprinkle dough with 1 1/2 teaspoons ice water; knead dough lightly 4 times or just until smooth. Bake for 25 minutes or just until set and edges are golden.

Step 9

CALORIES 74 (41% from fat); FAT 4g (sat 1g, mono 9g, poly 2g); PROTEIN 7g; CARB 4g; FIBER 2g; CHOL 9mg; IRON 4mg; SODIUM 50mg; CALC 6mg

Ratings & Reviews

jnjhill's Review

March 04, 2009
Perhaps I did something wrong, but these tasted burnt.

KJDragonfly's Review

May 05, 2009
Really, really good. Not too sweet though, if you are looking for sweet. The texture is perfect. I rolled mine a bit thiner (about 8x8) and cut them while they were warm. They crumble, but that is OK, because they taste really good!

JaneneRenee's Review

February 09, 2012

Jessie123's Review

August 17, 2009
These are perfect shortbread, such a good chocolate flavor. The brown sugar shortbread is also very good. I use a mixer instead of my hands (otherwise it gets messy). Very easy and tasty.

Terrylady1's Review

July 06, 2010
I really enjoyed this cookie. Very simple to make with on hand ingredients. I would definetly make a double batch. Paired ver nicely with the brown sugar shortbread.

Eliznapoli's Review

February 09, 2012
I made the lemon variation, and added a little thyme and black pepper. However, after taking them out of the oven, they were the same height as they were going in. They did not rise at all! 30 minutes was far, far, far, too long! At 20 and 25 min, they were still thin, but definitely not done on top. Still not burned, but at 26 minutes, it was all over! They tasted like burnt shortbread, but no other flavors. I might try again - maybe with other ingredients that will cause them to rose a bit - and maybe not burn!! I really want these to work!!