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Frosted Chocolate Shortbread

I was introduced to these cookies by a friendly neighbor who brought them over the cold winter day we moved into our new home. Christmas cookies have never tasted so good or looked so good.—Deb Nixon, Paris, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 1-3/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Colored sprinkles, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cornstarch, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Press into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Cut into 1-1/2-in. x 1-in. squares. In a small bowl, whisk the confectioners' sugar, cocoa and water until smooth. Frost cookies; decorate with sprinkles if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 106 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • shecooksalot
    Jan 16, 2013

    This rating is not a reflection of the taste, because the shortbread was delicious. However, it was very difficult to spread the frosting on the shortbread because it was so crumbly. Hopefully someone else has better luck with this recipe!