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Homemade Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

This recipe has been in my files for a long time...probably from when I first learned to bake. Any chocolate lover will like these melt-in-your-mouth cookies. I make them year-round with variations. They're even richer with a thin coat of icing or as a sandwich cookie with frosting in the middle. —Sarah Bueckert, Austin, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons baking cocoa


  • 1. In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, sugar and cocoa; add to creamed mixture. Beat until dough holds together, about 3 minutes.
  • 2. Pat into a 9x4-in. rectangle. Cut into 2x1-1/2-in. strips. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Prick with a fork.
  • 3. Bake at 300° for 20-25 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: about 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 127 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2017

"Really nice shortbread cookie. Nice flavour and melts in your mouth. I drizzled melted dark and melted white chocolate on the top after they cooled off. Definitely a make again."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2017

"I love shortbread, and this recipe has earned a permanent spot in my collection! However, I also found it to be too crumbly to even attempt to roll out. I simply added another tablespoon of melted butter, and it was much much better! These are very rich and wonderful with a hot cup of coffee!"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"My family loves shortbread cookies. I doubled the recipe, using about 4 tablespoons of the cocoa. These are delicious cookies. Just a note, when the recipe says to beat until dough holds together, that will take at least the 3 minutes indicated in the recipe. It does look like crumbs at first, but you have to keep beating for at least the full 3 minutes. This shortbread is delicious."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"I've made this recipe twice now, both times with about 3/4 cup of chocolate chips added to the dough. The first time I also had problems getting the dough to stick together; I finally squeezed it with my hands until it went from crumbs to dough (the mixer couldn't do it). The second time I added the dry ingredients bit by bit and it worked better, but then I only scored the rectangle of dough before I baked it, without separating the pieces. I don't recommend doing that, because the outside edge pieces got over-browned before the center ones got baked. Next time I'll separate the pieces again. All in all, we really enjoyed the shortbread."

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I make this at Christmas and for tea parties. It is not overly sweet- so sometimes I will dip one end in dark or white chocolate-or sprinkle the top with coarse sugar. It the dough is too crumbly, you may have to knead it a little bit till it holds together- typical of shortbread."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I love chocolate shortbread and this is my absolute favorite. It's easy, fast and delicious!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"It was like an ingredient was missing. I followed the directions to the "T" - kept looking to see if I was doing it right. I finally pressed it into the pan - then it said cut in pieces then put on baking sheet. It was impossible to cut as it was powder - so I baked it in the 9x4 pan in one piece. Havent taken it out of the pan - still cooling but on the other hand it smells good. We will not waste it but eat it with a spoon. Sorry to report this - - was making it to take to my Sunday School class in the morning to have with coffee as we have the lesson."

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