Chocolate Shortbread

This Chocolate Shortbread recipe makes buttery, extra chocolaty cookies that are crisp at the edges with a rich flavor and melty texture.

Looking for traditional shortbread? I have a great Classic Shortbread Recipe that is fantastic AND it’s only 3 ingredients!

My Chocolate Shortbread Recipe Is For the True Chocolate Lover!

Let me tell you, I LOVE this recipe. It is over the top extra chocolaty and I am obsessed. I have too many times had a chocolate cookie that has just a hint of chocolate flavor, typically being very light in color…and of course that’s fine, but it isn’t what I’m looking for when I want something to cure my chocolate craving.

Today’s Chocolate Shortbread Recipe is absolutely the chocolate cookie if you love chocolate. It’s delicious, easy to make, and honestly the perfect chocolate cookie ever.

Chocolate Shortbread Dipped in chocolate and sprinkles

My Shortbread Is a Classic Slice and Bake Recipe

The beauty of this cookie recipe is that while it is simple to make it makes a big impact. You can dress them up or enjoy them in their original simplicity.

I love adding mini chocolate chips to my recipe, but you can leave them out if you prefer…or use some of these other ideas…

Here Are Some Ideas On How To Take Your Chocolate Shortbread To The Next Level

  • Dip them in either melted chocolate or white chocolate
  • Use festive sprinkles on the melted chocolate, which look especially pretty on a holiday platter!
  • Sprinkle them with flaked sea salt when they come out of the oven for a salty/sweet kick!
  • Make a half batch of buttercream frosting and create your own Homemade Oreo Cookies!
  • Add in finely chopped dried cherries into the cookie dough for a chocolate covered cherry spin!
Homemade Oreo Cookies with chocolate shortbread

How To Make Chocolate Shortbread

This is a great make ahead cookie recipe. I know at the holidays when you’re baking tons of different types of cookie recipes it’s nice to have some where you can make the dough ahead.

This dough is made with all cocoa powder, which makes it quite easy. If you want an even deeper chocolate flavor use Dutch Process or Special Dark cocoa powder. I don’t find it needs the extra dark, as I generally make it with just regular unsweetened cocoa powder, but the level of intensity is up to you!

Prepare the easy cookie dough in advance and then wrap it in cling wrap to chill. When you’re ready, slice it and bake it!

How To Make Chocolate Shortbread

I make these and enjoy one with a cup of coffee. It’s a real treat for me, especially when I’m craving a sweet treat, but don’t want to overdo it!

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Chocolate Shortbread

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 27 minutes plus chill time
  • Yield Yield: 20 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


This subtly sweet chocolate shortbread is rich, packed with chocolate and perfect with a cup of coffee!



  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Turn mixer to low and add in the salt and cocoa powder. Mix for 15 seconds and then turn mixer up to medium and mix for 30 more seconds until the cocoa powder is evenly combined.
  3. Turn mixer back down to low and add in the flour and chocolate chips, mixing just until dough comes together and the flour is no longer visible.
  4. Place an 18- inch piece of plastic wrap on your counter. Place the dough onto the plastic wrap and using your hands form the dough into a 12-inch log. Wrap the dough tightly in the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  6. Unwrap the dough and slice it into approximately 1/2- inch pieces. Lay the cookies flat on the baking sheet and bake for 16-18 minutes, until set.
  7. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Nutrition Information:

1 cookie
7.2 g
60 mg
10.6 g
15.8 g
1.7 g
24.4 mg

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Danielle Payne
Feb 15, 2021 11:24 am

These are the wrong texture, I followed directions perfectly and they crumbled and fell apart. They should use powdered sugar instead of regular sugar.

Oct 18, 2020 4:54 pm

These are not consistent with shortbread cookies – texture, flavour, etc. You need confections sugar rather than granulated.

Feb 12, 2020 10:49 am

I like the flavor of these, a lot, but I found them a bit too salty (I used salted butter — it didn’t specify), and the texture seemed a bit greasy/grainy to me. I would use only 1/4 tsp of salt, and I would experiment with confectioner’s sugar rather than granulated sugar to see if it improved the texture.

Danielle Payne
Feb 15, 2021 11:25 am
Reply to  Jen

The texture is way too grainy from the sugar. It needs to be powdered sugar.

Feb 4, 2020 10:42 am

Hi Shelly,
I was just wondering can I make these about 3-4 days ahead of time and leave on refrigerator before I slice and bake them?

Jan 26, 2020 1:59 pm

Can I roll out the dough to use cookie cutters instead of rolling into a log? Thank you!

Dec 17, 2019 4:06 pm

A 12″ roll cut into 1/4″ slices would yield 48 cookies.
Recipe states 20 cookies. What am I missing?

Dec 11, 2019 7:48 am

Love the chocolatey flavor of this cookie recipe. I only had superfine sugar in my pantry instead of granulated. Dough was very soft and could not be rolled into a log. It spread a bit more than I wanted and was very, very delicate; fell apart easily. Was able to reshape hot cookie into rectangle right out of the oven using a spatula. Allowed to rest on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack. Still loved the flavor though! I probably should have measured less superfine sugar in this recipe. I really liked the hint of coarse salt in the… Read more »

Beth R
Dec 3, 2019 12:06 pm

I am going to make these and love the idea of the melted chocolate and sprinkles. Do use a specific chocolate to melt? Do you have to add anything for it to set? Thanks!

Dec 3, 2019 9:45 am

These look awesome. Do you think the dough could be frozen and baked later?

Dec 3, 2019 8:04 am

These look soooo good and I’m really tempted with the homemade Oreo! What brand of cocoa powder do you use? I find that the colors can vary so much between brands and I’ve ended up with too many reddish colored baked goods because of the cocoa powder. I want to make sure I get that gorgeous dark, dark color like yours!

janet fried
Dec 3, 2019 8:37 am
Reply to  Vanessa

can you freeze these cookies?

Dec 3, 2019 7:58 am

Can I use Self-Rising Flour or Bisquik instead of the All-Purpose Flour?

Jan 8, 2021 6:13 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Is all purpose called plain flour ?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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