The Dark Chocolate Shortbread That May Make You Unsubscribe

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I love me some shortbread…you?  Wait.  Why am I even asking?  Pretty much everyone loves them some shortbread. Y-U-M!

Couple this shortbread with a steaming cup of Good For You Hot Chocolate and the angels may join you in singing HALLELURIAH!

Dark Chocolate Shortbread

Don’t they look divine?

Dark Chocolate Shortbread

While I was expecting a sturdier shortbread, because when I hear the word shortbread I think of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies (to die!), these are most decidedly not sturdy nor overly sweet.

Garry, one of my most devoted taste-testers, hated these.  He thought they were going to be sweet.  Nope.  He thought they were going to be brownie-esque.  Nope.  He refused to consider them with coffee.  Matter-of-fact, he told me if I published this recipe, I should prepare for reader backlash and unsubscribes.  BACKLASH!  UNSUBSCRIBES!  Calm down, man!

In retrospect, for folks like Garry, I think they would be more suited as an accompaniment to ice cream or with a warm bowl of pudding.

I made them as directed, cut them when warm and then let them cool completely before photographing them.  Even then they were delicate little slips of their sturdy butter shortbread cousins.  Doesn’t mean they’re not worth making, I’m simply making you aware before you plunge into the dark chocolate end of the pool.

I did a lot of nibbling while taking the pics.  I must confess, the wedges made me joyously happy.  Or maybe that was the healthy endorphins from the cocoa kicking in!


Easy Chocolate Shortbread


  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350°
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa and salt.
  3. Beat butter until smooth, then add sugar. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add flour mixture and beat until combined.
  5. Pat dough into an ungreased 8-inch springform pan.(1)
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until firm.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then cut into wedges.(2)
  8. Let cool completely.
  9. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving.


1: Using a springform pan will allow you easy access to shortbread when the time comes to cut into wedges.

2: I used a pizza cutter for ease. When the shortbread is warm, it cuts very easily.

3: The shortbread is not as sturdy as most shortbreads until it is completely cool and even then it is delicate.

4: Best when accompanied with a cup of coffee or tea.

Adapted from Martha Stewart's Mocha Shortbread Wedges

Because the recipe is heavy on cocoa, I almost called them heart-healthy.  KIDDING!  Seriously, though…they did make my heart sing and that has to account for some form of health, right?

Dark Chocolate Shortbread

They would make a simple, yet elegant gift (you know someone who would love these, right?).  Or…you could stash them in your freezer like I did for a dark chocolate shortbread emergency.  Doesn’t happen often, but when you need a lift, when you need to commune with the angels, there they are, waiting to ease your troubles.  (Take a bite, count to 10 as you wait for the cocoa to fully hit your system and then you can handle anything, baby.)

Happy Baking, Y’all.

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  1. My hubby loves shortbread and I usually make a bunch this time of year, but I’ve never heard of making it dark chocolate. I like your recipe since I know some shortbread recipes aren’t actually shortbread and they add in eggs and other things that affect the texture/taste. But your recipe looks like the read thing. I may have to give it a try. Thanks.

  2. Be still my heart! Shortbread AND chocolate? I’m there! Cancel my subscription; NO WAY!

  3. This looks wonderful – I’m in need of chocolate think this might do the trick. I love shortbread and miss it.

  4. This looks Absolutely Divine!! Adding to my baking list!!

  5. I think paired with a bowl of vanilla ice cream would be absolutely splendid! No unsubscribing here…obviously! 😉

  6. Look and sounds good

  7. LOVE your disclaimer 🙂 and I must admit I’m intrigued

  8. Looks delicious!

  9. I loooove shortbread! This chocolate shortbread just looks amazing! All month long I am featuring different holiday cookie creations for my cookie countdown to Christmas! I would love it if you stopped by to check it out! 🙂

  10. Butter and chocolate-food for the spirit. These look heavenly. Pinning!

  11. Evelyn Qualls says

    We love chocolate in this household! My DIL especially shares my love and this would make a dandy little gift for her to place in her freezer for a “chocolate attack” cure! Thank you for sharing. I love 4/5 ingredient recipes.
    Thanks and Happy New Year

  12. Oh my ! These are wonderful. Perfect for those friends who don’t like ‘sweet’. I’m now a subscriber !

  13. Just wanted to let you know we featured your chocolate shortbreads last week at the Wonderful Wednesday party!! Stop by and check out who we picked this week 🙂

  14. Haha! I wouldn’t unsubscribe. In fact, that sounds delicious–I love shortbread 🙂

  15. Thanks, Mrs. Tucker!! I always cut WAY back on sugar. You can add ice cream or something to sweeten it up, but I don’t even need that. Thanks for the recipe. Linda Crafts a la Mode


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