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Chocolate Shortbread

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  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Serves 8
Chocolate Shortbread

Source: Everyday Food, October 2005


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Simple Icing


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. With an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add flour, sugar, and cocoa; mix just until combined. (Chill dough in the refrigerator 10 minutes if it is too soft to handle.)

  2. Pat dough into an 8-inch round cake pan; press edges down with the tines of a floured fork. Bake until firm, 30 minutes. Immediately score into eight wedges; cool completely. Turn out of pan; break wedges apart. Decorate with icing .

Reviews (69)

  • scrodwaffle 29 Nov, 2014

    This recipe left us a little less than impressed, but it has found new Life as sidewalk chalk. The grandkids loved it!

  • gbstover07 2 Dec, 2012

    Wonderful flavor and super easy recipe. I've made it about 3 or 4 times and it's always simply delcious. The two men in my life enjoy this. And I don't add any icing. It is delicious without it. Thanks, Martha, you are my hero!

  • hsocken 17 Jul, 2012

    Really delicious flavour... very subtle, but nice. I didn't bother with the icing.
    I'm not sure if I went wrong somewhere, but the cookie consistency after baking was a little soft and chewy. It was really good, just I'm not sure if that's what is supposed to happen with shortbread cookies.

  • TheTamIAm 30 Dec, 2010

    This is just what I was looking for! I added 1 Tablespoon of milk. I scored them into 16 pieces rather than 8 and spread them with melted chocolate mint pieces. *yummy

  • crafty1124 3 Nov, 2010

    Please oh Please if Gale is listening could I also have your short bread recipe, OR if anyone else has it could you please send to

    Thank you


  • JaneRW 19 Apr, 2010

    Very tasty. This turns out great, but it's not very sweet, and reminiscent of dark chocolate. It is kind of "one note". (I do not favor the idea of icing, but I did not try it. Instead I sunk a chocolate chip in the center of each cut piece and that was good.) But next time I will add a drizzle of orange glaze on top of these. The glaze would add a bit of sweetness, complementary orange flavor, and also a bit of "wetness" to offset the sandy shortbread texture.

  • helenh 13 Oct, 2009

    We need to send out a search party for GAIL. Now that we are in search of the great shortbread recipe. HELP!

  • DebbieDurham 12 Oct, 2009

    WOW! I've never seen such a response! Gale - If you are out there PLEASE post your recipe here or else you've got a lot of emails to answer. :) I'd like your recipe also. The candy corn suggestion walkokd2 posted (just before me) had also come to mind when I saw the picture of these.

  • walkokd2 12 Oct, 2009

    Me too! I saw this recipe and I want to attempt dipping the wedges into first, melted white chocolate, then some melted orange chocolate disks, and voila candy corn! But first I think I need Gale's recipe! Can I be included please? Thank you!
    Kate <3

  • sylvianachbor 12 Oct, 2009

    Hi Gale: I too would love to have your recipe. Thank you in advance.

  • channeltool 11 Oct, 2009

    Hi Gale...I would love to be sent your shortbread recipe. Thank you

  • childofhistory 11 Oct, 2009

    Gale, I would love to have your shortbread recipe as well if you are willing to share?

  • maq 11 Oct, 2009

    Hi Gale,,,,please include me as well for you shortbread recipe.

  • 1950cookielady 11 Oct, 2009

    Gale, can you please share your awesome recipe with me?

  • Judyphalen_10966809_229 11 Oct, 2009

    Did anyone get Gale's recipe??

  • amer7117 11 Oct, 2009

    Gale, Your recipe looks very popular! My grandparents were born in Scotland and I would love your recipe also. Thank you!

  • CathyChiz 11 Oct, 2009

    Please, please can my email be added to the growing list for Gale's shortbread recipe. I would love to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thank you Gale or anyone who has the recipe for sending it to me at

  • kricht2000 11 Oct, 2009

    Could someone send me Gale's recipe?

  • loricat 15 Feb, 2009

    lol. Chocolate shortbread can be very dry. I would love the recipe too,Gale.

  • vandegrc 24 Dec, 2008

    Gale, may I have your recipe, please?

    Thank you!

  • ajmagda72 15 Dec, 2008

    Is it possible to get Gale's recipe too? My email is
    Thank you!!

  • rhodesian 8 Dec, 2008

    Wish I had read these comments before making this. Mine was very try and delicate. Broke in several places and was almost impossible to ice.

  • guamie 7 Dec, 2008


    I was searching for a good shortbread recipe and it seems that everyone wants your recipe. Would you mind sending me your recipe? Send to


  • LJ716 3 Dec, 2008

    Gale, it seems that your recipe is in high demand. Please post it for us in time for the holidays or add kindly email it to me also Thanks and "Happy Holidays" to everyone

  • tazz95304 18 Nov, 2008

    I was just reading the list of comments about wanting Gale's recipe for shortbread, PLEASE if anyone has gotten the recipe yet I would kindly like a copy emailed to me also, would greatly be appreciated....thanks e1

  • MargoAnders 16 Nov, 2008

    Me too, me too! I love shortbread but don't hae a good chocolate recipe.
    It would be much appreciated!

  • jackiestarbucks 16 Nov, 2008

    To all of you that read my post, my e-mail is

  • jackiestarbucks 16 Nov, 2008

    Ok, after going through this comment board, Gale or anyone that has heard from Gale, could you please forward the recipe. Thank You and HHB (Happy Holiday Baking)

  • Tkitty 13 Nov, 2008

    Dear CO life is good-
    Thank you for the steps to print w/o ads. I have always just used the print button at the top of the recipe, and haven't had trouble until recently. But, I will try the highlight method. Thank you!

  • lspenn 13 Nov, 2008

    Could you please add me to your recipe sending list.
    Sweet Pea

  • pauligirl 13 Nov, 2008

    If you don't mind Gale, can you send your chocolate shortbread recipe to me also - thanks in

  • cbau 12 Nov, 2008

    Me Too Gale!

  • gammyof3sc 12 Nov, 2008

    Hey Gale-- Can I have the reciipe too ? AT

  • MAGGISMITH 12 Nov, 2008

    Gale, add me to the list. THANKS

  • maria-daphne 12 Nov, 2008

    Hi Gale-

    My email is I'd love the recipe. thanks, Maria-Daphne

  • Queenlalisa 10 Nov, 2008

    Ok Gale, I guess I want the recipe too! LOL all of you ladies look alike! LOL

  • Eclipse 10 Nov, 2008

    Gale, may I please have the recipe too? Thank you.

  • cathyc 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, May I have your recipe? Could use it for a Fall Bridal Shower this month! Thank you! cc

  • susiek 9 Nov, 2008

    May I please have your recipe also, Gale!!?

  • ser21842 9 Nov, 2008

    I may know what Gale's talking about: 1 C flour, 1/2 C cornstarch, 1/2 C powdered sugar, 3/4 C softened butter. For chocolate shortbread, substitute 1/4 C cocoa for 1/4 C flour. Form a single round, cut into wedges

  • GwendolynM 9 Nov, 2008

    I would love to try Gale's shortbread too : )

  • rayssquaw 9 Nov, 2008

    Would you add one more to your list, Gale? I love shortbread, and I would love to try yours!! Thank you!!

  • vafleur 9 Nov, 2008

    I would be crazy not to ask for Gale's recipe too! Shortbread will compliment the other treats I bake for Christmas!

  • Marsie 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, would like you recipe also.

  • seahorse73 9 Nov, 2008

    I too would love to see Gale's recipe. I have lost my grandmother's recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • cerulean 9 Nov, 2008

    Help! How do we get Gale's recipe as well??!!!

  • dlconroy 9 Nov, 2008

    Hi Redkimi, I would love your grandmother's recipe if possible? I used to have my grandmother's from Whales, but must have lost it. I would love to have another one. Shortbread is a favorite in our family and I haven't found one like it since. My email is

  • agerocks4 9 Nov, 2008

    Hi all, did anyone get the recipe from Gale yet? Is she going to post it? I'd love to have it, too, please! My email address is Thaaaanks!! :-)

  • Lapenskie 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale I would also love to try your recipe. Please share, thanks Barb

  • crabbylady3 9 Nov, 2008

    Hi Gale! Could you PLEASE share your shortbread recipe with me? Shortbread is one of my favorite "go to" cookies. Makes great college care packages too. Thanks - a baker in Alaska.

  • carrienepkin 9 Nov, 2008

    Ok Gale, you have made quite an impression with everyohe so i guess I need to say, " Could you share the recipe with me too?" thanks! I'll be holding my breath too! :)

  • redkimi 9 Nov, 2008

    Hi, Gale I have my Grandmas recipe for shortbread from England and would love to compare it to yours. If you would be willing to share one more time. Thank You

  • scarlettjudi 9 Nov, 2008

    OK, I want the recipe too! I LOVE a good chocolate cookie....can you share?

  • joanems 9 Nov, 2008

    To print only the recipe either click on print at the top of the recipe and/or highlight the text, hit 'contro'l and' P' and choose print 'selection' on the print menu and only the higlighted portion will print. Hope this helps.

  • dansclaudia 9 Nov, 2008

    Dear Gale:
    Have never made shortbread before and want to "do it right". I'd love your recipe, too. Thanks so much,

  • maria-daphne 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, if it isn't too much to ask, could I also have the recipe? Thanks!

  • Tkitty 9 Nov, 2008

    Wow! Yes, Gale could you please share your recipe?!! I wanted to say, that I printed some MSL recipes yesterday, and the MS Kmart ads are causing it to take both sides of the paper! So, I hand wrote this recipe. Some of the "repairs" to fix this problem, sound too complicated for me! Does anyone know an easy fix? Thanks

  • ladypeg 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale please share recipe

  • KerriK 9 Nov, 2008

    Me too Gale! I'd love to try your recipe.

  • kborduin 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, I would love that recipe as well!!! :-)

  • suzaq 9 Nov, 2008

    hummm...i am very curious about Gales shortbread recipe, can I have it too, Please?

  • graziela_mink 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, may I please have your recipe as well? I'm looking for a great chocolate shortbread recipe. Thank you in advance. :-)

  • LyndaBill 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, would you also send me your recipe? Thanks.

  • JaniceDouglas 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, I would love to try your recipe also. The best shortbread I've ever made is Martha's basic shortbread, however, shortbread is one of my all time favourites and I'm always on the lookout for new and delicious ways of making it. Thanks!

  • cielito2 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale, I also would love to see your recipe...thanks bushels,

  • sislaura 9 Nov, 2008

    Gale please share you reciipe with me, thank you, laura

  • susuandbrazen 9 Nov, 2008

    I think that this lovely looking shortbread may need more butter to bind the flour and sugar.

  • GaleTats 9 Nov, 2008

    Shortbread is dry and crumbly if you work it too much. Gentle handling of the dry ingredients into the butter is the way to go.

    My recipe is a little different, and people hold their breath til Christmas because they know they are getting cookies as gifts.

  • Pajaro 12 Jan, 2008

    Extremely dry and crumbly.

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