Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 3, 2021


Print This Post Print This Post Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies have a secret -- olive oil + butter! -- and a super-satisfying crunch from coarse sugar on top. This is the grown-up cookie you want.

Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies have a secret — olive oil + butter! — and a super-satisfying crunch from coarse sugar on top. This is the grown-up cookie you want.

I’m on a bit of a shortbread kick….well, probably for my whole life, but who is counting? It’s just such an easy cookie to make, with a big flavor payoff. Flour, sugar, butter….that’s basically it. I often add an extract or some other flavoring, because I like to tweak recipes like that, but it’s basically a simple recipe.

This Rich Chocolate Shortbread version is enriched with high-quality cocoa, and has a mixture of butter and light-flavored olive oil, for the best of both worlds. I’m a big fan of baking with olive oil. I keep two kinds in the pantry — an extra-light flavored version to bake with, and a full-bodied version for the skillet.

Fingers hold a piece of Chocolate Shortbread with more cookies out of focus on the white plate on ShockinglyDelicious.com

How to make Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

It’s easy! Flour, sugar, some kind of fat…shortbread is a breeze.

Ingredients for Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies on a white marble counter on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Assemble your ingredients, as with any recipe. This is a good practice to get into. For this recipe, we are using

  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Dark cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Coarse sugar crystals for garnish

Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookie dough held by a hand above a white marble counter top on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Mix up the dough. I do it with an electric mixer (I’m lazy that way), but you could do it by hand of course.A fork pokes the Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookie dough on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then pat or roll out and poke with a fork.A hand sprinkles Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookie dough with coarse sugar on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Sprinkle with coarse sugar crystals.Coarse sugar coats top of Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookie dough on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Don’t be afraid to lay it on!Chocolate Shortbread Cookies baked and out of oven on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Here it is baked and out of the oven.Cut Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are shown on a textured silicone baking sheet on ShockinglyDelicious.comCut while warm. I used the edge of a spatula to cut them so I don’t slice my silicone baking mat with a knife.

Let’s make Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies!

Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Rich Chocolate Shortbread Cookies have a secret -- olive oil + butter! -- and a super-satisfying crunch from coarse sugar on top. This is the grown-up cookie you want.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup extra light-flavor olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4. 5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened premium dark cocoa (I used Divine Chocolate Cocoa)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: Coarse sugar crystals for sprinkling on top

Directions

  1. Turn oven to 325F degrees. Place a silicone mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Place sugar, butter, olive oil and vanilla in a bowl, and mix well. I use an electric mixer to do this, but you may do it by hand.
  3. Stir in flour, cocoa and salt.
  4. Remove from bowl, pat into a square, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from refrigerator and place dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. Press dough into an 8 x 5-inch rectangle, about 3/4-inch thick. Poke top surface with a fork. Sprinkle top liberally with coarse sugar. Bake for 30 minutes. Dough will be set.
  6. Remove from oven, allow the pan to cool for about 10 minutes, and then cut with a spatula into 24 pieces. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Makes 24 cookies.

Notes

Recipe source: Lightly adapted from Cooking Light, Nov. 2008

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Looking for more shortbread? Try this Lemon Shortbread

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This recipe was originally published Oct. 13, 2019 and has been refreshed and republished today.


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