Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

These chocolate shortbread cookies have been my afternoon snack for many days over the last year when I was bent over the computer working on the book and needed to treat myself to something sweet. Baked goods here in America are very unhealthy on average, so I try to avoid them, but I can’t do without a cookie or two (or three …) now and then, so I started baking these chocolate shortbread cookies at home.

chocolate shortcrust cookies

The advantage of these chocolate cookies is that they are quick and easy, certainly healthier than the packaged ones, and not too sweet, but they satisfy my chocolate craving very efficiently. The flaw, of course, is that you can’t eat just a single cookie, and before you notice, you finish the whole batch!

My friend Isabella gave me this recipe, but the source is “La cucina di Calycanthus”, by Maite and Marie, a delightful website you should check out if you can read Italian.

Frollini al cacao

Chocolate shortbread cookies

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Colazione
Cuisine Italiana


  • 225 g all-purpose flour
  • 25 g cocoa
  • 125 g sugar
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • sugar for decorating


  • Preheat the oven to 180° C and line a tray with parchment paper.
  • Place cocoa powder, sugar and flour in a medium mixing bowl, and add the chilled butter.
    225 g all-purpose flour, 25 g cocoa, 125 g sugar, 125 g butter
  • With your palms facing upwards, use your fingertips to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles sand. Add the egg, mix and knead well on a lightly floured, cool benchtop.
    1 egg
  • Shape the pastry into a disc, wrap well in cling film and place in the fridge for 1 hour to rest.
  • On a piece of parchment paper, roll the dough to a thickness of 3 mm, then cut out the cookies. If you don't mind the extra sugar, sprinkle the cookies with extra sugar - it makes them prettier!
    sugar for decorating
  • Place the cookies in the prepared tray and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Store in a tin box or an airtight container.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

No gluten? No problem, forget these shortbread cookies and try my indulgent flourless chocolate cookies instead.

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  1. Have you ever made these without butter? What parve alternative would you use?