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chocolate cookies on a platter with drizzles white chocolate and green and red sprinkles

Holiday Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

  • Author: hungrygirlinqueens
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Cookies


Rich and delicious Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are a must for this Holiday Season. The batter is easy to make in advance and decorating them can be a fun project to do with children.


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup Dutch process cocoa
  • ¼ cup black cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, optional
  • Sprinkles or crushed candy canes, optional



  1. Cream together butter and sugar with a paddle attachment for a good 4-5 minutes. If using a Stand mixer, may need to periodically stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. 
  2. Add both sifted cocoa powders and flour, salt and vanilla and combine with a spatula. 
  3. Use the spatula to scrape all of the dough from the bowl and place it onto a sheet of parchment paper. 
  4. Take the parchment paper and gently roll the dough into a log shape. Roll the ends of the parchment paper so the log is covered completely. 
  5. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. 
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Remove the cookie dough og form the fridge and cut into 1/2 inch slices and lay evenly on a lined baking sheet.
  8. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. 
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 
  10. Melt white chocolate in the microwave at 15 second intervals (removing and mixing with a spoon or small spatula) until melted. 
  11. Use a fork to drizzle lines across to dip half the cookie in white chocolate
  12. Decorate with sprinkles or crushed candy canes and enjoy!

Keywords: chocolate, cookies, shortbread, black cocoa, holiday cookies, chocolate cookies