Recipe: Orange chocolate shortbread cookies

by Julie Snyder

Orange Chocolate ShortbreadDo you watch the stores for that first foil-wrapped chocolate orange?

This cookie combines those same flavors -- rich chocolate and sweet, tangy orange in a melt-in-your mouth shortbread.

Here's a shortbread that not only buckles your knees at the first bite but practically melts in your mouth, leaving you speechless with delight.

You'll have friends and family clamoring for the recipe, once they get their voices back.

Orange chocolate shortbread cookies

Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes | Yield: 3 dozen cookies


• 1 cup butter
• 10 tablespoons sugar
• 1 tablespoon orange extract
• 2 cups flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Preheat the oven to 325 F.

In a small bowl, sift the flour and cocoa through a sieve. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and orange extract. Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. You may have to use your hands toward the end to get the mixture to form a ball.

Flatten the ball onto waxed or parchment paper and roll into 1/2-inch rectangle. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares or use small cookie cutters.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of your cookie shapes. The color and shape won't change. Don't over bake.

If you'd like just a bit more pizzazz in your cookie, drizzle it with melted dark chocolate and sprinkle on just a touch of finely grated orange zest or push a tiny section of chocolate orange on top of each cookie.

Cook's note

I've found only one problem with this recipe. I eat a cookie. It's so yummy that I'm forced to have another and another...and just one more. The rest of the family apparently faces the same issue because they disappear in a hurry!

While you might have the self-control to whip up a batch when you're home along. they're perfect for a family get-together, a cookie exchange or a to bring to a buffet.

Do you have a favorite shortbread cookie recipe? We'd love to test it out!

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