Chocolate Shortbread Cookies


These are my brother Sasha’s absolute favorite cookies (he literally eats them by the dozen) and they’re also the first thing I ever helped my mom to bake, so they’re sort of sacred to me.  They’re a go-to dessert for parties, because everybody likes them and they’re super easy to make.  Also, they’re cute and the sprinkling of sugar on the top gives them a festive flare.  Enjoy!


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Mix the butter and sugar util light and fluffy, then add the remaining ingredients.   Mix well.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Roll dough into small round balls and place on baking sheet.  Fill a small bowl with sugar and wet the bottom of a glass.  Dip the glass in the bowl to coat with sugar and press onto each of the cookies, coating the tops with a light layer of sugar.  Bake 6 to 10 minutes, until tops begin to crack slightly.



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