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Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

These chocolate shortbread cookies are flavored with orange zest and sea salt and are so deceptively delicious!
2.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate orange, chocolate orange cookies, chocolate orange shortbread, chocolate orange shortbread cookies, chocolate shortbread, holiday cookie
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 16 -18
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ large orange zested about 1 -1 ½ tablespoons zest plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate melted, for dipping baked cookies
  • Sea salt such as Maldon for garnish


  • Line a half sheet tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar, and orange zest, and beat on low-medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and mix until a dough forms. It may not completely come together but that’s totally fine. Dump the dough out onto the parchment paper, shape into a flat disk, and freeze for 30-45 mins.
  • Prepare 2 sheet trays with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the dough into ¼’’ thickness between 2 pieces of parchment paper and using a 3 inch square cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Then using a sharp knife, split it in half. If you have a rectangular cookie cutter- use that! You can use any other shape you want, I just did it with a square cutter. Repeat with scraps. Freeze the cookie dough rectangles for 1 hour on the sheet trays.
  • Preheat your oven to 325° F and bake for 11-12 minutes, then cool before garnishing.
  • To garnish- Melt the dark chocolate in a small microwaveable bowl, about 30 seconds at a time until fully melted.
  • Prepare a sheet tray with wax or parchment paper. Dip the corners of the cookies into the chocolate then lay down on the wax paper, sprinkle with extra orange zest and crunchy sea salt.


Don't skip the zest!
Prep time includes chill time


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.