Spicy Chocolate Shortbread

A touch of ground cocoa-chile blend adds a gentle spicy-warmth to these glazed shortbread cookies.

Spicy Chocolate Shortbread Stars,
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
24 cookies


  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cocoa-chile blend or 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 recipe Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • teaspoon ground cocoa-chile blend or dash ground chipotle chile pepper (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, cocoa-chile blend, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Knead dough until smooth; shape dough into a ball.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough until 1/2 inch thick. Using a 1-1/2- to 2-inch star-shape cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 2 inches apart on an ungreased large cookie sheet.

  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or just until cookies are firm in the center. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Drizzle cookies with Chocolate Glaze. Let stand until glaze sets.

Chocolate Glaze

  1. In a medium bowl stir together powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and, if desired, ground cocoa-chile blend. Stir in butter and milk. If necessary, add additional milk until mixture reaches drizzling consistency.

To Store:

Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

81 Calories
4g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 44mg 1%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.