Chocolate Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Buttery chocolate cookies with delicious chocolate chunks. Perfect for a bake sale or a tea party with your free from friends!

1 cup (2 sticks) dairy-free margarine, softened
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 ¼ cup gluten-free all purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon xanthum gum
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
1 cup melted chocolate
Ground nuts or sprinkles for decorations


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the dairy-free margarine and powdered sugar until pale and fluffy.  Once mixed, add in the vanilla and mix to combine.
  3. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and xanthum gum. 
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture slowly to incorporate it fully.  Beat until combined. Once all of the mixture is combined, add in the mini chocolate chips and fold in by hand.
  5. Roll the dough into a log, wrap in wax paper, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour until chilled.  When the dough is chilled, slice the cookies from the log at about ½ inch thick. 
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, or until the cookies are set.
  7. Once the cookies are cooled, dip them halfway into the melted chocolate.  Let the chocolate set for a few minutes, then add sprinkles or ground nuts for decoration. 

Hi everyone!  I’m Kristen Kellogg from Navigating the Allergic Life.  My blog focuses on living with food allergies and intolerances, navigating the low-FODMAP diet, and recipes and resources to get you started. In addition to owning the blog, I am in my late twenties, a wife, a special education teacher, a fur-mom, and a yogi. 

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