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Dark Chocolate Orange Shortbread

Dark Chocolate Orange Shortbread

Sorry for my lack of posts lately, life has been really hectic for us. Work is crazy busy for me and Joshua is in the process of installing a sprinkler system in our yard. Talk about a lot of work! It is still a mess right now, but hopefully we will have a beautiful yard soon. My dad has been a huge help, he picked a good week to visit, ha! Our lilacs are in full bloom and that makes me very happy. There is nothing like the smell of sweet lilacs breezing through the house on a sunny Spring day.

Today I am sharing a recipe for Dark Chocolate Orange Shortbread. My dad loves butter, chocolate, and oranges, so I knew this would be a perfect treat to have around. The buttery shortbread was the perfect background for the dark chocolate orange. I think this is the perfect treat for a picnic too. So bake up some shortbread, pack your picnic basket with goodies, and enjoy the Spring sunshine.

Dark Chocolate Orange Shortbread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
Zest of 2 oranges (about 3 tablespoons)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/3 cups flour
1 cup dark chocolate, chopped into tiny pieces


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease 2 9 inch cake pans.
2. Place the sugar and orange zest in a bowl. Rub the zest in with your fingers. In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter, sugar/orange mix, salt, and vanilla.
3. Chop chocolate. You want the pieces a little smaller than chocolate chips.
4. Beat the flour and the chocolate with the butter mixture, until well combined.
5. Divide the dough in half and press in prepared cake pans. Make sure each pan is even. Smooth the surface and prick the dough with a fork.
6. Bake for 40 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. Remove and loosen the edges with a knife.
7. Wait five minutes, then carefully place the shortbread out onto a clean work surface, all in one piece.
8. Using a pizza wheel or knife, cut into wedges. Do this while it is still warm so you can cut it. Transfer wedges to a cooling rack.

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48 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Orange Shortbread”

  1. Erica — May 8, 2009 @ 5:19 am

    Your lilacs look BEAUTIFUL! I love all the blooming flowers right now. Yummy shortbread- I bet your dad is excited! I may try making some of your lime cookies this weekend as I just picked up some key lime juice last night!

  2. April — May 8, 2009 @ 5:30 am

    This sounds delicious!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums — May 8, 2009 @ 5:42 am

    A wonderful blend of flavors! These shortbreads are very tempting!



  4. Tracey — May 8, 2009 @ 5:45 am

    I love orange and chocolate together! These look great!

  5. Meghan — May 8, 2009 @ 5:54 am

    Your lilacs are so pretty! This shortbread looks great – I love how you cut the pieces into little wedges. They almost look like pieces of a pan cookie. I’m sure they taste amazing!

  6. kat — May 8, 2009 @ 6:02 am

    Those sounds great! I can’t wait for the lilacs to bloom here.

  7. teresa — May 8, 2009 @ 6:27 am

    Oh yummy! I can practically taste this now, it looks fantastic!

  8. Netts Nook — May 8, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    This looks like a great treat Maria. Love the orange and chocolate together. Looks great.

  9. Kara — May 8, 2009 @ 6:41 am

    This sounds really yummy, I love chocolate and orange together!

    Oh, and good luck with the sprinklers-I feel your pain!

  10. Leslie — May 8, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    Orange and chocolate in a shortbread…SUPER YUMMY

  11. stephchows — May 8, 2009 @ 7:15 am

    Our lilac festival starts this weekend!! Can’t wait to go :)

  12. Pam — May 8, 2009 @ 7:58 am

    My husband would really love this shortbread – he loves chocolate and orange together. Your lilacs are beautiful.

  13. Manggy — May 8, 2009 @ 8:12 am

    Don’t worry about it, we’ll be here waiting for each post :) I LOVE the combo of chocolate and orange. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea I know but something about it just tickles my mouth :)

  14. anudivya — May 8, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    THat looks lovely! The zest does give a very nice fresh taste to the baked dish.
    How have you been?

  15. Bridgett — May 8, 2009 @ 8:50 am

    These look so addictive. Great combo of flavors as well!

  16. ttfn300 — May 8, 2009 @ 8:55 am


  17. Meg — May 8, 2009 @ 8:55 am

    Pretty flowers! Your shortbread looks amazing!

  18. Mary — May 8, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    I love your combination of chocolate and orange. You picked two of my favorites. These look sooo good!

  19. pinkstripes — May 8, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    YUM! Looks delicious.

  20. sugarlens — May 8, 2009 @ 10:23 am

    Your lilacs look yummy, as do your shortbread cookies! How thoughtful of you to bake up a treat that your dad would enjoy!

  21. Debbie — May 8, 2009 @ 10:36 am

    That looks just so good. I wish I had some of that right now with my coffee!

  22. Gaby — May 8, 2009 @ 10:53 am

    that looks beautiful and so delicious!

  23. Dawn — May 8, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    your Dad has good tastes. dark choco & orange is one of my fav combo's.
    I love the smell of lilacs too.

  24. Foodie with Little Thyme! — May 8, 2009 @ 11:08 am

    Very nice. And what a great treat for a tired daddy.

  25. Allie — May 8, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Yummy orange and chocolate always make a good combo!

  26. Stacey Snacks — May 8, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

    I love oranges and chocolate together. It’s the best match!
    and shortbread! yummy!

  27. The Short (dis)Order Cook — May 8, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    I’d say you post more than I do lately, so don’t feel bad. We all have our off weeks!

    Your shortbread is yummy looking. I love shortbread, particularly with chocolte.

    I’m a sucker for the scent of lilacs too. I have no bushes of my own, so I swipe them from other people’s trees whenever I can and fill my house with them.

  28. Natashya — May 8, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

    Yum! I love orange with dark chocolate.

  29. Bunny — May 8, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    I have to make this, they look so tender and good. I love the combination of orange and chocolate. Good recipe!!

  30. Cynthia — May 8, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

    I like your combo for the shortbread.

  31. Jennifer — May 8, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    Beautiful lilacs!!! I love the combo of citrus and dark chocolate! Yummy!!!

  32. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates — May 8, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    That sounds SO fantastic!! If you have a chance, I would love it if you linked it up at my blog today for Chocolate Friday!

    I really will have to try this – such an excellent combination of flavors.

  33. Jacque — May 8, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

    Oh my goodness, that looks wonderful. Hope your dad enjoyed them.

  34. Helene — May 8, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

    That’s nice to have your dad help you. Looks great those shortbread.

  35. Reeni♥ — May 8, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    I have lilacs too, the same color, they are my favorites-the smell is intoxicating. The shortbread looks so yummy-great flavors!

  36. Kerstin — May 8, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

    I love orange and chocolate together and shortbread is my favorite – looks so good!

  37. Monica H — May 9, 2009 @ 12:28 am

    My mom is a chocolate orange freak and she would love these!

    Your lilacs are stunning!

  38. Cristine — May 9, 2009 @ 12:36 am

    Ah… chocolate and orange. You can’t go wrong with that combo!

  39. Life on Pelican Street — May 9, 2009 @ 10:53 am

    Happy Birthday Josher!!!

  40. Mermaid Sweets — May 9, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    Nice, I was just thinking that I wanted to bake something with chocolate and orange after eating the most amazing orange and chocolate bar.

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