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Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Delicious Chocolate Shortbread Cookies decorated with chocolate buttercream frosting roses. They are so perfect in their simplicity. Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with chocolate buttercream. Super simple and beautiful!
I made some roses.
They are for my Grandma.
My Grandma celebrated her 89th Birthday in December and yesterday, January 12th, 2013, she passed away.
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with chocolate buttercream. Super simple and beautiful!
We would visit my Grandparents every summer in Buffalo, NY and Long Beach, Canada. They had an awesome house right on Lake Erie and we could spend all day in the lake, catching minnows and going out on my Granddad’s sail boat.
My Grandmother was the glue to our family. She had one daughter and three boys. My Mom and Uncles would make it a point to get together at the lake and let all the cousins play and get to know each other.
It was always a great time around the bon fire, roasting marshmallows, catching fire flies and watching for UFO’s. (My Mom still swears she saw one!)
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with chocolate buttercream. Super simple and beautiful!
I’ll always have great memories of her; of us.
The past few visits have been hard to see her, but I am so glad that I made it out to see her last Mother’s Day.
This photo was from Mother’s Day 2010. Four Generations together. How many get to be this fortunate?
I love you, Gramma. Let’s play some cards and enjoy some cookies!
I’ve got my coin purse full of pennies.
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with chocolate buttercream. Super simple and beautiful!
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Karyn Granrud
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Cook time:
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Serves: 36
  • For Cookies
  • 2 Cup Powered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 C Butter
  • 3 C Flour
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • For Buttercream
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1/2 C Shortening
  • 1 Pound of Powered Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 3-5 Tbls Milk
  1. Preheat oven to 325 deg F.
  2. Combine sugar and butter with a paddle attachment. Add in flour, cocoa and vanilla.
  3. Roll out half the dough to 1/2 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2 1/2 inch scalloped cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 9 – 11 minutes (mine took 15 minutes)
  5. Cool and make Chocolate Buttercream
  6. Beat butter and shortening until fluffy, add 1 cup of sugar at a time and 2 tablespoons of milk. Add in cocoa.
  7. Fit a piping bag with a Wilton 1M tip and fill bag with buttercream. Pipe flowers starting at the center of the cookie and going around to the edges.
  8. Serve to deserving guests with tea or espresso.
  9. Or, better yet, enjoy while playing Crazy Rummy with your grandparents!

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Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Not sure when this was published, but I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma. It broke my heart. I'm a Grandma, but I treasured my Grandma. She passed away more than 50 years ago, but I think of her often. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Karyn Granrud

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

I think I wrote this at least 4 or 5 years ago. Thank you for your kind comment. We will always miss the ones we love.


Friday 15th of January 2016

I'm sorry about your grandmother. She sounds very special.

Karyn Granrud

Friday 15th of January 2016

Thanks. It's been a two years now, but I'll always miss her.

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Thursday 25th of April 2013

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Monday 11th of February 2013

this look great- So glad to be posting with you through the chocolate party :)

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Tuesday 29th of January 2013

gorgeous! I love these