Chocolate Tangerine Shortbread

Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate and Tangerine – Light buttery tangerine shortbread cookies with chocolate drizzle and candied tangerine rind. This shortbread cookie recipe is sure to make your cookie tins zesty this holiday season!

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We all have our favorite kind of cookie…

For some it’s a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. For others it’s oatmeal cookies or chocolate crinkles.

My favorite cookies always fall under the butter cookies category. Shortbread cookies and thumbprints being the top competitors.


Although I make shortbread cookies all year long, I look forward to making them the most during the holidays because there are so many possible variations, and they pack and ship so well.

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This year’s shortbread cookie recipe is a zesty tangerine shortbread with chocolate drizzle and candied tangerine rinds sparkling above.

The combination of rich butter, smooth Gold Medal Flour, and bitter-sweet tangerine zest make a glorious base for the decedent toppings.

I always use Gold Medal Flour for holiday baking, because I can count on its flavor and texture to be perfect in every bag I buy.

How to Make Candied Citrus Rinds

I made the butter cookies dough and placed it in the fridge to chill, while I made the candied tangerine rinds, to save time.

Anytime you candy citrus rinds it’s important to follow a 3 step cooking process, to ensure they are soft and tender, yet retain their color. You can do the first two steps in the microwave for convenience. Simply place them in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Drain and repeat. Then you are ready to boil them in sugar syrup.

After that, toss them with sugar so they sparkle!

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Then roll out the shortbread cookies, bake them, and drizzle them with melted chocolate, before placing a citrusy jewel on each cookie!

These butter cookies look and taste bright, and full of holiday cheer.

They are sure to put smiles on your friends faces!

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26 comments on “Chocolate Tangerine Shortbread

  1. TidyMomposted December 6, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

    oh I love the candied tangerine twist to these cookies!! what a great idea Sommer!

  2. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted December 6, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

    I’m with Cheryl – love that little citrusy twist on top and the chocolate drizzle is such an easy way to decorate – great idea!

  3. Tieghanposted December 6, 2013 at 7:26 am Reply

    Sommer, these are so cute!! I love the candid tangerines with the chocolate. Sounds so good!

  4. Heather Christoposted December 6, 2013 at 7:28 am Reply

    These are just beautiful! I love how a chocolate drizzle and an orange twist makes these cookies so special!

  5. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)posted December 6, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply

    I LOVE these! Pretty much obsessed with anything that involves both chocolate and orange, because it is one of my favorite combinations ever. They are so beautiful Sommer!

  6. Mariaposted December 6, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

    Great holiday cookies!

  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 6, 2013 at 8:14 am Reply

    I love citrus and chocolate together, what a beauty of a cookie!

  8. Julie @ Table for Twoposted December 6, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

    chocolate and orange are flavors that aren’t used often enough in baking. i love the combination and i can just SMELL that tangerine scent from here! these look perfect for the holidays, Sommer!

  9. Aimeeposted December 6, 2013 at 8:38 am Reply

    We’re crazy about shortbread and your version combines two of my favourite flavors – citrus and chocolate. Gorgeous!

  10. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted December 6, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    This is a great idea. Chocolate and orange together can’t be beat.

  11. Shariposted December 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm Reply

    OMG! Candied Tangerine?! You think of everything! Gorgeous and mouth watering. Thank you!

    xoxo ~Shari

  12. Liz @ Virtually Homemadeposted December 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    What a fun cookie and I have tangerines on my tree in the backyard! Lucky to live in San Diego :)

  13. Marian (Sweetopia)posted December 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm Reply

    I love the idea of tangerine, perfect for the season, paired with chocolate!

  14. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted December 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm Reply

    These are absolutely gorgeous, Sommer! Adding them to my baking list!

  15. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm Reply

    So pretty, love the star shape and candied tangerine!

  16. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted December 7, 2013 at 12:18 am Reply

    Wow, you make your own homemade candied tangerine rinds! I bet they are so good – I could just eat them plain, as a nice zesty dessert! :) And I love shortbread cookies. Great combination of flavors here!

  17. Carrollposted December 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm Reply

    These were FANTASTIC!!! I loved the candied rind! They just barely eeked out a win over my favorite of the cookies you sent!! and the packaging worked perfectly! Thanks! Happy Holidays!

  18. marlaposted December 8, 2013 at 8:13 am Reply

    Nice holiday cookies ~ love the tangerine garnish!

  19. Nutmeg Nannyposted December 8, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

    I love shortbread cookies :) these are just perfect especially with the garnish!

  20. Paula – bell’alimentoposted December 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Oh I love the candied tangerine addition and the chocolate to shortbread cookies!

  21. Jenny Flakeposted December 9, 2013 at 6:57 am Reply

    How fun and festive are these?! Great little Christmas cookie!!

  22. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventuresposted December 9, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

    These are beautiful cookies! I love chocolate and citrus!

  23. Nancy Longposted December 11, 2013 at 8:38 am Reply

    for some reason your site won’t let me share this recipe on FB

  24. Bernie Ammonsposted December 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm Reply

    I usually make the same cookies every year for Christmas. I had made gluten free shortbread cookies in the freezer and was wondering what to do about topping them. I saw this and it was pretty quick and easy but the taste combination and the appearance. Yum! I will definitely make these again. Wonderful for a cookie exchange.

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