I made some awesome arrow-shaped shortbread cookies for my buddy’s grand opening of her DIY studio called Creative Outlet Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. If you haven’t checked-out her site or stopped by the studio you should make time to take a look. It’s an amazing studio space where you can make your own screen-print to make t-shirts, a bunch of industrial sewing machines that does fancy stitches, big tables to spread-out, workshops to learn new skills, etc!



1 cup of AP Flour

1/2 cup of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon of course salt ( I used vanilla bean sea salt)

1/2 cup or 1 stick of unsalted butter cut into small pieces

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a food processor pulse flour, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt to combine. Add the vanilla and butter and process until mixture comes together and shape into a ball. Put the ball of dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 mins or overnight to get firm.

2. Roll out the dough. I like to use two sheets of plastic wrap instead of flour because the extra flour makes the cookies dry and makes more of a mess. One sheet of plastic on top of the counter, and one sheet of plastic on top of the dough makes magic. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut out your desired shape. I did an arrow since the Creative Outlet logo has a arrow shape incorporated into it.

3. Place your cut-out cookies onto a baking sheet and put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes while you pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees. The few minutes in the freezer will help the cookies keep your desired shape and not spread-out too much.

4. Bake your cookies for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through the cook time. Let cookies cool on wire racks. Enjoy!

You can do so much with his recipe. You can drizzle white chocolate, make a frosting, make cookie sandwiches, etc.! The base cookie has such a good flavor and it’s not overly sweet. It has a nice crunchy texture, and the chocolate sings with a little pop of sea salt. Let me know if you make it what you think!

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