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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars for #SundaySupper

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars | Magnolia Days

The music grabs your attention. It is a familiar song played throughout the holiday season. It brings a smile as the memories associated with it fill your mind. The song could be one from a play you were in as a child. It could be one your family sings on Christmas morning. One of your favorite movies may have it in the soundtrack. White Christmas is one of those songs for me. It relates to many different things including my favorite holiday movie, Love Actually. To celebrate holiday music, movies, and television I baked chocolate chip shortbread bars inspired from the movie.

How did the movie inspire my baking? The movie takes place in London and one of the characters is the British Prime Minister. The British commonly serve tea and biscuits in the afternoon. The biscuits served include shortbread. In Love Actually, the prime minister prefers chocolate ones. That is what gave me the inspiration to make chocolate chip shortbread bars. I used holiday chocolate covered candies instead of chips to make them more festive.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars | Magnolia Days

Some notes on the bars: They are buttery, chocolate-y, and have a crumbly texture. Be sure not to over bake them or they will be too dry and fall apart. I recommend taking them out of the oven as soon as the edges are light golden brown. You can drizzle them with the chocolate glaze prior to cutting. I like the look of the glaze spilling over the sides so I drizzled them after cutting.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars | Magnolia Days

What is your favorite holiday song, movie, or TV show? Has it inspired you to cook or bake something? Sunday Supper contributors certainly have been inspired and you can see what they are sharing below. Scroll down to find the list and links to each of the recipes. Special thanks to Tammi of Momma’s Meals for hosting this fun event. Oh, and take a look at my shortbread cookies in case you prefer cookies instead of bars.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

A recipe for chocolate chip shortbread bars. The bars are buttery and filled with either chocolate chips or chocolate coated candy. They are a great treat for any time of the day.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Renee


For the shortbread:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate chips or candy coated chocolates, divided

For the optional chocolate glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk


For the shortbread:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  4. Whisk together flour and salt. Add to the creamed mixture and mix only until blended.
  5. Stir in pecans and 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips.
  6. Press dough evenly into a 17- X 13- X 1-inch sheet pan.
  7. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup chips. Slightly press chips into dough.
  8. Bake 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Be careful not to over-bake.
  9. Cool shortbread completely in the pan.
  10. Once cooled, cut into bars approximately 1- X 3-inches in size. Drizzle with chocolate glaze if desired.

For the optional chocolate glaze:

  1. Sift the confectioners sugar and cocoa and place in a small bowl.
  2. Add the salt, vanilla, and milk. Stir until smooth.
  3. Place glaze in a plastic zip-top bag and close bag removing all air. Snip a tiny piece off one corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag to drizzle the glaze on the shortbread.

Recipe Notes

*Time does not include cooling shortbread.

Recipe adapted from one in a small recipe booklet by Mars, Inc. that I got in the late 80’s or early 90’s.

Ready for some holiday recipes? Take a look at these by Sunday Supper contributors inspired from the season’s music, movies, and television:

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Sweet Holiday Treats:

Cozy Drinks:

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Recipe Rating

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

Tuesday 24th of December 2013

I love that movie too Renee! These are gorgeous and so festive! Enjoy Christmas week my wonderful friend!


Saturday 28th of December 2013

Thanks Paula and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy new year!

Betsy @ Desserts Required

Monday 23rd of December 2013

White Christmas has always been a favorite of mine. I just love getting in the kitchen, blasting Christmas music and getting inspired to create something as festive as this time of year dictates.


Saturday 28th of December 2013

I have fond memories of watching White Christmas. I could watch that movie time and time again.

Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

Monday 23rd of December 2013

I'm also a big fan of White Christmas, Love Actually (just watched it last night), and these delicious-looking bars. And they're so pretty!


Saturday 28th of December 2013

Thanks Lori and I had such fun drizzling the glaze on them and I think that makes them even more fun and festive.

Courtney @ Neighborfood

Monday 23rd of December 2013

I love the simple goodness of shortbread cookies. You just can't beat butter, flour, and sugar. Oh, and chocolate of course. :)


Saturday 28th of December 2013

I absolutely agree with you Courtney.

Anita at Hungry Couple

Sunday 22nd of December 2013

Oh, yum! I'm a sucker for shortbread.


Saturday 28th of December 2013

Me too! Go team shortbread!!