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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.