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Recipe: Chocolate Frosted Shortbread Bars

This recipe for Chocolate Frosted Shortbread is a combination of a shortbread recipe and a chocolate frosting recipe… who can go wrong with that?? The chocolate and the buttery shortbread… just divine.

I decorated the top with M&Ms mostly because I just bought them (I’ve been craving them for weeks now after watching all those cute commercials). You can leave them off or do whatever strikes your fancy…. these won’t last long anyway… beware …. they are addicting…. the Betty Ford clinic really should have a wing for chocoholics.

Yes, I know my recipe uses brown sugar not white sugar… it really doesn’t make them brown….try it you’ll like it…. I promise….

TIP: I’ve mentioned this before… but it’s worth mentioning again… if you line your pan with aluminum foil you can easily remove bar cookies from the pan and onto a cutting board by just lifting the foil up…and for easy cutting…. I always use my pizza cutter to cut the bars… it makes a cleaner cut and is easier to clean the blade in between cutting rows.

Try these… a guaranteed hit!


Recipe: Chocolate Frosted Shortbread Bars

All you need:

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
Chocolate frosting (homemade or store bought)
M&Ms for decoration (optional)

All you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 13x9x2 baking pan with foil. (I use Reynolds wrap non-stick… if you use the regular variety… then lightly grease the foil)

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Add the flour slowly with the mixer on low speed.

Mix the dough until the dough is stiff.

Press the dough into the prepared baking pan.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until firm.

Cool completely.

Frost with chocolate frosting.

Cut into bars then decorate with M&Ms.

TIP: It’s easier to cut into bars without the M&Ms on top.


A Year on the Grill October 26, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

what a great little recipe... Easy and great presentation!

perfect for the little grand nieces upcoming visit

Linda October 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM  

Thanks! They did a disappearing act too! According to my partner in crime... we must have had hungry burglers...

Amariah October 27, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

mmm.. these look so tasty!

Donna-FFW October 28, 2009 at 12:10 AM  

Fabulous recipe.. Bar recipes are wonderful. They look so pretty with the m&Ms.


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