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Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Sharing a shortbread cookie recipe today that is going to be a new favorite!  These Chocolate Shortbread Bars are perfect for your upcoming parties! Sweet and buttery perfection.

shortbread cookie recipe

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

I love bringing back some of my favorite Picky Palate recipes from over the years! Today, I’m sharing these shortbread bars from 2011! They are buttery sweet with just the right amount of sweetness. So much fun!

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shortbread cookie recipe

The great thing about shortbread, is there is literally just a few ingredients. Butter, sugar, flour and salt are the typical ingredients. Since we are making a chocolate version, you’ll add the melted chocolate to the butter and sugars.

shortbread cookie recipe

Add your flour and salt to the mix. Dough will be thick.

shortbread cookie recipe

Chocolate-y fabulous. Press into your baking pan.

shortbread cookie recipe

Time for the M&M’s!

shortbread cookie recipe

Line your M&M’s in little rows over top then time to bake. 350 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes.

shortbread cookie recipe

 Buttery, crisp but soft and delicious. Enjoy!

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best shortbread cookie recipe, chocolate shortbread, chocolate shortbread cookie, easy shortbread cookie recipe, shortbread cookie, shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 165 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 49 Candy Corn M&M’s
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil that’s been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth, stirring.
  4. Pour melted chocolate into mixer beating until well combined. Slowly add flour and salt until well combined. Dough will be thick.
  5. Press dough into prepared pan and line with M&M’s, pressing in slightly. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until cooked through.
  6. Let cool completely and cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    so easy and perfect for Fall!! love the m&m colors dotted throughout! 🙂

  2. 2
    Sues says:

    These are perfect because if you don’t eat these m&ms in controlled portions, you seriously risk overdoing it! I think they have this variety at Target, too.

  3. 3

    I had no idea that they made this flavor! Freaking brilliant! Now, I am off to make some shortbread bars!

  4. 4
    Gaby Dalkin says:

    woah, M&Ms are getting fancy! love the pop of color to these shortbreads!

  5. 5

    oh these look so delicious and are simply adorable!! love the fun m&m flavors this season!

  6. 6
    Rachel says:

    I had no idea shortbread was so easy to make! This looks delicious 🙂

  7. 7

    I love this time of year & these festive bars!!

  8. 8

    I have such a thing for candy corn, i bet these are awesome!

  9. 9
    Maria says:

    Those candy corn MnM’s are perfect for a Halloween treat!

  10. 10

    Ahh these are so cute!! We are bringing birthday treats for Asher this week – he would love these!!

  11. 11
    Sandi says:

    I remember the first time you posted this. I went out that very day, got a bag of those m&m’s, and made these.
    I’ve made them every year since 🙂

  12. 12
    Sammi says:

    Hee hee that last picture looks like a face. 🙂

  13. 13

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