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!

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Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Buttery, rich, and studded with M&Ms, these Chocolate Shortbread Bars are perfect for parties!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a stand or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Place chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth, stirring.
  • Pour melted chocolate into mixer beating until well combined. Slowly add flour and salt until well combined. Dough will be thick.
  • Press dough into prepared pan and line with M&M’s, pressing in slightly. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Let cool completely and cut into squares.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: chocolate shortbread, cookie bars, shortbread cookies

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13 Responses
  1. Sandi

    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 🙂

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

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

  3. Rachel {the avid appetite}

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

  4. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

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

  5. Sues

    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.

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