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Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

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These Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars are perfect for your upcoming Fall parties or get togethers! Sweet and buttery perfection.

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

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!

Have I said how much I love going down the Halloween isle and finding new goodies to bake with?!

Festive Shortbread Bars

These White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M’s!!  Now, if you can’t find this variety ANY M&M’s variety will work just fine.  From what I hear, these are a Walmart exclusive product, so check your local Walmart stores.

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

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.

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

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

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Chocolate-y fabulous.  Press into your baking pan.

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Time for the M&M’s!

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

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

Festive Shortbread Bars

 Buttery, crisp but soft and delicious. Enjoy!

Festive Shortbread Bars


Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Festive Chocolate Shortbread Bars - Picky PalatePrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 35 min | Total time:


  • 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.

Makes 9-12 Servings

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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

    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. 🙂

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