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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

This Chocolate Shortbread is so delicious, you will love this recipe. It's a great treat to have on hand, for a hostess gift, or for your dessert table.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate shortbread, shortbread, shortbread bars
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Carrie Ypma


  • Microwave
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Mixer
  • Spatula
  • 9" x 13" baking dish
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate chips if you want it more chocolaty, use 1/3 cup
  • 2 cups flour


  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, place the softened Butter, and mix with the whisk attachment, until the butter is light and fluffy. 
  • Add the Vanilla, and mix until blended.
  • Combine the powdered sugar, and blend until smooth and creamy. 
  • Mix in the flour, a little at a time, until it's all been added, and the shortbread is smooth. 
  • In the microwave, melt the 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (1/3 cup if you like more chocolate), and add to the mixing bowl. 
  • Blend well, until all the melted chocolate is blended.
  • Remove from the mixing bowl from the stand, and scrape down the sides of the bowl, and fold the shortbread with a large spoon, to completely blend. 
  • Place the shortbread in  9 X 13 dish, and press evenly into the dish. 
  • Add Sprinkles, or Nonpareils to the top of the shortbread, if desired. 
  • Score the the shortbread with a sharp knife. 
  • Bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the edges are light golden brown. Let the Shortbread cool until slightly warm. 
  • Cut into bars, and move to a rack to finish cooling.
  • When cooled, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, serve, and Enjoy!