Brown Sugar Shortbread Bars wallacegardencenter

Brown Sugar Shortbread Bars

A tasty, gooey treat with an irresistible chocolate topping!

  • 1 cup salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10-12 full size Hershey bars buy 13 because they tend to get away.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13" baking pan. Line with parchment paper so that you can easily remove the bars.
  • In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  • Add the egg and vanilla. Mix again, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the flour and salt. Mix just until combined. The mixture will be thick and slightly crumbly.
  • Place the mixture into the prepared pan and press along the bottom to cover it evenly.
  • Bake for 17 minutes (10x15" pan) or 18 minutes (9x13" pan) until the shortbread is set and just slightly browned around the edges.
  • When the bars come out of the oven, immediately place the unwrapped Hershey bars on top of the cookie bars. Let them sit for about 5 minutes to melt. The cookie bars should be warm enough to melt the chocolate if you put them on right away. If for some reason they are not melting, place them in the oven (the oven can be turned will still be warm from baking) for about 2-3 minutes to finish melting the chocolate.
  • Use a spatula to smooth the chocolate evenly.
  • Allow the chocolate to set. This will take a couple of hours.
  • When the chocolate is still slightly soft, use a sharp knife to cut the bars.
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