Brown Sugar Shortbread Bars

Recipes by Chef Steph

Chef Steph

A tasty and gooey treat with an irresistible chocolate topping!


Brown Sugar Shortbread Bars
  • 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!
Prep time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25  minutes
8 to 12


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13" baking pan. Line with parchment paper so that you can easily remove the bars
  3. In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until smooth
  4. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix again, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed
  5. Add the flour and salt. Mix just until combined. The mixture will be thick and slightly crumbly
  6. Place the mixture into the prepared pan and press along the bottom to cover it evenly
  7. Bake for 17 minutes (10x15" pan) or 18 minutes (9x13" pan) until the shortbread is set and just slightly browned around the edges
  8. 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
  9. Use a spatula to smooth the chocolate evenly
  10. Allow the chocolate to set. This will take a couple of hours
  11. When the chocolate is still slightly soft, use a sharp knife to cut the bars

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