Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies

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Enjoy the best of two dessert worlds with a crowd-friendly recipe for Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies.

Sliced Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies

Shortbread, meet brownies. Brownies, meet shortbread.

Now that everyone is acquainted, we can all agree that when faced with the decision between cookies and brownies, the answer is most always a simple one…

Clear bowl with chocolate chips and shortbread mixture


This two-in-one dessert stars a buttery, chocolate chip-studded shortbread base that’s topped off with a fudgy brownie batter. The duo is guaranteed to give my go-to confection some serious competition in the chocolate desserts department.

Brownie batter in clear bowl with spatula

These shortbread brownies get an extra nod of indulgence thanks to a final drizzle of milk chocolate and a pinch of large-flake sea salt. While the savory touch may seem superfluous, can I ask you to at least consider that salt shower? It’ll transform any ordinary dessert into something extraordinary.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies with chocolate drizzle and large flake sea salt

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies

Enjoy the best of two dessert worlds with a crowd-friendly recipe for Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 2 votes
Sliced Chocolate Chip Shortbread Brownies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 48 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 24 servings


For the shortbread:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips

For the brownies:

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips


Make the shortbread:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil then set it aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and the brown sugar then using your fingers or a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand. 
  • Stir in the miniature chocolate chips then press the mixture into the prepared pan. 
  • Bake the shortbread for 8 minutes then remove it from the oven. While the shortbread bakes, make the brownie batter.

Make the brownies:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. 
  • Beat in the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth then stir in the miniature chocolate chips. Carefully spread the brownie mixture over the shortbread in the pan.
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake the brownies for an additional 40 minutes. 
  • Remove the brownies from the oven then let them cool completely in the pan. Using the foil, lift the brownies out of the pan and cut them into 24 pieces and serve.
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Calories: 183kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 62mg, Potassium: 72mg, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 240IU, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 0.9mg


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Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am really glad you put this up I remember DM’ing you a year back for this recipe and in the end having to wing it as BHG took it down.

    I can confirm – hands down these brownies are the best.

    Thank you!

  2. I have always had a heart for chocolates and this recipe is definitely worth trying out! A best homemade pastry for my family and friends this coming Thanksgiving and Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing, Kelly! Keeping my fingers crossed this one will be a success on my end!

  3. Oh my sweet tooth! I’ll take one of each. Or two. Or three! Love love Just a Taste!

  4. This is the perfect dessert for my husband and I. I am in love with chocolate. He is a fan of butter and shortbread. Nice work!