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Chocolate-Peppermint Shortbread Bars

Yield Makes about 60 bars
Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour. Notes: To melt the chocolate, chop coarsely and place in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (bottom of bowl should not touch water); stir frequently until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Store these frosted chocolate shortbread bars airtight for up to 2 days.


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (1/2 lb.) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candy

Nutrition Information

  • calories 75
  • caloriesfromfat 49 %
  • protein 0.6 g
  • fat 4.1 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • carbohydrate 9.6 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • sodium 11 mg
  • cholesterol 9.4 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a food processor or bowl, whirl or stir flour, cocoa powder, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and the brown sugar and salt until well combined. Cut 1 cup butter into 1-inch slices; add to flour mixture and whirl or rub in with your fingers until mixture is blended and crumbly.

  2. Scatter dough evenly in a 10- by 15-inch rimmed baking pan. With your palm, pat dough to cover pan bottom. Bake in a 300° oven until slightly firm and dry to the touch, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.

  3. In a bowl, beat melted chocolate, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, and 3 tablespoons hot water until smooth. Spread evenly over shortbread.

  4. Cut into 1- by 2-inch bars; sprinkle with crushed candy.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.