Chocolate Chip Walnut Bars are shortbread cookie sticks full of nutty chocolate goodness. They’re so delicious you might want to go ahead and make two batches; they’re impossible to resist!
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The Best Shortbread
I’m obsessed with shortbread cookies. I love the way they melt in your mouth, all buttery and flavorful.
I’ve made many shortbread cookies here on the blog, but it’s the ones that are in cookie “sticks” that are my favorite. (like these butterscotch shortbread cookies)
And, since I love nuts in my baked goods, I added in some walnuts.
Best decision ever.
Today’s shortbread bars are:
- Easy to make (no need to slice or roll or scoop)
- No chilling the dough necessary
- Melt in your mouth shortbread texture
Stock up on chocolate chips so you can whip up a batch of our fudgy chocolate chip brownies next.
- Butter – I prefer the taste of unsalted butter in my shortbread!
- Mini chocolate chips – Chocolate chunks chopped into tiny pieces would work as a substitute if you can’t find the mini morsels. You could use regular size chocolate chips too, but we love the minis in cookies.
- Walnuts – Chop the nuts into pieces that are the same size as the chocolate chips. Toast the nuts for best flavor and texture!
- Vanilla and Almond extract- Make your own Vanilla Extract for even richer vanilla flavor!
Along with powdered sugar and flour that’s all you need to make the best shortbread. The recipe doesn’t require any eggs, so it’s a great option as an egg-free treat for those with allergies. (Or when you want cookies but you’re out of eggs!)
It’s so easy to make shortbread bars like these!
- Start by beating powdered sugar with vanilla, then adding remaining ingredients. The dough will be dense and thick.
- Drop it onto a baking sheet and use the heel of your hand to press the dough into a large rectangle shape.
- As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, use a pizza cutter and slice them immediately.
Allow the shortbread bars to cool and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- Traditional shortbread cookie option: If you prefer to make these into a classic cookie shape, roll the dough into a log and wrap it with saran wrap. Let it chill for 30 minutes, then slice into thin disks (about 1/4 inch thick). Bake the cookies for about 13 minutes or until the edges are just lightly brown.
- Use soft butter. Cold butter is hard to work with and will change the texture of the cookie bars. Leave the butter on the counter for 20 – 30 minutes before making the dough and your cookies will turn out with the perfect melt-in-your-mouth crumb!
- These bars come out lightly crispy. If you want crunchier shortbread bars, you can leave them in the oven for an additional couple of minutes. Just keep a close eye on them; there’s nothing sadder than burned shortbread!
- Freeze Cookies. Use my tips on how to freeze cookie dough for later.
Absolutely! This shortbread recipe will work with just about any nuts you like mixed in. Pecan would be a delicious choice.
Once fully cooled, transfer the bars to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Yes–both the cookies and the dough freeze beautifully. You can make the dough ahead of time, press into a rectangle and freeze. No need to thaw, just transfer the dough to the pan and add a few more minutes of baking time.
More Cookies and Bars
- Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars: pecans in the crust and the cookie layer add a depth of nutty flavor to these bars!
- Frosted Chocolate Nut Bars: adding nuts is always a win in my book. Plus frosting on cookies, yes please!
- Chocolate Chip Cookies: the classic recipe!
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: thick and chewy!
- Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies: chewy and delicious!
Chocolate Chip Walnut Bars
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Line a 15×10-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degree.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extract until creamy. Add in flour and beat until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Drop dough into center of baking sheet, and using the heels of your hand, press dough into a large rectangle. You want the dough to be the same thickness throughout, so keep pressing until you have a rectangle about 12×10-inches and about 1/4-inch thick.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges begin to lightly brown. Remove from oven and immediately cut into strips using a pizza cutter. Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. ENJOY.
Use the best shortbread recipe to make these amazing Chocolate Chip Walnut Shortbread Bars!