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This thick, fudgy Chocolate Shortbread with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting is topped with M&M candy and is every chocolate lover’s dream!
Chocolate lovers, you are going to love me today. It’s not often I share a strictly chocolate recipe. I love chocolate just as much as anyone else, but the way I like chocolate best is when it is paired with something else. Like peanut butter, caramel, mocha or peppermint.
But some days call for good ol’ pure chocolate. This Chocolate Shortbread with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting will come to your chocolate-craving rescue on the longest of days.
Shortbread is a classic, simple recipe of just 3 ingredients: flour, sugar and butter.
To make a chocolate shortbread, I reduced the flour a bit to our favorite shortbread recipe and added in some cocoa powder. The result is a thick chocolate layer that slightly resembles fudge. In fact, when we shared these with our Sunday school class, they thought they were fudge.
See below that the batter will be very thick. If you line the pan with parchment paper, then press the batter in and bake, you’ll be able to pull up on the parchment paper to easily remove the bars for clean cuts.
And when you add the chocolate buttercream frosting on top, the fudgy flavor really pops. You already know of my intense love of frosting, so I wanted the frosting layer on these bars to be just as thick as the shortbread layer. The result?
Perfection. Just a warning. These bars are very sweet. If you’d like them a little less sweet, make a half recipe of the chocolate buttercream. There will still be plenty of sweetness, and maybe you’ll be able to eat two bars instead of just one.
Oh, and have a glass of milk on hand either way. Just because they are more fun with a glass of milk.
Oh how I love rich desserts and this looks like it fits the bill well 🙂 I am going to use my gluten free flour on this and see how it comes out. Thanks for the recipe. Pretty pictures too!
Whoa, this looks amazing! Every chocoholic is going to be drooling over this – love! Pinning and sharing – happy Wednesday, ladies!
Oh my, the girls are gonna flip when I show them this recipe! Pinning so we can make it:)
I love chocolate and need we say more! Love this treat and I know John would too!
Do you keep it refrigerated or would that make the shortbread too hard?
it looks so fudgey and delicious!
Holy moly this is intense!!! I mean… that super-thick frosting layer! And the chocolate shortbread looks insanely good. 🙂
Wow! This looks so rich and decadent!! Yumm!
Oh no! This looks like double the chocolate-y trouble! And the m&ms? There is no substitute 🙂
could u please tell me in measurements of how much butter .do you mean 50grams
How long can I keep them in the fridge for till they expire? Can I freeze them?
can i use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Chocolate shortbread? My life is complete!