Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

Yea, it’s finally time to unveil November’s Cookie of the Month! These Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars are so tasty that I can promise you that they won’t last long in your house. 

What makes them even better is that they only require a few common ingredients that just about everyone should have on hand, and they are so quick and easy to make.  How can  you beat that?

Follow along, because at the end of this post I’m going to show you a way to jazz these cookies up a little.  If you are like me and you are a peanut butter fanatic you won’t want to miss it.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

1 c. margarine, softened

1/2 c. granulated sugar

3 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. mini  semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, add margarine, sugar, and vanilla; beat with electric mixer until blended.  Add flour, and beat until crumbly;  fold in chocolate chips.

Spread dough onto an 12” x 8” ungreased cookie sheet; press down to about 1/4” thick. 

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until edges are light brown and center is set.  

While still warm, make the bars by cutting into desired strips. 

Makes about 1.5 dozen.

As for the jazzing up, I made a peanut butter glaze that I piped on top of half of the batch of bars after they cooled down a bit.

For the glaze, mix 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, 1/8 tsp. of pure vanilla extract, and 1/4 c. powdered sugar together.  Add a drop of milk, a little at a time, until you get the desired consistency you are looking for. 

These cookies are great with or without the glaze, and I’m certain I will be adding them to my holiday cookie gift boxes this year.

If someone were to make you a box of cookies, what kind would you want them to be?