Toffee Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Chocolate chip-studded shortbread layered with more chocolate and crunchy toffee bits. An easy and irresistible bar cookie, perfect for gifting!

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Overhead picture of stacked bars of toffee chocolate chip shortbread.

Post originally published December 1, 2016; updated December 21, 2017 to include new photos and weight measurements.

Let the holiday baking extravaganza begin – or continue! I am excited to share with you one of my very favorite treats for the holidays. Something about munching on one of these sweet chocolate toffee bars with a cup of tea or a big glass of milk just makes me feel ready for St. Nick, even if my Christmas to do list is still a mile long.

This recipe starts with a classic, buttery shortbread base with a hint of cinnamon and studded with chocolate chips. Top the shortbread with more chocolate in a thin layer, then top that with sugary, crunchy toffee bits. I find the finished bars completely irresistible and have to share the batch, because I can rarely stop at eating one!

Close-up of toffee chocolate chip shortbread.

Of course, you could easily swap out just about anything for the toffee bits – peppermint candies, mints, M&Ms, you name it. To be honest, these are perfectly good for just about any time of year, but I’ve been making them around Christmas for several years now, so they just channel holiday spirit to me.

Irresistible toffee chocolate chip shortbread squares are easy to make in a big batch!Click To Tweet

A sheet pan full of decadent toffee chocolate chip shortbread.

More Cookies and Bars:

Layers of chocolate chip shortbread, spread with melted chocolate, and topped with toffee bits.What are your favorite holiday baking traditions? I’m always looking for more inspiration, and actually find baking a welcome break from so many of the other tasks that pile up at this time of year.

After all, baking produces a tangible, usually delicious, result, and what stack of presents to wrap or cards to address doesn’t look more manageable with a little treat by your side? Enjoy! ♥

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Toffee Chocolate Chip Shortbread




Yield 24-30 squares, depending on size

My favorite bar cookie - toffee chocolate chip shortbread. Easy yet decadent, and perfect for gifting!


  • 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 227 grams) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (107 grams) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup (255 grams) chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup (234 grams) toffee bits (I use Heath Bits o Brickle)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Line a 9”x13” baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on at least two sides that will allow you to lift the bars out after they bake. Lightly grease the foil with non-stick cooking spray. 
  2. Combine the flour, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Whisk together and set aside.
  3. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix briefly. With the mixer running on low speed, add the flour mixture. Mix until flour is just barely incorporated. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Stir by hand using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to evenly distribute chips.
  4. Scrape the dough into the prepared pan and, using a spatula or your hands, press the dough down and into each corner. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the shortbread is golden and bubbly.
  5. After removing the pan from the oven, immediately sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips over the crust. Cover the pan with foil and let sit for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. Using a small spatula or spoon, spread the softened chocolate evenly over the crust. Quickly sprinkle the toffee bits over the layer of melted chocolate.
  6. Let the bars cool to room temperature. (Or, if you’re in a rush, help them along with a few minutes in the fridge or freezer.) Use the foil to lift shortbread out of the pan, then cut into bars and serve. Bars will keep for 4-5 days in an airtight container at room temperature.


Nutrition info is an estimate based on cutting the pan into 24 squares.

This recipe was adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan - a fantastic book - via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe - a fantastic blog!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bar

Amount Per Serving

Calories 233

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Toffee chocolate chip shortbread | A simple yet decadent bar cookie, perfect for Christmas baking and gifting! #toffee #shortbread #christmascookies

Toffee chocolate chip shortbread | A simple yet decadent bar cookie, perfect for Christmas baking and gifting! #toffee #shortbread #christmascookies


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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    December 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    This is a truly appetizing treat, Monica. Such easy and tasty recipe win my heart right away. Can I use almond flour instead of all-purpose one?

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      December 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Hi, Agness – I haven’t tried it to know for sure, but I think that almond flour would be a fine 1-to-1 substitute here! You might want to reduce the butter in the shortbread base slightly, since I believe the almond flour has a slightly higher fat content than the all-purpose. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out – I would love to know and I bet other readers would, too!

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    parth rathod
    December 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This shortbread looks delicious
    thank you for sharing

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    December 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    This looks so delicious!

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    December 23, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Three of my favorite things! Toffee, shortbread and chocolate. Definitely putting these in the “to try” file.

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    jacquee | i sugar coat it!
    December 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    YUMMY-YUM-YUM!! These look and sound so damn FINE! Love all things shortbread.

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    December 23, 2017 at 6:53 am

    This looks so perfect and sounds very delicious! I love such easy and pretty desserts

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    December 23, 2017 at 2:32 am

    That sounds like an amazing combination of flavors!

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