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Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars

A buttery shortbread crust is topped with raspberry jam, chocolate chips, and more shortbread crumbs for decadent cookie bars that are sure to become a holiday tradition, as well as a year-round family favorite!

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars ~ this cookie is sure to become a favorite between its buttery shortbread, raspberry jam, and semisweet chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}So…I realize that my last post was a cookie recipe. And today I’m posting another one. But it’s December, and that means that I have Christmas cookies on the brain in the same way that I was pumpkin-obsessed from the months of September through November. So please bear with me and I’ll try to incorporate a non-cookie post or two into my schedule next week…try being the operative word. 😉 Until then, back to the recipe at hand!

Y’all. These shortbread bars are some of my all-time favorite cookies. They are on the list of cookies that I make every Christmas, but they’re so tasty that I make them throughout the rest of the year as well. So what’s so special about them? Well, let’s start from the bottom and work our way up, shall we?

First off, the crust is good enough to eat plain and all by itself. It’s like a pecan sandy-type of shortbread, with a nice, nutty undertone from finely chopped pecans. And of course, it involves lots of butter and sugar. You know, to hold everything together.

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars ~ this cookie is sure to become a favorite between its buttery shortbread, raspberry jam, and semisweet chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}Once you press your shortbread into the pan, you then spread it with seedless raspberry jam and sprinkle it with semisweet chocolate chips. Ummm…y’all have had chocolate and raspberry together before, right? Because it’s only like one of the best flavor combinations EVER. I am always a sucker for any type of chocolate dessert with raspberry sauce, or chocolate truffles with raspberry filling, or — HEY! — cookie bars with chocolate chips and raspberry jam! So. Good.

As if that isn’t enough, the final touch to these bars is sprinkling a crumble of reserved shortbread crumbs all over the top of the raspberry chocolate goodness. Then you pop your pan into the oven so that the magic can happen. The shortbread crumbs turn golden as the chocolate melts into the raspberry jam. So. Good. (Again.)

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars ~ this cookie is sure to become a favorite between its buttery shortbread, raspberry jam, and semisweet chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}I have to apologize now because I’m afraid that these photos don’t do justice to the deliciousness of this recipe, since the middle layer ends up looking kind of dark and it’s hard to tell that the raspberry jam is in there. But please tell me that you’ll give these bars a chance anyway! I promise…their humble aesthetics (and my less-than-exciting pictures) are not reflective of their amazing taste and texture.

And you know what else? If chocolate and raspberry don’t particularly float your boat (is that even possible?), you can always customize these to your liking! I think these bars would be delicious with strawberry preserves in lieu of raspberry and milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet, or apricot jam and white chocolate chips, or apple butter and butterscotch chips…or how fun would these be with grape jelly and peanut butter chips for an after school snack?

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars ~ this cookie is sure to become a favorite between its buttery shortbread, raspberry jam, and semisweet chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}Whether you stick to the recipe or decide to change it up, one thing is for certain…I think you should make these for your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors for the holidays! These little gems might not be the flashiest cookies on the Christmas cookie tray, but I can guarantee you that once people taste them, they will be amongst the most popular.

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars

A buttery shortbread crust is topped with raspberry jam, chocolate chips, and more shortbread crumbs for decadent cookie bars that are sure to become a holiday tradition, as well as a year-round family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 9- by 13-inch baking pan with butter or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pecans, and salt. Stir in egg. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of crumbs and set aside. Evenly press remaining crumbs into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Spoon the jam onto the crust and spread it into a thin, even layer. Sprinkle jam with chocolate chips and then reserved shortbread crumbs.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until crumbs are starting to turn light golden brown. Remove pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Notes

Feel free to change up the flavors: strawberry preserves and milk chocolate chips, apricot jam and white chocolate chips, grape jelly and peanut butter chips...the possibilities are endless!

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  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    These bars are calling my name! I love everything about them 🙂 I would like to invite you to share this (or any of your posts) at this week’s Freedom Fridays – we would love to have you join us! 🙂

  2. You cannot go wrong with that combination! Raspberries and chocolate…OH YUM! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I am going to have to make these…SOON!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I think you will love these, Heidi…they disappear at an alarming rate when I make them! 😉 Thanks for stopping by…hope you’re having a great weekend!

  3. Oh, this looks yummy! I’ve pinned this to try later. Thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I think you will love these, Sara! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pin…hope you’re having a great day!

  4. These look so yummy, and easy to make! I love the versatility of this recipes with the variations you give!

    Pinning this yummy recipe now!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I really appreciate it, Tshanina! You just gave all of the reasons that I love this recipe…easy, tasty, and fun to change up. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  5. I have a similar recipe that we all love. I hadn’t thought of using chocolates! I’d love for you to share yours at our cookie Link-up party going on right now.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Bette…yes, chocolate makes anything better, doesn’t it? 😉 Hope you’re having a great week!

  6. These bars look so good! I’m trying to make a list of what Christmas cookies to make this year, and I’m looking for a good bar recipe too. These sound wonderful!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hope you enjoy them, Maria! I love bar recipes because they’re so fast and easy…especially when you’re making lots of different kinds of Christmas cookies all at once!

  7. LOVE chocolate and berry together

  8. I’ve with you on having cookies on the brain…especially this month! These are gorgeous, Samantha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I don’t think I could ever get tired of cookies, Gloria…and it’s nice that this month, we have an excuse to bake them and eat them in excessive amounts! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. How can you ever go wrong when chocolate and raspberry are together? 😉

  10. These look sooooo yummy! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday link party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      These bars are definitely a favorite around here, Pauline. In fact, I might just need to make them again tomorrow… 😉 Hope you enjoy!

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