Fudgy brownie shortbread bars

    55 min

    These chocolate shortbread treats will satisfy any sweet craving. The top layer is a gooey chocolate brownie baked on top of a buttery shortbread base. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

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    Makes: 12 bars

    • 125g plain flour
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 115g butter, softened
    • 4 tablespoons plain flour
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 (397g) tin sweetened condensed milk
    • 200g milk chocolate, chopped
    • 85g chopped walnuts

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. In a medium bowl, stir together 125g plain flour and sugar. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Press firmly into the bottom of a 23cm square baking tin.
    2. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm and slightly golden. Set aside to cool.
    3. In a medium bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons flour, baking powder and cocoa. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, vanilla and condensed milk. Mix until well blended. Stir in the chocolate and walnuts. Spread the mixture over the cooled base.
    4. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies begin to pull away from the edges and the top appears dry. Cool and cut into squares. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

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    Ick. I am usually a very competent baker, so I felt just horrible when these came out all wrong. The shortbread was very tough and the finished brownies were impossible to slice without falling apart. The flavor is just so-so. I feel bad admitting that I think these were kind of a waste of the ingredients that I don't usually keep on hand (used up my walnuts and condensed milk)... I'm almost embarassed to bring them to work, except that I know any treat will be considered a good treat at work. I sent a bunch to work with my husband, too. I will update later if there are positive comments from our co-workers, but overall I do not think I'll even attempt to make these again- don't even care to try and fix whatever went wrong. Sorry.. it was fun to try something new, though!  -  27 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I consider myself a "dessert lover" and especially a chocolate lover. I also love shortbread. While I think this recipe is a good idea, I don't like the way it tastes. The shortbread crust doesn't have much flavor to it (I would add ground almonds or pecans to it for more flavor and a nutty crunch), and the "brownie" layer really doesn't taste like brownies at all. I think it's the sweetened condensed milk that makes them taste kind of strange. Rather than using that recipe, I would just layer my favorite prepared brownie mix (with chocolate bar pieces and nuts mixed in) over the top of the modified crust and bake it. I think it's a good idea, but this recipe just didn't "hit the spot" for me.  -  18 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were smashing!!! They were really good! I used only 5 tablespoons of butter (1/2 cup seemed like too much) and half whole-wheat pastry flour in the crust. The crust had a great texture and taste. The brownie part was really gooey and yummy. I put in almost a whole cup of nuts because I wanted to use them up. I loved the nuts in this. Served warm with vanilla ice cream. Oh yeah... I used brown sugar instead of white in the crust; maybe that's what made it so tender and yummy.  -  18 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)