- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter,cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup candied walnuts, chopped
The sweet shortbread may be prepared up to 1 month ahead and stored in an airtight container in the freezer. Defrost at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving. They may also be kept up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
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Double the recipe for a larger party. It is best to use two 8-inch pans rather than one larger one. Present the shortbread in cellophane bags tied with ribbon as party favors. Use different candied nuts or use toasted nuts instead.
These cookies are really simple to prepare and are always a crowd-pleaser. It’s easy to find candied walnuts or pecans, so no need to make them from scratch. Since the cookies are quite rich, small squares are the perfect serving size. Present these on a pretty platter. A bowl of berries would be a nice accompaniment. If you keep some of these in your freezer, you’ll have an instant dessert for any impromptu gathering. Makes 16 squares.
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