Cinnamon Shortbread Bars

filed under: Cookies on February 24, 2015

Shortbread, when done right, is one of the my favorite ways to end a meal. The way that a light sweet cookie is infused with a crispy buttery crumb speaks right to my carb loving heart.


Cinnamon Shortbread Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Shortbread, when done right, is one of the my favorite ways to end a meal. The way that a light sweet cookie is infused with a crispy buttery crumb speaks right to my carb loving heart.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Shortbread Bars
Servings: 64 squares
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 3/4 c 175 mL butter
  • 1/2 125 mL cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 375 mL all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. 5 mL cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. 1 mL salt, divided
  • 4 oz 175 g bitter-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 c 150 mL heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and allow paper to overhang 2 sides.

  2. In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar on medium to medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

  3. Add in flour, cinnamon and pinch of salt and mix on low until combined.
  4. Press shortbread into the prepared pan. Try to get as even and flat as possible.
  5. Bake for 21-25 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown.
  6. While baking shortbread, chop chocolate.
  7. In a small saucepan, warm cream with a pinch of salt over medium heat until it just begins to boil.
  8. Remove pan from heat and add in chocolate, stirring vigorously with a spatula until chocolate is melted and smooth.

  9. Let ganache set for 10 minutes so that it can thicken.
  10. Spoon ganache over cooled shortbread and spread evenly with an offset spatula.

  11. Chill for at least 4 hours and and until ready to serve.

  12. Loosen the sides of the shortbread with a sharp knife. Lift up the bars with the sides of the parchment paper and gently set on a cutting board to cut. If you cut into 1-inch pieces recipe yields 64 squares.



Cinnamon Shortbread Bars!

Top it with the perfect ganache and my eyes are rolling towards the heavens.

It’s perfection.

The fabulous recipe just happens to be in my new favorite book, Brown Eggs & Jam Jars by Aimee Wimbush-Bourgue, author of the beautiful blog, Simple Bites.

A few things about this book:

Aimee is from Canada and I seriously have a thing for Canada. Like, I want to live there someday. I am sure some of my relatives are hoping that day comes sooner than later, but I digress. Canadians are awesome.

Aimee does the things that I aspire to do! She homesteads like a BOSS and makes organic meals and takes stunning pictures of beautiful food and lives life the way God intended. Pure. Natural. Real.

Her book is not only an amazing cookbook, but includes beautiful and inspiring ways to embrace the lifestyle that she has perfected. How to make sustainable food choices, how to shop smart, how to build raised garden beds, and how to get the kids involved and more aware, just to name a few.

Cinnamon Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache!

And the recipes!!

I mean, come on. These bars are #boss. Then she has Maple Pecan Butter Tarts and Sticky Maple Blueberry Pudding and Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding!

I die. I mean, I live. I am happy being alive. Happier that is. Thanks to these bars.

Aimee has graciously allowed me to share this bar recipe here today, but once you make them you will know… it’s not enough. You want more. You NEED this book.

Cinnamon Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache!

Now for the fun part!

Comment below and tell me, “Do you like shortbread?”

You will be entered to win ONE copy of this amazing new book that has bewitched me heart and soul.

Then make these bars.

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  • Kim d. says:

    LOVE shortbread, this sounds delicious!

  • Rachel says:

    The texture on these looks beautiful!

  • Rachel says:

    I LOVE shortbread and haven’t made it in far too long. Today might be the day.

  • LJ Stubbs says:

    I love shortbread. This one looks like a winner!

  • Erin says:

    I love shortbread. I haven’t had any since Xmas. I made a lime version and was a little disappointed. These look heavenly, though, and I can’t wait to try out the recipe! I’m also a big fan of Simple Bites!!

  • Beth says:

    I love shortbread! Especially when topped with chocolate, yum!

  • Jean says:

    Wow, those look delicious!

  • susan says:

    stunning presentation. my waistline got bigger looking at them. yum

  • Shelly Fink says:

    Made these tonight. They were wonderful. I can’t wait to discover more recipes

  • Jan Jarchow says:

    My daughter and I love shortbread cookies. I sent her the recipe too!

  • Linda Miller says:

    Love shortbread. And chocolate and cookies and cake. Lol. Would love to win this book!

  • Bonnie says:

    I love all your recipes & I can’t wait to try all of these.