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.

Right after you make these bars, head on over to Amazon and buy Brown Eggs & Jam Jars.

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You can check out Aimee’s blog SIMPLE BITES here.  (There are also links to where you can enter to win more copies!)

This contest is open for one week and is open to everyone. (Book shipped anywhere!)

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  • Kelley H. says:

    Can’t wait to try this because I LOVE shortbread. I just have a very quick question. The very first item under INGREDIENTS says 3/4 Cup (175 ml) but you don’t say of what…. Is that a typo or should there be something there? Thank you!!

    • Amanda says:

      haha… whoops! Will fix! (its butter)

  • Renuka Lallbahadur says:

    I’m a total shortbread addict. These morsels can truly turn your day from bag to oh so delicious. Thank you for the giveaway. P’s is the first ingredient butter?

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    You had me at cinnamon. Always!

  • Mary says:

    Definitely love shortbread. The ganache looks amazing!

  • Mary Hannah says:

    Oh yes! I am making these tonight! And I longer the simple bites blog and just saying Brown eggs and jam jars makes me happy

  • Jaselle says:

    I have never tried it but I would love to!

  • Grace Culbreath says:

    Shortbread is the best, especially when it’s not too sweet! This recipe looks great; thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jessica says:

    Of course! Who doesn’t?! 🙂

  • Charlene says:

    I love shortbread! Chocolate makes it even better:)!

  • Kari S. says:

    I usually don’t care for shortbread but I might come to love it after your recipe!!

  • Chrissy says:

    The simplest ingredients come together to make the best cookie. What’s not to like about butter and flour (or cornstarch) and sugar?

  • Julie | This Gal Cooks says:

    I could live off shortbread! LOVE these bars and that chocolate ganache!

  • Teresa says:

    These look so lovely. I love the idea of cinnamon with chocolate. Yum.

  • Joanne says:

    As a shortbread obsessed individual…I MUST HAVE THESE.

  • Kathy strubin says:

    I do inded love shortbread in any way shape or form and the chocolate makes it even better!

  • Shelagh says:

    I absolutely love shortbread! Buttery sweetness.

  • LauriM says:

    I love shortbread! It is good on its own or as the crust for something amazing!

  • Brittney says:

    I adore shortbread! I’m a sucker for those buttery, dreamy cookies!

  • Chichi says:

    I love shortbread and yours Amanda look so yummy. Love it!!!

  • Caroline says:

    I love shortbread! This looks fabulous!

  • Mary Beth says:

    i LOVE shortbread and the ganache layer on top is perfection!

  • Shinee says:

    Fabulous recipe! I would just add a layer of caramel in between. But I will have this too. 🙂

  • Betsy kreuter says:

    I have a question on amounts of flour. I weighed 1 1/2 cups flour and it was no where near 375 grams. You list 375ml. Is that the same as 375grams? I was not sure whether to use 1 1/2 cups flour or 375grams. I used grams. Haven’t tasted them.

  • Maja says:

    I love it! We made several different kinds of shortbread for our wedding buffet (a traditional English afternoon tea).