What’s for Dessert? California Shortbread Bars! (Recipe)

Posted on : May 17th, 2018

California Shortbread BarOld-fashioned shortbread is one of my favorite desserts—easy to make, easy to eat, and a nice simple base for toppings or dipping into nut butter or other delectable treats! But now that I’ve been introduced to California Shortbread Bars, I might never go back to my old stand-by!

Imagine shortbread layered with chocolate and chopped almonds! It’s like a cookie and a candy bar in one yummy dessert or cheat day snack!  This recipe comes courtesy of the California Almond Board.

California Shortbread Bars


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped roasted natural almonds
  • 1 package (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cream the butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg yolk. Then beat in vanilla extract, orange peel and almond extract. Stir in flour and 1/2 cup almonds.
  4. Spread dough into the greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees, 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven; sprinkle top evenly with chocolate chips.
  6. Return pan to oven for 30 seconds. Remove from oven and spread melted chocolate evenly over surface. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup almonds. Cool.
  7. Cut into bars to serve.


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