Heavenly Brownie-On-Shortbread Bars

"From Baking for All Occasions by Flo Braker. Flo says: "Baking the silky, intense chocolate topping on crunchy (firm) shortbread makes for neatly cut brownies that will lend panache to any dessert time. I prefer to chop the nuts for this recipe in a nut mill for consistently even chopped nuts. For a more attractive finish, after you chop the nuts, sieve them to remove nut "dust" before topping the brownie." Don't be put off by the length of the recipe, it's just very detailed."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins





  • Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Press a.
  • sheet of aluminum foil to cover the outside bottom and sides of a 9 by 9 by 2-inch square pan.
  • Lift off the foil, invert the pan, and gently press the foil into the pan to fit the contours.

  • In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and.
  • process briefly to blend.
  • Scatter the butter pieces over the top and process with 1-second.
  • bursts.
  • Add the vanilla and continue with 1-second bursts until the ingredients form.
  • small clumps.
  • Stop before the mixture forms a ball.
  • Scatter the clumps over the bottom of the prepared pan, and press with fingertips to line the bottom evenly.
  • Bake the shortbread until it is pale gold and firm to the touch, 27 to 32 minutes.
  • Let cool in the pan, about 20 minutes.

  • Briefly whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl to blend; set aside.
  • In a small, heavy saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over very low heat, stirring with a silicone spatula until smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture, combining thoroughly.
  • Set aside for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten.
  • Add the slightly cooled chocolate mixture to the eggs, stirring to blend. Stir in the vanilla, then the flour mixture.
  • Pour the batter over the shortbread, and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
  • Sprinkle the nuts evenly over the batter.
  • Gently pat them in place.
  • Bake the brownie until the top looks slightly cracked about 1 inch from the edge around the pan and feels soft to the touch, 27 – 30 minutes (Don't overbake; the brownie will firm as it cools).
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely in the pan, at least 3.
  • hours or up to overnight.

  • Using the edges of the foil as handles, lift the brownie slab onto a cutting board.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the brownies straight down through the shortbread into 1-1/2-inch squares.

  • Return the bars to the pan, cover with aluminum foil, sealing the.
  • foil around the edges of the pan, and keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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  1. Very good bars which we enjoyed. Instead of the hazelnuts used pecans but other wise made as directed. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Wow! We loved these decadent brownie shortbread bars! The shortbread provides an excellent base to a rich and fudgy brownie layer, and the hazelnut topping provides a nice crunch. I was very tempted to drizzle some melted Nutella over the top but I refrained and I am so glad I did....these brownies are delicious as is and don't need any additional embellishments. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for Newest Zaar tag.


  1. Very good bars which we enjoyed. Instead of the hazelnuts used pecans but other wise made as directed. Thanks for sharing!



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