Reese’s Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Reese's Chocolate Shortbread Bars

You probably know by now that I’m a peanut butter and chocoholic. Not so surprisingly, my favorite candy happens to be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Forget the five-second rule with these babies; short of someone stepping on it, I’d be inclined to eat one that’s been on the floor for days.

So lately all the great blogging ladies I follow have been whipping up yummy Reese’s desserts. Like Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel’s Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. Uh, YUM. Or how about Jocelyn @ Inside BruCrew Life’s adorable Reese’s Turkeys? All these desserts had been causing extreme cravings on my part. So I came home from work one night last week and went on a rampage in my kitchen, looking for anything and everything PB&C related. Luckily, I always have two things on hand no matter what: Reese’s baking chips and peanut butter cups.

Reese's Chocolate Shortbread Bars

I knew I didn’t want to just chow down on the peanut butter cups or baking chips themselves, so I needed to incorporate them into a dessert somehow. But not just any dessert, no, this dessert had to be packed with chocolate, peanut butter and more chocolate and peanut butter. Are you getting the drift? I hope so. That’s where the shortbread came into play. I didn’t want to use a regular shortbread so using inspiration from my Chocolate Shortbread Blondies with Macaroon Topping, I decided to go with chocolate shortbread. It worked brilliantly! Try these for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Reese’s Chocolate Shortbread Bars

Meal type Dessert
Reese's chocolate short bread bars made with semi sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and chopped up Reese's peanut butter cups


  • 2 sticks butter (cold)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3-5 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
  • 10-12 Reese's peanut butter cups (chopped)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, sift sugar, flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
3. Cut butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This is best done one stick of butter at a time, with each stick cut into tablespoon-sized pieces.
4. Put mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, up to 5 tablespoons, mixing until dough just comes together.
5. Press half of the dough into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and peanut butter chips on top of dough. Sprinkle chopped up Reese's peanut butter cups on top of that.
6. With remaining dough, drop by spoonfuls on top of Reese's peanut butter cups. Do not spread this out - pieces of the middle layer should peak through.
7. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.


Store covered for up to 3 days


  1. 1

    OMG these look SOOOOOO good. I’m with you – addicted to Reese’s!
    Dorothy recently posted..Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark and a Holiday Recap Round-UpMy Profile

  2. 2

    Addicted to Reeses is my middle name:-) And Holy cow do those bars look good!!! I so need some Reeses now:-) Thanks for the fun shout out too!!!
    Jocelyn recently posted..Caramel Coconut Cookies and 75% off Holiday CardsMy Profile

  3. 3

    OMG! These look too good to be true! Chocolate, peanut butter, and shortbread all in one bar? Wow! Yummy :)
    Liz recently posted..Cinnamon Raisin Egg Nog Bake & An Egg Nog Challenge!My Profile

  4. 4

    What the what?! This is AMAZEBALLS. Forreals. And I think I need some one-on-one time with these bars and my face. Bailey, they’re incredible!!

    And thanks for the shout-out, BFF :)
    Hayley recently posted..Peppermint Bark Ice CreamMy Profile

  5. 5

    Oh. my. word. I might die! these look incredible. just stumbled up on you site and love it!!

  6. 6

    Omgosh, these look so rich and delicious. I have a soft spot for anything chocolate and peanut butter. I have a feeling I’ll be trying these veryyyy soon!
    Elaine recently posted..Cookie Dough FudgeMy Profile

  7. 7

    Oh goodness, these shortbread bars look incredible! Dangerous, really. I had fun chatting with you tonight. Hope to see you again soon!
    Kathryne recently posted..Baby Spinach Frittata with Sweet Potato Hash CrustMy Profile

  8. 8

    Oh man, these look amazing. I, too, can not pass up peanut butter chocolate anything. You take great pictures too! Almost licked my computer screen….just kiddin. :)
    Chelsea {Whatcha Makin’ Now?} recently posted..Soy and Dairy Free Chocolate CupcakesMy Profile

  9. 9

    Are you even serious right now? Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite thing ever.

    Speaking of the 5 second rule…I once found a peanut butter m&m on the floor at the edge of my refrigerator that had been there for who knows how long and…I ate it. It was the single most delicious peanut butter m&m in the universe too. I regret nothing.
    Karly recently posted..Chocolate Pudding Dump CakeMy Profile

  10. 10

    These look amazing! Love the idea of combining the candy with shortbread!

  11. 11

    Wow, these look fantastic! I love shortbread, but have never had chocolate. And who doesn’t love peanut butter cups in anything!
    Mercedes recently posted..White Chocolate-Dipped Red Velvet Shortbread for the 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie SwapMy Profile

  12. 12

    Peanut butter + chocolate. I am obsessed. Literally the best combination in the world :-)
    Joy recently posted..Blue cheese and walnut biscuitsMy Profile

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