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Shortbread Bark

December 9, 2013 / by Liz

Shortbread Bark

Yield: 12 bars

Shortbread Bark


  • 1 ¾ sticks (¾ cup + 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9"x13" cake pan, and line with parchment such that the paper hangs over the sides (this will help with removal). Add butter, flour, ginger, salt, baking powder, and ½ cup of the sugar to food processor, and pulse until dough comes together. Dump the dough into the prepared pan, and press into place.
  • Brush the entire egg white over the dough. Alternate layers of almonds, sesame seeds, and remaining ¼ cup of sugar over the top. Bake for ~30 minutes, until golden.
  • Immediately remove the cookies from the pan, and cut into squares. Once cooled, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (½ power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between intervals). Transfer melted chocolate to a squeezy bottle, and drizzle chocolate over each square.
  • *See related blog post here.

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