Peanut Butter Shortbread

A holiday classic with a peanut butter twist! This press-and-bake shortbread recipe is an easy one to whip up and get the kids involved in the kitchen.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Baking time: 30 minutes
  • Makes: 36 squares



1½ cup (375 mL) all-purpose flour
1 cup (250 mL icing sugar
¼ cup (60 mL) cornstarch
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
¾ cup (175 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup (60 mL) smooth peanut butter
⅓ cup (75 mL) mini chocolate chips
⅓ cup (75 mL) peanuts, toasted and finely chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Lightly grease a 9-inch (23-cm) square pan, then line with parchment paper. In a small bowl, stir flour with icing sugar, cornstarch and salt. Using an electric mixer, in a medium bowl, beat butter with peanut butter until very smooth and creamy. In 3 additions, on low speed or stirred by hand, add flour mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.

Press dough evenly into pan using the back of a measuring cup. Using a fork, poke holes in dough every 1-inch (2.5-cm) apart. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake in centre of oven for 30 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven. Using a knife, score into 1½-inch (3.5-cm) squares. Cool completely, then cut into squares.


Per serving (1 square): 100 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0.2 g trans fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 1 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 0 g fibre, 5 g sugar, 40 mg sodium