PW’s Spreads (Chocolate Shortbread Bars)


So, the other week when I sent Taylor to the Internets to find some Indian food, not only did she find this absolutely yummy Trinidadian Chicken Curry on Pioneer Woman’s site but she also found these simple and super tasty bar-type cookies called Spreads.

After talking about making cookies together all day, she ditched me after getting the butter out of the fridge to go play with some friends outside.  Luckily, these couldn’t be any easier.  Helper or no helper.

These are kind of like chocolate chip cookies, except you melt the chips over the top just like frosting.  The dough reminds me of shortbread.  Excuse me, I think I need to go make another batch…….



PW's Spreads
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and mix until combined. Add vanilla, flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  3. Spread dough out onto a cookie sheet. The dough doesn't need to go to the edges like bar cookies would. Just spread it out in the pan so it is about ⅓ inch thick and evenly dispersed. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Pour the chips over while still warm and put back in the oven for another minute. At this point the chips should be melted enough to spread evenly over the top of the cookie.
  4. Let cool and then cut into squares.



  1. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    It doesn’t get much easier than that…they look terrific.

  2. Sounds super yummy and so easy! These would disappear in no time over here!

  3. These look so delicious!

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