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Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache

This easy to make treat is sinful and full of cozy holiday cheer – these Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache made a great holiday treat or homemade gift. Learn how to Make Your Own Brown Butter HERE!

Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache

I live in a testosterone filled household. I mean it’s only 2:1, and one of the two has no balls to hang (It’s Huck…he’s neutered) – but I am still outnumbered in “Man”. And there is definitely a camaraderie there leaving me in the dust. Huck has his people – me and Ben, and it is very clear to me that that mutt is firmly on the side of Ben right now. And I have a serious case of the sads. #DogMomProblems

Mom is the evil one who cleans the allergic-to-everything-under-the-sun puppy ears, clips the paws, restricts his food intake so he doesn’t balloon to become a walking barrel on toothpick legs and cuddles with him against his will.

Did I mention that I’m the one that lets him on the bed? Yeah… I’m the evil one!!

Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache

But Ben does all the cool stuff. Like Dads do. Ben takes him out, scratches him ’til cows come home, plays tug-o-war until his shoulder comes out of its socket, doesn’t clean the mutt’s ears, or give him a bath (except that one time…), and gives him treats just because he’s a big giant two legged pushover. Dads are always the cool ones.

Huck has to know where his people are at all times and wanders around the house making sure he is right where he left you. In the morning after our morning walk and coming back inside Huck has the compulsion and need to go find out if Ben is still in bed. Every morning. For that reason I keep our door closed as much, even if it doesn’t latch without a swift yank. But that dog is persistent! He’s a bull in a china shop to get to his person in the morning and trying to stop him is pointless!

It starts off with “Huck, leave Ben alone…come here” all while making my lunch in the morning, which usually holds his attention hoping for some cheese or lettuce to fall. His response? “Lol. Nope.” where he paws off and HEAD BUTTS the door, bursting into our room to stick his big wet nose in Ben’s face, wag his tail, and then lay down right next to the bed. SCREW THE CHEESE!!

Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache

If having a toddler is anything like having to repeat myself, bathe them, did I mention repeat myself, and provide basic human needs – I’m going to need to have a LOT MORE shortbread around to get me through it. And a couple more years of well-tempered baby fever.

So far? The baby fever is winning.

Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache

Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache

Yield: 16 Wedges

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes + 2 Hours Cooling Time

PrintPrint Recipe


1/2 cup plain Oats
1 1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Cornstarch
2/3 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
14 Tbsp Browned Butter, cut into pieces 1/4" wide
1 cup Toffee Pieces - like Heath Bar Toffee Bits

Chocolate Ganache:
1 cup Semi Sweet chocolate Chips
4 Tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Heavy Cream


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Place oats in food processor and pulse until they become a fine powder. About 5 pulses. Set aside.
In stand mixer, place all dry ingredients including 3/4 cup toffee pieces. Turn mixer on low to combine. Add in butter and mix on low until dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. About 5 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a closed spring-form pan on top. Spread dough into spring-form pan, evenly. Unlock spring form pan but leave it in place on baking sheet. This will ensure the dough doesn't spread to far.
Using a round cookie cutter, remove a circle of the center of the shortbread dough. Set disk of dough outside the spring form pan and bake as directed.
Bake shortbread for 5 minutes at 450 degrees. Reduce temperature to 250 degrees and continue to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove baking sheet from oven and remove spring-form pan from baking sheet. Using a sharp knife score the shortbread into 16 wedges. Place baking sheet with shortbread back into the oven. Turn OFF the oven, leaving shortbread in there to cool. Make sure the oven is propped slightly open to allow to cool. About 1 hour.
Place shortbread on cooling rack after one hour and allow to finish cooling to room temperature. Bread shortbread along the scored lines you created previously.
To make ganache, create a mock double-boiler with a small saucepan and heat resistent bowl. Place about 1 cup of water into the saucepan andcover with bowl. Heat water until it is just simmering. Add chocolate, heavy cream and butter to the bowl, and stir to combine as the chocolate and butter melt. Once the chocolate has just melted remove immediately from the heat. Dip each wedge of the shortbread into the chocolate and sprinkle remaining toffee pieces on top. Set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool and harden.
Repeat with remaining shortbread.

Try these other Shortbread Recipes as well! Click the photo to get to the recipe!

Pistachio Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache


Coconut Shortbread



29 Responses to “Brown Butter Toffee Shortbread with Chocolate Ganache”

  1. #
    Carrian — November 6, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    This is like a deliciousness overload! It looks amazing! I want some right now!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — November 6, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    This is one heck of a dessert treat, ok maybe a lunch time sweet too. Love that extra chocolate ganache on top!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 6, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    Reading this account of you + Huck + Ben’s good cop/ bad cop dynamic is like reading an account of my future household if we ever have kids. My Ben has already made it abundantly clear that he will be “the fun” one. I am keeping a secret mommy stash of this toffee shortbread wonder on hand at all times.

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    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — November 6, 2013 @ 6:26 am

    WOW! this looks so delicious! I bet is is amazing with the browned butter.

  5. #
    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — November 6, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    Shortbread is my all time favorite and you HAD me at brown butter. Be still my heart these look sinful! LOVE…..

  6. #
    Kathryn — November 6, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    This shortbread looks wonderful – I love every element individually and I bet when you combine them, it’s just a whole heap of goodness.

  7. #
    Anna @ Bashful Bao — November 6, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Lucky for me, I’m the good one with our bunny since I feed her, and that appears to be all she can remember about me!
    Speaking of feeding, I’d like a couple of those shortbread wedges…they look amazing!!

  8. #
    Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife — November 6, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    Shortbread and toffee are my mom’s favorite desserts… Now I know what I will be making her for the holidays!! 🙂

  9. #
    Carla @ Carla's Confections — November 6, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    LOL Huck is the cutest! But I can totally see why Dad wins 😉 He is just preparing you for when you have children. I already know Matt will be the popular adult in the house when we have kiddos. On the bright side, this shortbread looks incred! Suddenly I am wishing we lived in Canada again so I could drive 3 hours and get some of this!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 6, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Dogs are great to get you prepared for the babies. Sometimes I feel like my two mutts are more needy than the actual baby.

  11. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 6, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Oh, no you didn’t?!!! And can I just say that you will make the best mama. Not only are so amazing, but you make kick ass desserts!

  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 6, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    Unreal! This looks awesome!

  13. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — November 6, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    This post cracked me up. Sounds like my house. I’m the only gal to one hubby, a male golden retriever, and one fuzzy orange male cat. I swear, my dog thiks he’s human. This toffee shortbread looks amazing and could definitely help get a gal through the day. Pinned.

  14. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 6, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    I have cookies sitting on my stove waiting to be devoured but I totally want these instead!

  15. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 6, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Oh hi… I’m drooling all over this post. For reals!

  16. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — November 6, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    Love toffee. Love shortbread. Love brown butter. And LOVE these!

  17. #
    Tieghan — November 6, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    Oh man, oh man!! This is some awesome shortbread! Brown butter and toffee and with a chocolate ganache drizzle? I am all in!!

    Oh and FYI, I think you will make one heck of a mom!!

  18. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — November 7, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    Wow! This shortbread just sky-rocketed to the top of my holiday baking list! Pinned!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — November 7, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    This sounds sooo good, I am obsessed with shortbread. And yay for baby fever 😉 They’re so much easier than dogs (hello, diapers!) and they always love mom most, at least for awhile 🙂

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 7, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Oh my gooooooodness! This looks, sounds and without a doubt, most definitely tastes FABULOUS! And you KNOW how I feel about your pistachio shortbread… I may have to cheat on it with these!! Beautiful shots too Megan! XO

  21. #
    Antonia @ Health Inspirations — November 7, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    This shortbread looks incredible!! Walkers shortbread is my weakness and I have it daily with tea or coffee but I think I may have to try your home-made version instead. The chocolate ganache is reason enough to make these!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — November 7, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Hehe, moms can be cool too. 😉
    I’m a sucker for shortbread so these are right up my alley. Love love love the drizzled ganache!

  23. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — November 7, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    You sure know how to pimp out a cookie! Any kiddo of yours will already have huge stocks on the playground market with these babies! That may be a while in the future, but good to know, right?

  24. #
    Lois — December 5, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Wonderful cookie

  25. #
    Lois — December 5, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Great cookie

  26. #
    Carrian — December 6, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Oh yum! This does look festive and delicious!

  27. #
    Justina — December 13, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    Hi there!
    I am hoping to make these as holiday gifts, but I have a question: Could you explain to me why it’s necessary to bake them on a cookie sheet surrounded by a spring form pan? And also why cut out a round piece in the middle? (To make the points….not pointy?) I know this post is a few years old, but I’d love to hear back from you about this! I usually just make shortbread in a 9″ tart pan…would that work?

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    Kristin H — February 16, 2016 @ 8:16 pm

    I have a question about the brown butter before I make this tomorrow.  When you put the brown butter in the recipe is it still in liquid form, or did you chill it in the fridge once you browned it?  I’m just a little confused, because it said “cut into 1/4″ pieces.”  If you could help me out, I would appreesh!


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