Candy Cane Kiss Shortbread Bars

Candy Cane Kiss Shortbread Bars

I have a confession. I may or may not have eaten an embarrassing amount of Hershey's candy cane kisses yesterday.
The evidence.

Oh come on.  Do you really think I ate all those by myself? No, wait...don't answer that. But let's just say I had, can you blame me?

Look how pretty they are.

While I did eat one or two, ahem, let's just say an indeterminable amount. Most of them went into making these puppies. I call them Candy Cane Kiss Shortbread Bars. A buttery shortbread crust, a layer of toasted macadamia nuts and melty candy cane kisses, make these bars delicious.
Candy Cane Kiss Shortbread Bars

Candy Cane Kiss Shortbread Bars

Yield: 16 bars   Printable Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 salt
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
2 (10-oz) bags Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses


Preheat oven to 350 F. In an electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt. Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased 13 x 9 pan. Spread the chopped nuts evenly over the crust.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

Place the unwrapped candy cane kisses in a blender or food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Spread the candy pieces evenly over the hot crust/nuts layer. Allow to sit until the heat from the crust has melted the candy. You may need to use a spoon to evenly spread the melted candy. It doesn't need to be smooth, just make sure all of the crust is covered.

Allow to cool in the refrigerator until the candy has hardened and set back up. Cut into bars. Eat and enjoy!
Candy Cane Kiss Shortbread Bars

Recipe Notes:
I experimented with several ways to spread the candy on the crust. Spreading the blended pieces was the best way to keep the pretty swirly effect of the candy cane kisses, while getting even coverage. Melting the candy beforehand then pouring over the crust will result in a solid pink candy layer, rather than the swirled effect. Also, when cutting the bars, make sure your knife goes all the way to the pan and your cuts are clean. Otherwise the candy layer will separate when trying to remove the bars.


Cassie | Bake Your Day said...

This is a gorgeous treat, Amber! I love shortbread!

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe said...

I like everything that's going on in these bars. And they're pretty too! Happy holidays Amber!

Mary Lynn said...

We need a quick recipe this time of year. I, too, love shortbread. Have you tried the peppermint M&M's. Soo good and no unwrapping necessary. HA HA Think I ate half a bag already.

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

What a brilliant idea! These look gorgeous and sound amazing!

Sonia said...

Hi There, Wow...this recipe is looking Wonderful and I'm loving it so much. t is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. I have been here after a while but enjoyed scrolling through your rest of the wonderful recipes.Today only I was wandering what to make, Got it now! I can't wait to try it on my island. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes.
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy holidays !!!
Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Aren't those candy cane kisses so addicting? I'm so glad you made bars out of them - I bet I'll be eating bar after bar until the whole pan is empty!

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