Orange Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

Orange Rosemary Chocolate Shortbread

These orange rosemary chocolate chip shortbread bars are truly my favorite treat as of late! I first got the idea when I was thinking of interesting flavor combinations that just somehow work perfectly. Orange, rosemary and chocolate is one of those and I was inspired by this recipe Candace Nelson shared on PLSR a while back. I also had been wanting to make something other than a cookie as I felt like that was all I’d been sharing/eating lately, ha! Nothing wrong with a cookie but obviously wanted to give y’all some variety.

What Do These Shortbread Bars Taste Like?

If you don’t have rosemary on hand, don’t stress! While it does add a hint of freshness to the recipe, it is by no means a necessity. The texture of these shortbread bars is truly the star as they’re super crumbly on top but incredibly moist and flavorful. I love the freshness of the orange flavor mixed with the warmth of the vanilla extract.

How Do You Make Shortbread Bars?

When making the batter, the consistency might look a little dry but don’t worry! The batter will be slightly on the drier side since it’s a shortbread. A great way to test the batter is if you pinch a little bit of it between your fingers, it should stick together. You can tell these shortbread bars done when the top starts to get a nice golden brown color. You don’t want to let it get too brown as the bottom will start to overcook. A light golden color is exactly what you’re looking for! You can always stick a fork or toothpick in it and if that comes out clean, they’re done!

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe


Orange Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9 bars
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla bean extract
  • 3 tsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1-2 tsp orange zest, to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Mix together using a hand or stand mixer until fully incorporated (roughly 5 min).
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract, orange juice, zest, salt, rosemary and flour until just combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the dough into your parchment lined baking dish and press down to create an even layer with a rubber spatula.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes and let cool 5 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!
9x9 baking dish
parchment paper
large mixing bowl
measuring cup
hand mixer (stand mixer works too!)
rubber spatula


Orange Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Recipe


  1. Elizabeth says

    I love mixing fruit flavors with chocolate and these look delicious! Can’t wait to make them!