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Fudge-Topped Shortbread

This combination of buttery shortbread and sweet chocolate is wonderful. Whenever I make it, there's nothing but crumbs left. Be sure to cut these into small squares because they're very rich. —Valarie Wheeler, DeWitt, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • In a bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° until lightly browned, 16-20 minutes.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine condensed milk and chocolate chips. Microwave, uncovered, on high until chips are melted, 30-60 seconds; stir until smooth. Stir in extract. Spread over the shortbread. Sprinkle with almonds and press down. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 115 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • suekg
    Dec 17, 2013

    No fail here. Simple flavors

  • rayeellen
    May 23, 2012

    I made a pan of this for a friend and she took it to work. Now her coworkers want it at every pot luck. Easy and delicious. I also made a truffle with the same recipe. I took the shortbread dough and rolled into 3/4 inch balls. Baked them for about 8 minutes. I prepared the chocolate but let it cool for a bit to make it easy to mold around ball. I then rolled that in ground almonds. I chilled then and they were delicious truffles.

  • PaulaDeenwannabe
    Nov 16, 2011

    I added a tsp. of almond extract instead of 1/2. Also the second time around sprinkled toffee crumbles on top of the shortbread before baking. So good!

  • katj
    Dec 6, 2009

    At Christmas time I substitute peppermint extract for the almond extract and crushed peppermint candy for the almonds. Beautiful.

  • dstephe
    Aug 8, 2009

    This is just fabulous! It did not last long in my house. It was really simple and easy to make.