Taking A Break From Holiday Stress {Peanut Butter Shortbread Bars}

If you’re like me, your house probably looks like an explosion of kid toys, unfolded laundry, and still boxed Christmas decorations.  I work from home so in between photo shoots, conference calls, writing, editing and everything else that goes along with working for myself I also take care of two little rugrats all day.  Oh yeah, and Christmas is just over two weeks away. I need a break!  And you know what, mama? So do you!  So clear your afternoon, make these ridiculously easy treats and eat them all yourself while browsing for last minute gifts from your couch. You deserve it!

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Don’t these treats look amazing?!  I whipped them up using baking chocolate, peanut butter and Good & Delish shortbread cookies.  I had actually never heard of Good & Delish until I stopped in Walgreens the other day and saw their gift guide.  I ended up coming home with a Jake & The Neverland Pirates treasure chest and a ton of cookies!  FYI – If you need some great party snacks I would definitely check them out.


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When I saw the shortbread cookies I immediately thought that they would be amazing slathered in chocolate (because, you know, EVERYTHING is better with chocolate!).  So I brought them home, got out the chocolate and some peanut butter and made these amazingly decadent shortbread bars.  And you know what?  It took me all of five minutes.  Hooray!  Here is what you do: 

1. Spread some peanut butter onto each cookie.

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2. Microwave baking chocolate for about 45 seconds, let cool for one minute and drizzle onto your cookies.

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3. Add some sprinkles if you’d like, pop into the fridge for a few minutes and voila – instant decadence!

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Now prop up your feet, relax, and indulge in the chocolaty goodness!  Oh, and don’t even think about sharing – these are ALL for you!  I know it doesn’t seem like much, but in the hustle and bustle of the season even the smallest “time out” can make a huge difference on your stress level, your mood, and even how you handle your to-do list.

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P.S. – Don’t forget to check out the Walgreens Holiday Gift Guide, it’s full of great tips, recipes, craft ideas and coupons to help manage the madness so you can spend more time on YOU!

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  1. says

    Found your website through Collective Bias! I love this post, so yummy! I know you’re a professional photographer, but do you have any suggestions for a non-professional about photography? My main problem is natural lighting in my home, which is already pretty sparse but gets worse in winter… I don’t use the flash but need another source of light since my photos lack that luster yours have. Any suggestions? THANK YOU!!

    • Jess MillionMomentsJess MillionMoments says

      Hi Shannyn, that is a great question! Finding the right light is probably the hardest, but most important aspect of photography. Natural light is challenging in the Winter, but there are a few ways to maximize the light you DO have to get a great photo. I shot this whole post beside my dining room window on a really dreary day but I used two large white pieces of foamboard to bounce the light toward my food and eliminate shadows. I also used Christmas lights in the background to add a little extra. I don’t recommend using a direct flash as it is pretty harsh and you want light to hit from more than one direction, but if you have to you you can soften it up by wrapping a sheet of paper around it for your photo.

      Foamboard, a white sheet, or even a poster board are great ways to multiply the light that hits your subject and they cost almost nothing. If you want to spend a little money, you can find inexpensive (less than $30) shoot-through umbrellas or tabletop softboxes paired with daylight replicating bulbs on Amazon that you can use as filler light in addition to whatever natural light you have in cases where you need more. I know this is all very general, but feel free to email me if you have any specific questions 🙂 Thanks!

  2. says

    You are awesome, thank you! I’ve seen people use aluminum foil wrapped around cardboard to reflect light, or those shiny car dash protectors, but need to get something like foamboard or something to make the light reflect and diffuse the harsh shadows. Thank you!!

  3. says

    I really enjoyed your photos and post about these delicious bars! I made Peanut Butter Fingers a few times and they were a hit! Check out my recipe if you are curious!

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