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Shortbread Brownies & A Giveaway

We've always been fans of unexpected pairings.  Peanut butter and cream cheese (trust us cookies, amazing).  Peanut butter and bacon.  Renee Zellweger and Jack White (aka the palest couple ever to walk the face of the earth).

So obviously when we saw this recipe we were taken immediately.

We love shortbread (a lot).  We love brownies (a lot).  Do we love them together?  Umm, is that really a question?

Ok fine, yes.  Yes.  We love them together.  We loooooooove them.

There's chocolate chip shortbread, which sounds fabulously delightful on its own, doesn't it?  Of course it does.

But hold on, we're not stopping there.  Oh no lovelies, this is the big time.

Obviously, it must be covered with a brownie.

An equally fabulously delightful brownie.  Gooey, chocolatey, crunchy and soft all at the same time.  And that's just the brownie.  Then you hit the shortbread.  And it's just,'s peanut butter and bacon good.

Aaaaaand, since Valentine's Day is just 2 weeks away and we're secretly praying that Zellweger leaves Bradley Cooper (so he can date us, of course) and goes back to White, because they were SUCH a better couple...we're giving away a little love.

These LOVE-ly nesting mixing bowls are just perfect for stirring up a batch of these shortbread brownies.  Which you could then send to Bradley Cooper in order to woo him away from a certain pale actress with your amazing baking prowess. Yup.  Totally could happen.

So just leave a comment telling us your favorite unexpected pairing (food and celebrity couples welcome). 

You have until 9pm EST on Thursday, February 3rd to enter and we'll announce the winner Friday, February 4th. 

Shortbread Brownies
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens 

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1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cold, diced
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment or foil.  In a food processor, combine 1 cup flour, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter.  Pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour dough into a bowl and mix in 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Press dough into pan and bake for 8 minutes.

While the shortbread is baking, combine sugar, 3/4 cup flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine.  Add eggs, melted butter, and vanilla and mix until blended.  Add in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and pour mixture over shortbread.

Bake brownies for 35-40 minutes.  Cool in baking pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, use foil or parchment to life the brownies out of the pan.  Cut and enjoy!

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Reader Comments (57)

Those brownies look ah-mazing! Not sure this is weird, but I love cheese sandwiches with plain potato chips on the them.

I will probably eat chips on my sandwich until the day I die!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

These look sooo good! How could that combo be bad?! My favorite strange food combination is peanut butter and pickle me, they're delicious!!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertaylor

These look terrific and the combination actually makes so much sense:-) My favorite random pairing is peanut butter and blueberries.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

These look fabulous! Not sure if this is a strange combo or not, but I love watermelon with feta cheese. I'm not sure if it's the salty/sweet combo or what, but I've been eating them together since I was a kid.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTalar

Delicious post, ladies! I think that my favorite combination would be pears and peanut butter. Not sure if that's strange, but it sure is yummy!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadison M

omg I just pooped my pants those brownies look so good!! People don't believe me when I tell them that bacon maple bar doughnuts are deeelicious. They're all "bacon on a doughnut?!" and I'm like, ya DUH you guys, come on!! As for celebrities, can I just state the obvious with Brad and Angelina? I don't think anyone expected that one... I'm still upset about it!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaija

I LOVE your blog! You guys remind me so much of my sister and me...and how we worship our desserts!

I love ketchup and broccoli, hummus and pickles, and crumb bun crumbs with peanut butter. Unfortunately, that last one always seems to win.......

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn

I LOVE to eat the end piece of a bread (the crusty part) with ketchup, smoked tofu and potato chips. So amazing!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelena

bacon peanut brittle is the best thing in the world - especially with a little red pepper flakes included.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMyra

When I was little I ate hot dogs and peanut butter. Gross! I don't think I have any wierd combos anymore though.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurab @Foodsnobstl

Some of my favorite combos are ketchup and macaroni & cheese, bacon and maple syrup, and ranch with my pizza. Mmm. Thanks - this recipe looks awesome!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I love french toast with bacon in the middle. Man.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCori

Pretzels and frosting - is that weird? I don't know, but it's delicious. and addicting. Those bowls are super cute - thanks for the great giveaway!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdi

French fries on a steak salad (or sandwich). If you don't believe me, just come to's a menu staple there!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Yummy, those look divine! My favourite weird combination would have to be french fries on a burger. It's the only way I like them! I'm also obsessed with putting a fried egg in the middle of my grilled cheese, it's so good!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterliv

I like grilled cheese dipped in ketchup. Mmm :) These brownie shortbread pieces of heaven should be on a plate in front of me now. Holy deliciousness!!!!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea the Kitchen Witch

bacon and maple flavored cupcakes--it works!!!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSee Nikki Cook

These look so delicious! My favorite odd combinations are carrots with hummus and apples with peanut good!

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I made brownies on a peanut butter shortbread crust, topped with peanut butter frosting. My co-workers loved them. As for odd food combs, I love bulgur wheat with apples & raisins for lunch.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I love tzatziki sauce on my french fries.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

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