Shortbread Red Wine Brownie Bars

Shortbread Red Wine Brownie Bars stacked on top of one another



Shortbread Base:

  • 115g unsalted butter, melted (approx. 1 stick)
  • 65g powdered sugar (⅔ cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 180g all purpose flour (1 ½ cups)


  • Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix
  • 2550g of chocolate chips (¼½ cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 54g red wine (¼ cup)
  • 72g vegetable oil (⅓ cup)
  • sea salt to top

Tools Needed:

  • 8”x8” Aluminum Pan
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Parchment Paper
  • Pie Weights or Dried Beans


Preheat the oven to 350ºF and pre-measure the ingredients for both the shortbread & the brownies.

Prepare and blind bake the shortbread:

  • Combine the melted butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl using a rubber spatula.
  • Then add in the flour and salt and combine. The dough will be a little buttery and greasy but don’t worry, that’s how it should be!
  • Grease an aluminum 8”x8” baking pan.
  • Dump the shortbread dough into the baking pan and using either your hands or a rubber spatula, begin to press and spread the shortbread until it reaches the edges of your pan.
  • To blind bake the shortbread: Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the shortbread crust and fill it with pie weights, rice or dried beans.
  • Blind bake the shortbread for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the brownie mix:

  • In a large bowl, add the red wine, egg and vegetable oil. Whisk together until nice and bubbly!
  • Then add the brownie mix and chocolate chips and whisk until completely combined.
  • After 15 minutes, remove the shortbread from the oven:
  • Turn the heat on the oven down to 325ºF
  • Carefully take the parchment paper and beans from the top of the pie crust (they will be hot)!
  • Prick the shortbread crust with a fork all over. This will help the moisture escape and the heat distribute evenly throughout this next step of the baking.
  • Add the brownie batter on top of the shortbread and bake for 35 – 38 minutes.

To tell when the brownies are done…

  • Use a toothpick and dip into the center of the brownie and see if it comes out clean.
  • And/or you can also “listen” to the brownie. If it is still fizzing a bit, it likely needs a few more minutes.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and top with sea salt.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting in and devouring!