Proposal Manager Stress? We Got You Covered on Holiday Cookies

Proposals, like baking, require balance. There are ingredients to measure, pressure and heat to apply, and patience required. Strike the right balance and your creation will engender interest and wonder. Just like my Gran did each and every holiday with these delicious Shortbread Chocolate Bar cookies.

Unlike your average proposal, these cookies only take about 30 minutes to make, including baking time, and you probably have everything you need in your kitchen right now.

From our family to yours, an easy, yummy, elegant cookie that will help you strike a better balance between work and holiday preparation.


3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature (Or soften a bit in the microwave)

3/4 c. sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

12 ounces chocolate (milk, dark, semi-sweet, chips, bars, you get the idea)

1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts or almonds or hazelnuts or gummy bears, you get the idea)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. Line a 13" by 9" baking pan with parchment paper (Or lightly spray with Cooking Spray)

  3. Beat butter and sugar until creamy (Hands work great, mixers work faster)

  4. Beat in vanilla

  5. Add flour (one cup at a time) and salt, and mix until just incorporated (Over mixing makes tough cookies) 

  6. Spread/press mixture evenly into the pan (A little flour on your hands make this easier)

  7. Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes (Check at 20 minutes) 

  8. Remove from the oven

  9. While the pan is still hot, pour/place the chocolate on the cookie to melt

  10. After a few minutes the chocolate will melt, spread evenly to the edges

  11. Sprinkle with chopped pecans

Toppings: Try segregating your toppings to create the miracle of multiple batches. No one will know you only made one batch but delivered four different variations! 

Cutting: Cut in the pan or use the parchment paper to carefully remove and move to a cutting board. Creating a little parchment paper "tab" on each side of the pan when you prepare it helps with the move.  

Delivery: For parties, cut into squares and serve in those little fluted paper cups. For shipping, cut into larger squares, like they do when you buy fudge, and pack in a cookie tin. This gives the cookies better odds of arriving intact - and recipients the opportunity to hack off the size of cookie they want.  

Did you know? Privia helps your organization strike the winning balance between process and innovation with automated workflow and real-time collaboration that lets you and your team focus on quality instead of process.

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