I’ve been posting some pretty darn healthy stuff around here lately, so I thought now might be a good time to take a break from the healthy stuff and show you these cookie bars (or “blondies” if you prefer that title.)
If you don’t take one look at that picture above and want to stuff that spoonful of cookie dough in your mouth this instant, I’m not sure we can be friends.
Kidding! But seriously, no one can resist a gigantic chocolate chip cookie, baked in a pan, and cut into squares (I don’t care who ya are!) And if you can believe it, this recipe is even more irresistible than the average cookie bar, because of the inclusion of browned butter. Browned butter has an amazingly rich and toasty flavor! Have you ever made it before?
The process takes a few minutes, but it’s not complicated at all. You simply simmer regular butter on the stovetop and watch it go through various phases of metamorphosis until it takes on a golden hue and begins to emit a nutty (heavenly!) aroma.
And since all cookies have a better, less greasy texture when you start with soft butter (rather than fully melted butter), I recommend making your browned butter ahead of time, chilling it, then setting it out to soften an hour or so before baking these cookie bars. I promise, that is the only high-maintenance step in this recipe… the rest couldn’t be easier! And the final dessert is SO worth that little extra touch of care. (The flavor of these bars is beyond addictive!)
Here’s what browned butter looks like after it’s been chilled and set out to soften.
I know you will enjoy these cookie bars! I highly recommend them for your next camping trip, potluck, or house party… they are a major crowd-pleaser. (Or you could cut the recipe in 8ths and enjoy it all by yourself. I would heartily approve that choice as well.)
Here is the printable recipe.
Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
This classic chocolate chip blondie is dressed up with the edition of nutty browned butter.
Author: Emily of The Blonde Buckeye | modified for prettyhungryblog.com
Recipe Type:: Dessert
- 1¼ C all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¾ C brown sugar, packed
- ¼ C white sugar
- ½ C unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
- 1 C chocolate chips
- Well ahead of time, melt the ½ C butter in a skillet over medium/high heat. Allow butter to bubble, stirring occasionally, over 6-10 minutes until it takes on a golden hue and begins to emit a nutty aroma. Once this occurs, immediately remove butter from heat, to prevent burning.
- Pour browned butter into a large, heatproof mixing bowl and chill until solid.
- -2 hrs. before baking your blondies, allow chilled browned butter to come to room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder & salt.
- In the larger mixing bowl with the browned butter, cream together the sugars and butter using electric beaters.
- Next add the egg & vanilla paste to the sugar & butter, beating to combine.
- Add dry mixture into the wet, mixing carefully until just combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Transfer batter to the prepared baking dish, making sure to spread the batter to all sides of the dish & smooth out the top.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the top is set & the sides are JUST starting to turn golden (do not over bake).
- Cool completely in the dish on a cooling rack, about 1-2 hours before cutting.
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