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posted: 04/17/15

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These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are insanely good! Like you cut off a slice and then suddenly the whole pan is gone good! If you’ve never made brown butter before, watch the video in this post to see how to make brown butter. It tastes amazing and adds such a richness to this chocolate chip cookie bar recipe. If you are looking for other great cookie bar recipes make these sugar cookie cookie butter bars, these vanilla cookie cookie bars, or these amazing sugar cookie fudge bars!

These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are insanely good! Like you cut off a slice and then suddenly the whole pan is gone good!

I totally just deleted what I was about to write to all of you in this post. I was trying too hard to be funny.

But here’s the thing.

I have spent the last 8 years growing people. And I’m pretty sure that a good 50% of the energy it took to grow those people was expended in the last three days. You guys. My baby is eating me out of house and home.

I’m too exhausted to be funny.

Can I ask you a serious question?

Is it proven that brown butter increases milk production? Because for the first time in my world renowned nursing career, I’m like seriously under producing. If brown butter could increase production, I would be golden.

No? It doesn’t?

What about cookie bars?

These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are insanely good! Like you cut off a slice and then suddenly the whole pan is gone good!

I promise you that at some point my blogging will become less about nursing toils and tribulations and more about brown butter.

You know what, that’s not a promise that I can make. Because as soon as it stops being about nursing its going to be about how hard it is to stay out of 4 year old girl drama. And then it’s going to be about why tween boys stop talking to you altogether. And all sorts of other nonsnese I can’t even fathom yet.

But brown butter. I can say that there will be more brown butter mixed in there. This is the first recipe I’ve made with it, and we are now BFFs. Like, super tight. We are even talking about going ring shopping. It takes a recipe that is already really good and takes it to a place where your mouth wants to close up shop because it knows that you are never going to eat something better.

I think it’s time to brown butter all the things.

HOW TO MAKE BROWN BUTTER

  • Place your butter in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Allow it to melt completely, stirring consistently.
  • Once it has melted, it will start bubble, foam and deepen in color. Continue stirring.
  • When brown bits begin to show up at the bottom, remove from heat and allow to cool a little before using in the recipe.

TIPS FOR THIS BROWN BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BAR RECIPE

  • Make sure you baking powder and baking soda are fresh. They need to be changed out every six months. To test them add a little baking powder to water – it should bubble immediately. To test the baking soda, add it to vinegar. It should bubble immediately.
  • Make sure not to over measure your flour. Do not use your measuring cup to measure the flour. Scoop it from the container into your measuring cup and then level off.

These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are insanely good! Like you cut off a slice and then suddenly the whole pan is gone good!

 

This brown butter chocolate chip cookie bar recipe is insanely good. If you’ve never made brown butter before, watch the video in this post to see how!
5 from 1 vote

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Serves: 24 bars
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are insanely good!  Like you cut off a slice and then suddenly the whole pan is gone good!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Over medium heat in a skillet melt the butter, stirring consistently. The butter will begin to foam and deepen in color and smell nutty. When small brown bits begin to show up at the bottom, remove it from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the granulated sugar, packed brown sugar, and brown butter together until fully combined. Add in the vanilla and then each egg one at a time until just mixed.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture, scraping down the sides as necessary. Mix until just combined.
  • With a spoon stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Press the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges just begin to turn golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
Calories: 155kcal (8%) Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 26mg (9%) Sodium: 109mg (5%) Potassium: 8mg Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 14g (16%) Vitamin A: 350IU (7%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Video

This brown butter chocolate chip cookie bar recipe is insanely good. If you’ve never made brown butter before, watch the video in this post to see how!

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These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are insanely good! Like you cut off a slice and then suddenly the whole pan is gone good!

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  1. Mir says

    Brown butter and beer, chica! Lots of both. Well, if you pump and dump. But that wouldn’t help you, either.
    Seriously, I feel for you. I had three babies in 4 years, and I’m just now starting to think that maybe I’ll sleep someday again.
    But you have these to sustain you. They look SO good.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Ugh. It’s so good to know that others have been there!

  2. Annie @Maebells says

    Oh dear! hahah! Bless your heart friend! I am not a mother, so I can’t say I have anything to help you. BUT I do think there are few problems that brown butter cannot solve, so maybe they will help!! :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Lol, thanks Annie!

  3. Rachel says

    Brown butter?!??! I’ve never even heard of it…these bars look great…and your post was #funny. #withouteventrying

    • Lisa Longley says

      Aren’t you just the nicest friend to have around, Rachel. Also, I totally made these during our Christmas baking, don’t you remember. Oh that’s right I left out the eggs so they tasted like garbage. #margaritas

  4. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says

    I totally understand the nursing drama! I seriously stressed over it for all 4 of my kids. You would think by the 4th, I’d be pretty easy-going, but I always always worried about production.
    Now these bars could totally make me forget all my worries! They look absolutely delicious!

  5. heather @french press says

    oh yes, I am in LOVE with brown butter, but more importantly, how in the heck did you get your squares SO damn perfect

  6. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says

    Ahhh man I was totally hoping you were on to something with the browned butter because it would be WAY better than all the other stuff I’ve tried!!! And yes one slice and this pan would be gone in a heart beat!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Julie, I recently heard from my sister-in-law who is a certified lactation consultant (wait? is that the right word? I’m so tired) that all that stuff about food that ups milk supply is bunk! :o

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    You’re my hero for nursing this long!! And girl, if you think brown butter might add some milk then go for it. Carte blanche to eat the whole pan! :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hahahaha! Thanks Dorothy!

  8. Lauren says

    Im sensitive to gluten. Do you think these would turn out the same if gluten-free flour is used?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Lauren! I have absolutely no experience in baking gluten free. If you give it a go with gluten free flour, let me know how it goes!

  9. Barbara says

    How long do these stay fresh?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think they are good for about a week in an airtight container.

      • Pete says

        Last a week??? Not if Im around. Bout 2-3 days.

  10. Meredith says

    I made these today and they are very yummy!
    It was my first time making brown butter and I am completely sold… delicious!
    My only change was to add some cinnamon to the dry ingredients because I add cinnamon to just about everything :) Thanks for the recipe!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Meredith, for some reason this comment totally cracked me up! I’m glad you liked them!

    • Jean KINCAID says

      I made these today. I don’t eat sugar so my taste testers felt there were too many chocolate chips. It made it too gooey. Will try again with less chocolate. Otherwise they said they were delicious.

      • Lisa Longley says

        Hmmm, I’m surprised they thought the chocolate chips made it gooey. Did they eat them hot out of the oven? That could explain it. Though in my book there is never enough chocolate chips.

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