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Lazy Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

An easy, simple, and delectable recipe that will please any crowd (even a crowd of 1 ;) featuring a load of chocolate chips, brown butter to level them up, and a super tasty cookie dough base.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 bars
Calories 295 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large Bowl
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 9x13 pan

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup butter two sticks equals 1 cup
  • 2 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs large, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour bleached
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bars

Instructions
 

Get Ready!

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray or butter.

Brown the Butter*

  • Put butter in a pan on the stove, and turn on medium heat.
  • Allow butter to melt and bubble, stirring occasionally to ensure butter is not burning.
  • Keep a close eye on the butter. It will go through a stage of bubbling, separating, then foaming. Once it gets to the foaming stage (about 10 minutes), watch until brown flecks begin coming through the top of the bubbles.
  • Stir briefly, allow to bubble for 15 more seconds, then remove browned butter from heat and pour into a glass or heat-proof bowl. You'll see flecks of brown in the butter, and it will be amber-colored.
  • Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.

Make the Cookie Dough

  • In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add in browned butter and stir until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the brown sugar mixture and stir just until flour is completely mixed in.
  • Stir in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

Bake

  • Bake the bars at 350 for 25-30 minutes. The bars should no longer be wiggly in the center when you jiggle the pan.
  • Cool for as long as you can stand it- then dig in!**

Notes

*Brown Butter: You do not have to brown the butter for this recipe, you can simply melt it. The recipe will not have quite the same richness, but will still be quite tasty and will save you a step if you need it!
**Storage: These will keep covered on the counter for up to 3 days. They'll keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. If freezing, eat the bars within a day after defrosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 255IUCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bars, brown butter, brown sugar, chocolate
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