These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are meant to be shared! Why spend all that time scooping chocolate chip cookie dough when you can make chocolate chip cookie bars?
My first experience with brown butter was when I made a brown butter sage sauce for three cheese tortellini. I was surprised at how easy it was to make and at the great flavor of the sauce. You just brown the butter in a pan, add sage and then add the cooked tortellini. That meal is Zack’s number one request, but not only does he like to have the brown butter sage sauce on his tortellini, he also likes to add alfredo sauce! Totally healthy, right? Healthy or not, the browned butter smells amazing. Ever since I started making that sauce, I’ve wanted to try baking with brown butter. I’ve heard that it gives baked goods a great flavor. I’ve seen brown butter frosting, brown butter cookies and brown butter brownies. I need to make 6 dozen goodies for this weekend so I thought this would be the perfect time to make a pan of cookie bars.
These cookie bars fill a jelly roll pan so I can get a lot of bars in one fell swoop. I don’t remember the last time I made chocolate chip cookies! If we are craving them, I make chocolate chip cookie bars instead.
This recipe starts with brown butter. Brown butter is made by melting butter in a pan over heat until the milk solids are browned. If you want more instructions for exactly how, check out this video: How To Brown Butter
These chocolate chip cookie bars are a bit more cake like than gooey. I added 1/2 cup of flour since I am going to be transporting them and they will be served on a tray. If you like the more fudgey type bars, try making these with only 4 1/2 cups of flour.
- 1 cup butter
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons water
- 1 cup shortening
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5 cups flour
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Brown the butter in a saucepan, pour into a large bowl and allow it to cool to room temp.
- Mix baking soda and water together and set aside.
- Cream together butter, shortening and sugars.
- Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
- Add the baking soda and water mixture.
- Mix in salt and add flour one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spread batter in a greased jelly roll pan.
- Bake at 350° F for 20-25 minutes. Do not overbake.
Here’s a little blast from the past…these two recipes are from 2011!