Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars #TwoSweetiePies #TakeYourPlace #FoodBloggersAgainstHunger

Sometimes the simplest recipes reap the greatest rewards. As many of you know, the hubby requests chocolate chip cookies or bars nearly every week. Mr. Predictable has even learned to bake up a batch of “chippy bars” when he’s desperate. As a food blogger, I’m always hunting for new, innovative desserts to try…but my better half would be quite content with the same old Nestles Tollhouse cookies day after day. I knew my sweet blogger friend, Danielle, had a plethora of decadent chocolate chip cookies and bars on her blog, Hugs and Cookies XOXO…and it was nearly time for our recipe swap. Once a month, I bake up a recipe from her site, and she from mine. These Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars were another winner!


Her Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chunk Bars looked perfect. Bill was driving home from visiting his parents in Illinois as a wicked spring blizzard was hitting the Midwest. Knowing he’d be white knuckling it the whole distance (or maybe it was me that would be the nervous Nellie), I wanted to have some fresh from the oven, chocolate treat waiting for him. I tweaked them slightly by browning my butter, then cooling it, and adding milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and white chocolate chunks…Danielle used all dark chocolate. Feel free to use your favorite chocolates chunks or chips…these will be fantastic any which way you make them…

Oops…I goofed and posted this a week early. Danielle will share a recipe from my blog on the proper day (insert blushing face here). You can find Danielle on her blog, Hugs & Cookies XOXOFacebook, or Twitter. I can’t wait till next month! I have a stack of recipes to try! xo

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars…#TwoSweetiePies
Ingredients
  • Recipe adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO
  • 2 sticks butter, browned, then cooled to room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces chopped chocolate (I used 4 ounces milk chocolate, 4 ounces semisweet chocolate and 4 ounces white chocolate)
Instructions
  1. Line 9 x 13 pan with nonstick foil or regular foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix till combined. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in chocolate chunks (reserve a few pieces to garnish the top).
  3. Press dough into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool, then cut.
  5. Yield: 24 bars
  6. Total time: 2 hours

One out of five children in America live in households that don’t access to enough food. That figure is just appalling. Please scroll down to see how you can help on this day when food bloggers are joining together to fight against this epidemic…this horrible statistic can be changed.

Today, I am dedicating my post to Food Bloggers Against Hunger. This mission was started by The Giving Table, “a blog whose motto is ‘doing good with food’ has organized a campaign for food bloggers to join in the fight against hunger.” Too many in our nation are going to bed hungry and we must join together to find a solution.  Start in your hometown by supporting and donating to  local food banks. My youngest worked to feed our homeless over his college spring break at our St. Vincent de Paul Society. And, as a family, we donate non-perishable goods and more to Foodlink, a food pantry that serves our area. But we have to go beyond charity for hunger to be eliminated; policy must be changed. Please consider following this link to ask Congress to support federal nutrition programs. Whatever you do, please take time to fight the war against hunger.

My recipe today isn’t exactly a budget recipe, but it is one based on pantry ingredients…and is without added chemicals and preservatives. Consider a meatless meal to your weekly menu…using canned beans in an entree can create a delicious, economical entree….while providing complete protein when combined with rice.  Buy seasonal produce when on sale, and avoid the frozen entrees and any premade, timesaver options. And be grateful if you can afford fresh fruits and vegetables…not everyone in this country can. Donate the money you save to a local charity serving the impoverished.

A Place at the Table premiered on March 1st, 2013. This documentary from Participant Media—the same studio that brought you Food Inc.—follows three families struggling with food insecurity, and sheds light on the very real problem of hunger in America.” Check to see if it is playing in your area…or download it from  iTunes and Amazon.

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Comments

  1. That figure is so shocking. Who would have thought the USA could end up in such a state. (And I’m sure we Down Under are no different). There is certainly more than enough food to go around. I love your blondies – great to eat warm straight from the oven, especially after a harrowing drive home xx

  2. Bravo for supporting the fight against hunger, Liz.

    I applaud you too for sharing this beautiful brown butter and chocolate recipe from Hugs & Cookies. The bars simply sing comfort and goodness. Love your combo of mixing chocolates, too.

  3. The numbers are indeed disturbing and shocking that such problems exist in developed countries…

    p.s. I’ve had to laugh so much when I read your hubby would be happy with same old cookies everyday. I have a similar situation, no matter how much I’d experiment, mine always wants a slash of nutella to go with everything!

  4. Lizzy, your Browned Butter Cookie Bars are scrumptious as usual. This a great idea to use three types of chocolate.
    Kudos to you and your family for all that you are doing to fight hunger in America!

  5. I also support the fight for hunger among our own people. I keep a canvas sack in my pantry and fill it every week with Buy One Get One (BOGO’s) from our grocery stores. It goes to the local Women’s Center or whoever is collecting for the cause when it’s filled. And, as you know, I cook an evening meal every month for 15 at a home for abused/abandoned/neglected children. The best we can do while we are living a good life is to contribute to help and provide joy to those less fortunate.

    I printed this recipe for my darling baker husband to try. He’s been itching to bake some chocolate chip cookies and he has already become familiar with brown butter from your nutty butter banana bread recipe which has become a staple in our fam. Love all your recipes!!! Kaye

  6. Lizzy, these are absolutely stunning! I just want to sink my teeth in these bars!

  7. The perfect twist on chocolate chunk bars Liz! We should all try to help with worldwide hunger anyway we can.

  8. Such a worthy cause, Liz, and it’s so easy to forget there are people who go without food, even children. Regularly. I know I can always use a reminder and it’s wonderful to see bloggers joining together to raise awareness… These bars look delicious (love the 3 different types of chocolate combined in one bar) and I definitely agree with your tips on starting with food that’s not pre-prepared in order to save money… Great tips and thanks so much for sharing!

  9. A beautiful post and recipe for such a worthy cause! xo

  10. Our church is involved in a backpack program for an area low-income elementary school. We stuff about 50 backpacks with food and give them to the kids on Fridays so they’ll have food to eat over the weekend. It breaks my heart that that kind of thing is even needed.

    Anyhow, the bars look amazing. Love that you included white chocolate in there. :)

  11. What a sweet wife you are :) I bet your husband really loved having such a tasty treat waiting for him when he got home. I know our husbands are so similar in how predictable their tastes are…so frustrating for a food blogger. I have often asked him what kind of cookie he wants me to bake up, so I could do something new and different, and EVERY time he says “chocolate chip.” how boring! hehe.

  12. Applause to you Liz for your effort to help the hungry and to bring light to a disturbing fact. Mr. Predictable turned a coventional leaf by learning to make chippy bars. I love that!

  13. Liz, living in one of the most poverty-stricken areas of the country has made me aware of this plight on a daily basis. Sometimes it even makes me feel “guilty” about being a food blogger… but your recipe (and mine today) illustrate that you CAN use “the basics” to create tasty treats for your family on a budget. Mostly, I feel blessed to “share.”

    Recently, I had the privilege of compiling/developing/typing a cookbook for our church’s food pantry clients, using primarily food pantry ingredients. The need for recipes, education, and compassion never ends. Thanks so much for your contribution!

  14. I could probably eat a whole pan of these!

  15. A great recipe and an even greater mission. From where I come from, you can see kids in almost every corner no food,no shelter, no education, no health care and the list goes on, it really breaks my heart seeing them in such a misery and I was even more shocked and sad to know about this statistics in the US. We have to do something to end this. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook says:

    Oh wow, this looks to die for. It’s like a thicker, bigger cookie, and with two kinds of chocolate! I need these asap!

  17. Liz these looks delicious!! Who wouldn’t love this bar!! Love that you browned the butter!! Sure they were a hit!

    Mr. & Mrs. P
    http://www.cristyandmichael.blogspot.com

  18. These bars are beautiful and look so delicious, Liz. What a wonderful contribution to a great cause. Thanks for sharing.

  19. These are my kind of bars! Love the brown butter and chocolate chunks!

  20. Blogging against hunger is a great way to call attention to the ever growing problem of hunger. I made pasta e fagioli….a satisfying, delicious meal that costs very little to make.
    Love your brown butter bars, Lizzy! They look yummy!

  21. Love the look of your bars and will be trying them soon. Thank you for joining in the cause today!

  22. What a wonderful cause, Liz!
    I love your chocolate chunk bars. I just wish I could have them for snack. :)

  23. What a wonderful cause, Liz! It’s just so sad that in first world countries like the US and Canada, there are so many people who go through the day hungry. Even if we all did just a little, like donate food to the food bank, it would go a long way. And I adore these cookies – I’m seeing brown butter everywhere and I need to try it.

  24. I’m so glad you participated today. We need enjoyable and fun dishes too! Thank you for sharing your words with all of us.

  25. lovelovelove these

  26. Liz, what a great cause. It is incredible the amount of food that goes to waste in this country. We have cooked dinners for the homeless and also donate food. What is hard for many to believe is that a lot of us are just one paycheck away from homelessness. And working in the schools I can’t tell you how many kids needed that breakfast.

    And lovin’ the look of those bar cookies!

  27. carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

    What a worthy cause, Liz! Thank you for your participation in this shocking epidemic. The bars are absolutely lovely!

  28. Very sad to hear about so much hunger in America. I think there is less here and there is zero unemployment. Lovely bars – my kinda bar for sure!

  29. LOOKING GOOD!!!!! WILL POST MINE NEXT WEEK-CAN’T WAIT!

  30. This is a wonderful cause. I love these — they look so good and the browned butter puts them over the top!

  31. Great post, highlighting an important issue.

  32. These bars looks wonderful! And again browned butter.. I must try at last what that is :)

  33. I am in shock. 1/5? Really! Everyday I see abundant food goes waist in trash can. Some people just leave leftover food, because sometimes serving size is too big etc… I still cannot believe how high the number is. “Donate the money you save” sounds something all of us can do. Esepcially we food bloggers know how to cook in more budget friendly way. Great post, Lizzy!

  34. I am just blown away at how many of these blogging events you take part in; you really amaze me.
    I am not shocked at those numbers, sadly. We have several programs in Canada offering breakfast for kids at school, so I suspect it’s similar here. This is why I have such a hard time throwing away food, thinking of those who don’t have what we have.
    On a positive note, this chocolate chunk bar looks incredible. I can almost taste it and it looks as if it has wonderful texture too.

  35. I love the look of the three chocolates in there but it would be just dark chocolate for me too.
    Great cause. What horrific statistics you have over there.

  36. Browned butter and three different types of chocolate. These look delicious. My hubby is equally as boring! I just don’t think they like surprises!
    Great recipe.
    Childhood hunger is sad. Thanks for helping us be aware.

  37. Ooh, I’m down with the browned butter part!

  38. SO yummy Liz! I’d eat them all myself!

  39. These bars look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your stories. We also participated in Food Bloggers Against Hunger and dedicated our post today to raising awareness about the childhood hunger in America. We can all do our part to help end it!

  40. It is bars like this that I easily get addicted to, they are way to amazing! Your addition of the brown butter would be holy cats DELISH!!! Hugs, Terra

  41. I bet these are addictive!

  42. Bless you , Lizzy ! A little help goes a long way ! Back home , it’s worse though *sigh* On a bright note , love your neatly sliced and delectable choco bars :D

  43. Food Bloggers Against Hunger is a great venue to boost awareness and get these 1 out of 5 kids some help. Here in HK I see so much restaurant food thrown away and wasted in the garbage and it has not even gone bad they just made too much. I wish instead they could provide this to the poor.

  44. Yes, I did, Karen! Thanks so much for the info.

  45. What a wonderful cause! The bars look incredible!!!! I might be drooling just a bit. :-D

  46. these sound great! i am discovering my love of white chocolate.

  47. Such a wonderful cause to bring attention to! And I LOVE these loaded bars!

  48. It is so good of you to bring attention to this important issue. I work at our local food pantry and it seems the number of people coming in just keeps increasing. And this recipe looks really good too – my husband is also a cookie fiend!

  49. I love that you are doing this for a great cause! The cookies look amazing by the way!

  50. You had me at chunks, prefer them much more than chips. These bars look great! And this is a great cause to fight for sure. Hope getting the word out helps the cause.

  51. Oh my good lord these look amazing!! Brown butter?! SOLD

  52. Wow. These bars look so good. They look like the type of treat that’s even better the next day. Yum.

  53. Great recipe! Great cause! I hope he made it home safely. Snow driving is no fun.

  54. Love these bars Liz and I can only imagine how the browned butter upped the taste ante. Those stats are appalling, what a worthy cause.

  55. Kudos for spreading the word. There are so many things we can do. These days grocery stores are often outfitted with bags you can purchase and donate. Love how used he pantry items because everyone deserves a sweet treat and then!

  56. Great cookie bars and an even greater cause! Love the brown butter tweak. I bet it adds a real nutty flavor to these bars. Great recipe!

  57. I so want to addd these bars to my ‘bars to bake list’!!!
    Great cause and wonderful that you’re helping to get the word out;-)

  58. Great cause Liz…and these bars look awesome, as I was recently introduced to brown butter…like the 3 kind of chocolate chips :)
    Have a wonderful week!

  59. Liz this is a great cause you are supporting. In Sikh way of life” Wand Chakna” is an important principle. It means equal distribution of the fruits of labor. We see this world as one family and that is why understand the need to help. In fact one can go to Sikh temple on any day and anytime for food. Even youth group participate in helping taking fresh food every Sunday to East downtown Vancouver for the needy. i am not regularly involved but I do whatever I can.

    At this moment I feel that I am a needy person for these bars. They look incredible!

  60. You’re such a good wife having these yummy treats waiting for your hubby! I can’t believe you had a snowstorm in April, wow! Hope it’s all melted and you’re having warm sunshine by now but if not, I think another batch of these yummy treats would certainly ward away the winter blues :)

  61. did someone say brown butter? I love these. I KNOW THEY ARE EVEN BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL COOKIE!

  62. Love that you’re supporting such a great cause. And man oh man, these bars look like they’d be too dangerous to have around the house! I would have NO self control!

  63. Liz,
    you’re not only an outstanding baker,
    but you’re an activist, too.
    I Love! X

    btw, I’ve never heard of browning the butter. Interesting.

  64. There are soooo many great sweet recipes at XOXO! This is a keeper, my friend, truly!

  65. Lizzy these look absolutely scrumptious. Hope Bill made it back safely. I know how it feels to be a nervous Nellie. I am like that with my hubby, parents and kids a lot. :)

  66. Priceless! I love the brown butter addition. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend. I hope it drew some attention to your cause.

  67. shocking statistics. I can’t believe it, truly makes me sad.
    I think these bars would make me happy though…or just about anyone who receives them!

  68. Lizzy,
    My hubby is the same way. He complains that he gets something he loves once and then never sees it again. His favorite is chocolate too but he usually likes crispy cookies. He would eat as many of these bars as he could.
    Annamaria

  69. Wow 1 in 5?! That really is very sad. I’m sure it’s probably the same here in the UK too. Because we’re not in a 3rd world country, I do think a lot of people are unaware just how much poverty there is in countries that are generally classified as being rich. Well done for raising awareness.

    I’m laughing at your husband though being forced to make his own cookies in desperation! And after having the Tollhouse recipe a lot, these must be like Christmas for him. Hehe. I love how you’ve used all 3 chocolate types in your recipe and instead of using chocolate chips, they’re in chunk form – my favourite! I’m imagining that they’re perfectly chewy and full of flavour.

    These are being featured on todays Sugar & Slice Sunday link party. Thanks for linking up.

  70. Looks absolutely scrumptious! Will be putting this one on my to-bake list. Pinning! Lovely post Liz.

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