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Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars

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With three kinds of chocolate chunks and nutty brown butter, these Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars are an extraordinary treat! So delicious and so easy to make!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars on a tray

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars

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!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars lined up on a white tray

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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 this twist on Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! These Brown Butter Easter Cookies are another fun way to use brown butter!

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars in a square ceramic bowl

If these chocolate chunk bars are right up your alley, you’ll love these, too: Double Chocolate Chunk Bars, Toffee and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Chewy Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Quadruple Chocolate Cookies, and Death by Chocolate Cookies.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars on a white tray

The Recipe: Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars

A trio of chocolate chunks and brown butter make these cookie bars impossible to resist!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 24 bars

Ingredients

 

  • 2 sticks butter (browned, then cooled to room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 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.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g

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71 comments on “Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars”

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

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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