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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!

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 Bars

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



  • 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)


  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.


Recipe adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 39mg Sodium: 220mg Carbohydrates: 30g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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71 comments on “Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars”

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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;-)

  10. 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 🙂

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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. 🙂

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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