Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

These Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with a crunchy top and gooey center are a favorite sweet treat that are easy to make.

Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

Sometimes weather doesn’t cooperate with the plans we have made. Whether it’s days of rain, a massive snowstorm, or maybe just dreary overcast conditions, icky weather often can throw a wrench in even the best laid plans. Cabin fever can quickly set in, especially during the winter months. I’ve found one activity to be a remedy for cabin fever: baking. Whipping up a little baked sweet treat not only gives us something to do, but it makes the house feel so warm and cozy. Of course we get to enjoy the sweets of our labor, and share them with others too!

So if you’re in the mood for baking, and looking for something simple, yet delicious to try, these Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars come highly recommended. With a crispy, crunchy top and chewy gooey interior, they are the perfect treat to get your baking fix!

Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are easy to “make and take” which make them a great treat for tailgating, parties or sharing with the new neighbors. A box of these Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars packaged prettily would make a great edible gift during the holidays or perhaps bake up a big batch as a thank you for teachers, first responders or other volunteers.

Browning the butter takes a tad bit longer but is well worth the extra effort. It deepens the flavor, adding a hint of nuttiness. I could hardly stand it as I mixed up the dough. Brown butter is so fragrant! Browning butter is simple. Follow the steps in the recipe below. Just make sure to keep watch and you’ll have no problems achieving perfect browned butter. Once you learn how to brown butter you’ll be adding it to all kinds of recipes, sweet and savory.

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Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

A crispy top with a gooey center make these cookie bars the perfect treat.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F. Grease a 13×15-inch jelly roll pan (or 10×13-inch* baking pan).
  2. In a light bottomed colored skillet (white or silver), heat butter over medium-low heat. Butter will melt then begin to crackle as water evaporates. Watch for specs of butter solids on bottom of pan to turn golden. Once they do, remove from heat. Butter will continue to cook to a golden color. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl mix together browned butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture until incorporated.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and toasted pecans until evenly distributed.
  7. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan before cutting into bars.

*If using a 10×13-inch baking pan, bars will tend to be a bit thicker and gooier; cook time may need to be slightly adjusted. Be watchful for doneness.

Recipe slightly adapted from the Original Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Bars.

Originally published October 6, 2015.