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brown butter pecan cookie bars in a pan with parchment

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Brown Butter and Pecans

Nutty and chewy chocolate chip cookie bars with lots of brown butter and pecans!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter, chocolate chip
Servings: 12 bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories: 387kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  • cup chopped pecans
  • extra chocolate and whole pecans for the top

Instructions

How to Brown the Butter

  • In a light colored pan, add 2 sticks of unsalted butter. Turn the heat to medium high and allow the butter to melt.
  • As it gets hotter, the melted butter will start to spit and foam. Stay by it as it boils, to stir it occasional. Allow to cook for 8-9 minutes. The butter should be amber in color and smell super nutty.
  • The best way to make sure you can see when the butter is brown is by using a light colored pan, otherwise you could risk burning it.
  • Once the butter starts to smell super nutty and is amber in color, remove it from the heat and pour into a medium bowl to cool.

How to Make the Cookie Bars

  • In a large bowl, add 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar and mix to combine. Add the cooled butter and mix to combine.
  • Add the 2 room temperature eggs and 2 tsp vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  • Finally, add 2 ½ cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips and ⅔ chopped pecans.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet with a rubber spatula.
  • Prepare a 9x6 baking dish with parchment paper and spray the paper with non stick spray.
  • Press the dough into the baking pan and top with extra chocolate chips and whole pecans. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. The bars should look matte on top when done and slightly golden brown.
  • Place the dish on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting. Serve warm!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Brown Butter and Pecans
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.6g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 319mg14%
Carbohydrates 53.2g18%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 32.2g36%
Protein 4.1g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.