Quite a mouthful. Both the title and these yummy little squares themselves. I wanted to make a dessert for a game night and I needed something quick and with ingredients available at home. My thoughts immediately gravitated towards chocolate chip cookies, because there is no limit to which my love for chocolate chip cookies can reach. However, I didn’t want to take all the time scooping out dough for individual cookies and alternating batches, so I decided to make a bar form. This is an everylittlecrumb original, and browning the butter in the dough was something I was really glad I did. The browned butter, if you’ve never done this before, gives a toffee like taste to the batter which just enhances the brown sugar that is already there. Browned butter is a little gourmet touch that a lot of desserts and some mains benefit from, and once you learn how to do it it’s easy! First timers, follow the instructions in this link. In a nutshell, you’re going to want to keep melting the butter until it starts to bubble and change color, while either whisking or shaking the pan constantly until it starts to reach a nut brown color. Make these and hide them until you need them because they will finish fast!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars:
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar (Can use dark or light only if that’s what you have available)
1/2 cup butter (113g) melted and browned
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (Depending on how chocolatey you want these)
Heat oven to 350 degrees (175 C). Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan and set aside. Melt the butter over medium heat and continue whisking as the butter starts to change color. You’ll start to see little brown flecks in the pan. Keep whisking until it reaches a nut brown color and immediately remove from the stove, still whisking until it reaches desired color (It will still darken off the stove since the pan is hot.
Pour butter into bowl, add all the sugar, and blend well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Add flour gradually a little at a time while still beating on low speed, add baking powder and salt. Mix well, and stir in chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes until set and light golden brown on top. Don’t overbake! You want these super chewy in the middle. Cool and cut into squares.