Cookie Bars

I LOVE COOKIE BARS. I don’t why but I feel like cookies taste so much better when they’re in a square formation. Like the 90 degree angles just gives them more flavour.

I am very confused as to why I am only just making a recipe on them now. I apologise for taking so long, I forgot I think but anyway…..I hope you like this recipe.

Brown Butter

In most of my cookie recipes I’m always adding brown butter. THIS IS MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO. Brown butter gives cookies such a good flavour and it also makes your kitchen smell amazing. 

If you’ve never browned butter before, let me explain.

It is pretty simple, but you just add the butter into a pot and put it over medium heat. You don’t want to walk away from this, make sure to keep stirring during the process.

The butter will start bubbling up, then at some point it will turn foamy and then it will turn a light brown colour. This is when it is done.

This is an extra step but it is worth it!

Video Tutorial

How do I know when they’re done?

With cookie bars, I always used to struggle with knowing when they’re baked. I would either take them out too early and they would be too gooey, or I’d take them out too late and they’d be dry.

Either way, they still tasted great, so it is not that big of a deal but here are a few ways to know if they’re done:

  • The top should be a light brown colour, you don’t need them to brown too much.
  • The edges will be fully set. The centre will still be soft.
  • Lastly, a toothpick inserted into the centre will come out mostly clean, but it will have a few crumbs on it.

Also make sure to leave this to cool for an hour before cutting into it. You need to give it time for the centre to set!

Cookie Bars

Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 120g unsalted butter

  • 100g brown sugar

  • 100g granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 225g plain flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 160g chopped chocolate (I used dark and white chocolate)

Directions

  • Start by pre-heating your oven to 170c/325f. Also grease and then line an 8 inch tin with some baking paper.
  • In a pot, add the butter and place this over medium heat. Keep heating this, whiles stirring, until the butter becomes a light brown colour.
  • Once it turns brown, take it off and pour it into a large bowl. Leave too cool for 5 minutes.
  • To the cooled down butter, whisk in both sugars and the vanilla. Then whisk in the egg.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Add this into the other bowl and mix until a dough forms. It might seem like there's too much flour but just keep mixing and the dough will come together.
  • Now mix in the chocolate.
  • Add this cookie dough into your tin and press it down until you get an even layer. The easiest way to do this is by using wet hands.
  • Bake for around 35-40 minutes.
  • Once they're baked, leave to cool for an hour before taking out of the tin and cutting it but then enjoy!
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