I will fully admit I'm not the biggest cookie person. I will eat cookies and I will make cookies, I just prefer other types of desserts and sweets. That all changed after I made these insanely decadent brown butter pecan cookie bars. These cookie bars are the best dessert recipe I have on my blog, aside maybe from my homemade tiramisu and my galettes, but damn these are delicious, and excellent for any family gathering.
One of my favorite aspects about this recipe is the beautiful combination of the brown butter paired with the pecans, hence the name of the recipe. Brown butter is one of those things that just makes every recipe better. It does mean there's an additional step to this recipe, but because we are making cookie bars, there's no need for the recipe to chill or to use just softened butter. This is a "whip up and pop in the oven" type of recipe and as we know, easy recipes is my jam.
Well, brown butter essentially turns the milk solids of the butter brown, so essentially it's lightly burning or toasting the butter until it forms a nutty, super aromatic butter. Browned butter gives anything whether sweet or savory an intense flavor, but it can easily go from just right to OMG WE BURNT THE BUTTER in a matter of seconds.
When making the brown butter, you really want to stay near the stove the entire time. Walking away or turning to answer a text can be game over in a split second. From my experience, here are a few things to remember:
ANYONE can brown butter, trust me. I used to be so scared to try it, but once I finally let go of the fear of trying something new in the kitchen, I was very pleasantly surprised.
I absolutely love using brown butter in a variety of ways:
Make a cup of brown butter and you've got a million ways to use it!
These brown butter pecan cookie bars require the staple ingredients when it comes to cookies, with the addition of the browned butter and pecans. Oh, don't forget a ridiculous amount of chocolate chips because, hello, we love chocolate chips.
As I mentioned, this recipe does not require chill time other than letting the butter chill in the fridge once it's browned. Otherwise, make and bake!
For the Brown Butter:
For the Bars:
I can't tell you how amazing these cookie bars are, you're just going to have to make them for yourself and then report back to me saying, "WOW Morgan, you are right. These are the best cookie bars I have ever had." Don't say I didn't tell ya!
Looking to make more cookies? Here's some of my favorites:
Thanksgiving desserts don't always have to revolve around pies. These brown butter pecan chocolate chip cookie bars are perfect for gathering with family and friends and basking in all that gratitude we share during this time of year. Plus, brown butter makes everything better.
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