Dark Chocolate Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These chocolate chip cookie bars are so rich and gooey! The browned butter gives them great flavor and the dark chocolate chunks are like little pools of heaven. You can swap out milk or semi-sweet chocolate if that’s more your speed, too.
Dark Chocolate Browned Butter Cookie Bars - the softest, gooiest cookie bars with tons of melty chocolate!

Can we talk about chocolate chip cookies for a minute here?

They’re my favorite. That simple, classic cookie that everyone instantly recognizes, with no strange ingredients or difficult steps. Just a perfectly soft, somewhat chewy, chocolate loaded cookie. My favorite recipe comes straight from Anna Olson of The Food Network. I discovered her recipe when my girl, Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction, shared her slightly modified recipe. Since then? Total favorite. They became an instant hit and I always go back to that recipe.

Dark Chocolate Browned Butter Cookie Bars - the softest, gooiest cookie bars with tons of melty chocolate!

I went ahead and doctored the recipe up just slightly by turning them into bars, browning the butter to give it some more depth, and replacing my usual milk chocolate chips with a bar of dark chocolate, chopped into chunks. The pools of melty chocolate will make you lose your mind. Truth. Best part about cookie bars? You don’t need to chill the dough before baking!

I baked an entire 9×13 pan of these cookies for only 15 minutes which meant that they were so perfectly underdone that they just melt in your mouth. If you don’t like gooey cookies, keep these in the oven for an extra 3 or 4 minutes. Don’t go too long, though, because who wants crispy, crunchy cookie bars?

Dark Chocolate Browned Butter Cookie Bars - the softest, gooiest cookie bars with tons of melty chocolate!

You’ll want to let these bars cool for as long as you can stand it (for me, that meant about 30 minutes) before cutting. Like I said, they are underdone and gooey. They will fall apart if you don’t let them cool a bit. Then again, nobody said you can’t eat these with a fork, so if you’re really impatient, go ahead and dig in!

My daughter took one bite of these bars and proclaimed them the best ever. Her exact words were “these taste like a miracle.” Have I convinced you to let these be your favorite cookie, too?

Dark Chocolate Browned Butter Cookie Bars - the softest, gooiest cookie bars with tons of melty chocolate!

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Dark Chocolate Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (milk or semisweet can be substituted)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add the butter to a small saucepan set over medium heat and cook until it melts. Whisk the butter constantly. It will foam and bubble. Continue whisking until the butter has turned a golden brown color and smells nutty. Remove from the heat, let cool 5 minutes, and add to a large mixing bowl.
Beat the butter and sugars together until well combined. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment or foil. Press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes exactly for bars with a gooey, underdone center. Bake a few minutes longer for firmer, more set bars.
Cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting, longer if you don't want your bars to fall apart.

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41 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness February 24, 2014 @ 6:38 am (#
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    Read the title. I thought I died.
    Saw the pictures. Died x2.
    These look INSANE Karly. Like, I need them in my life yesterday! Pinned!

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  2. Charlotte February 24, 2014 @ 7:02 am (#
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    OMG I need these in my life. I may well make them in about half an hour. They look like melty deliciousness, and the brown butter sounds like it’ll add fantastic depth!
    Thank you for improving my Monday.

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  3. Belinda@themoonblushbaker February 24, 2014 @ 7:50 am (#
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    GOD!!! I am in love with the chocolate puddles. I want these in my life, so stunning for a Monday post!

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  4. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor February 24, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#
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    Oh man, pass me a few of these! I love ooey gooey bars and these ones are over the top!

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  5. marcie February 24, 2014 @ 8:40 am (#
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    Oh, these look insanely gooey and decadent! That browned butter has to make these even more delicious than ever.

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  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 24, 2014 @ 8:42 am (#
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    I need this in my life asap!

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  7. Melissa {Persnickety Plates} February 24, 2014 @ 9:08 am (#
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    What a beautiful mess! I think I need to try these.

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  8. katie February 24, 2014 @ 10:21 am (#
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    I crave chocolate chip cooking anything daily. I need this right now. Darn you–I know what I’ll be doing tonight. Baking up a batch of these!

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  9. simple green moms February 24, 2014 @ 10:53 am (#
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    Totally want to make (and eat) an entire batch of these right now!

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  10. Heather @ French Press February 24, 2014 @ 1:48 pm (#
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    well, my plan to eat healthy today…shot to hell :) for a good cause

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  11. Erin | The Law Student's Wife February 24, 2014 @ 1:57 pm (#
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    Can I swim in these chocolate pools please???

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    Karly Reply:

    @Erin | The Law Student’s Wife,

    Don’t forget your floaties!

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  12. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts February 24, 2014 @ 3:48 pm (#
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    The melty chocolate in the pictures???? I’m done! Looks amazing!!

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  13. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 24, 2014 @ 4:39 pm (#
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    Oh my goodness. I’m drooling. Underdone = the only way to eat a cookie!

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  14. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 24, 2014 @ 4:39 pm (#
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    omgosh that is so cute: They LOOK like they taste like a miracle! I love browned butter and cookies and dark chocolate and these look sooooo gooooooey!!!

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  15. Graham @ Glazed & Confused February 24, 2014 @ 5:41 pm (#
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    As if a title that long didn’t hook me in immediately, you definitely got me when I started scrolling! My god, these look absolutely amazing! I wish I could have one right now, but I guess I’ll have to settle for baking some later.

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  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 24, 2014 @ 7:30 pm (#
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    Holy chocolate explosion!! Yum!

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  17. Ashton February 24, 2014 @ 7:37 pm (#
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    oh……myyyyyyyy……gosh. I mean… just omg. These look incredible, and I will OBVIOUSLY have to make these ASAP!

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  18. Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen February 24, 2014 @ 8:29 pm (#
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    Oh My Word!!! I want to face plant into these right now!

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  19. Tara February 24, 2014 @ 9:21 pm (#
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    Oh my goodness, these look amazing. I am such a sucker for soft, gooey chocolate chip cookies, too!

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  20. Joanne February 24, 2014 @ 10:33 pm (#
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    Your daughter is wise beyond her years. These are definitely a miracle.

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  21. Jennie @themessybakerblog February 25, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#
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    Oh so gooey. Hand over the bars :)

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  22. Tracy | Pale Yellow February 25, 2014 @ 6:15 pm (#
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    The melted chocolate streaks are too much to handle! Gooey is my middle name. these look absolutely phenomenal!

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  23. Lisa @hooplapalooza February 25, 2014 @ 9:32 pm (#
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    ok ok. all the comments above-ditto.

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  24. Jackie February 28, 2014 @ 10:55 am (#
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    Oh my. A ooey-gooey sweet treat I won’t be able to resist trying! I can almost feel it melting in my mouth from those pictures…

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  25. Petra February 28, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#
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    Utter food porn, recipe saved, I have to make these! They looks incredible :) (via Food Fetish Friday)

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  26. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) March 9, 2014 @ 7:49 pm (#
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    I seriously almost fainted. This is amazing. I need these! Pinning now!

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  27. Hamda March 11, 2014 @ 8:23 am (#
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    I just want to say I love love LOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE your recipes. I’m going to try this one for mothers day. can I make the cookies round though if I press the dough and roll it into a ball (like normal cookies) or will the cookie fall apart?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Hamda,

    You can definitely make these into regular cookies. Just be sure to chill the dough for at least 2 hours before baking. You might also be better off with dark chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate so it’s not quite so melty.

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    Hamda Reply:

    @Karly,

    nooooooo!!!! the melty chocolate is the best part!

    fine square it is -_-

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  28. Ok… I cannot get over that melty chocolate in your photos! Your pics are amazing, and those alone convinced me that I MUST make these!

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  29. Hamda March 23, 2014 @ 3:04 am (#
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    ok tried the cookies and my family loved them! they just needed a little something so I added some coarse sea salt on top of the second batch for that sweet and salty combo taste. (the best of both worlds!) this recipe is a keeper!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Hamda,

    Sea salt is always a good addition!

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  30. Whitney March 26, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#
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    How do you think this would do as a make ahead? I was thinking of making the dough in the morning before work, refrigerating all day, and then making at an house party I’m going to in the evening. Do you think it would ruin the delicious gooeyness?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Whitney,

    I think that would work just fine…they should still be gooey and melty! You’ll need to bake them a bit longer though, I’d imagine, since they’ll be cold. Just keep a close eye on them!

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  31. Ak March 30, 2014 @ 7:29 am (#
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    I made these following the directions and quantities (I only left out the corn starch) and they turned out completely crumby and dry. How do you make them so gooey?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Ak,

    Sorry to hear that! Are you sure you measured correctly using a dry measure for your flour? Did you happen to overbake them?

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  32. Claire Gallam March 31, 2014 @ 9:51 am (#
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    I can not get over how INCREDIBLY DECADENT these look!!

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  33. Joyce May 14, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#
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    I just made these today to take with me to a friends’ house. EVERYONE LOVED them. I am new to baking / cooking so felt so proud of myself! Thank you for sharing so many of your great recipes.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Joyce,

    So happy to hear that! Thanks for reading! :)

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  34. Lilly May 22, 2014 @ 11:36 am (#
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    Randomly found this recipe online… Time to believe in destiny? ;)

    I made these yummy treats for a family dinner yesterday and they were amazing! They are all gone today :)

    Browning the butter made me a little nervous as I had never done it before. And, my final result wasn’t as photogenic as the above but they were still like the best cookie you ever had.

    I’ve been asked to (more like ordered to, lol) make these for football season. Thanks for giving me a new recipe for my repertoire.

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