Mar 12
2012

White Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe with Brown Butter & Espresso

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As I was browning the butter and pulling out the sugar and white chocolate chips for this bar recipe, I realized that desserts have been in short supply here since I adopted a healthier eating lifestyle. Looking back, I see that there is only one dessert recipe posted here since the new year (Puff Pastry “Ravioli” with Gingersnap Mascarpone & Marionberry Sauce). Horrors! Truth be told, I have snacked on cookies here and there – after all, that’s what moderation is all about, right? – but usually I have quelled any sugar cravings with sweet herbal tea or fruit, such as this Pink Grapefruit & Orange Compote with Ginger Yogurt.

This bar recipe is based off of a cookie recipe that my dad makes…one of my all-time favorite cookies, to be sure. I couldn’t find the exact recipe, so I winged it a little and took some liberties, such as browning the butter. If you have never been treated to brown butter, rest assured that the few extra minutes required to turn the butter from a creamy yellow liquid to a nutty brown elixir of the gods is well worth it. It works beautifully as a simple sauce for gnocchi (particularly when combined with fresh sage) and takes your favorite baked goods from really good to divine.

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When mixed with white chocolate chips, espresso powder and ground cinnamon, the brown butter and sugar mixture turns into a chewy bar studded with rich flavors. Remember that moderation thing I was talking about? Well, that becomes a tad bit challenging when these bars sing their siren’s song. I recommend giving some away to the neighbors and freezing the extras for future bouts of “moderate eating”.

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The recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment paper, with parchment paper edges hanging over the side.

Melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the butter turns golden brown. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine eggs, espresso powder and vanilla extract. Whisk until espresso powder is dissolved. Set aside.

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In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl, using a hand mixer), combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and cooled brown butter. Beat on medium speed until well-combined, about 3 minutes.

Add the egg mixture and beat again, about 30 seconds.

With the mixer set to low speed, gradually add the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides as necessary and beat just until the flour is combined.

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Remove the bowl from mixer and stir in the white chocolate chips. Gently press the mixture into the pan until even.

Bake until the top is medium golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Holding the parchment paper flaps, lift the bars out of the pan and let cool completely. Cut into bars and serve.

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Other desserts with brown butter:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Brown Butter & Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Cookin’ Canuck’s Brown Butter, Pine Nut & Rosemary Cookies
Recipe Girl’s Strawberry & Brown Butter Shortcake
Barbara Bakes’ Apple Blueberry Brown Butter Bliss
101 Cookbooks’ Brown Butter Spice Cake

White Chocolate Chip Bars with Brown Butter & Espresso

Yield: Makes approximately 36 bars

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 14 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups good-quality white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment paper, with parchment paper edges hanging over the side.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the butter turns golden brown. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine eggs, espresso powder and vanilla extract. Whisk until espresso powder is dissolved. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl, using a hand mixer), combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and cooled brown butter. Beat on medium speed until well-combined, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the egg mixture and beat again, about 30 seconds.
  7. With the mixer set to low speed, gradually add the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides as necessary and beat just until the flour is combined.
  8. Remove the bowl from mixer and stir in the white chocolate chips.
  9. Gently press the mixture into the pan until even.
  10. Bake until the top is medium golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  11. Holding the parchment paper flaps, lift the bars out of the pan and let cool completely.
  12. Cut into bars and serve.

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1 Kathryn March 12, 2012 at 3:44 am

I think every healthy eating regime should have room for things like this in it! Especially when said things involve brown butter.

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2 Liz March 12, 2012 at 4:11 am

Oh, gosh, these look irresistible! Brown butter and white chocolate? Ooh la la…I’m making these for sure!!!!

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3 heather March 12, 2012 at 4:44 am

Oh, these look heavenly! Brown butter. Enough said. :)

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4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 12, 2012 at 6:06 am

This bar is fabulous. I love making bars with white chocolate chips – it always makes me happy!

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5 Jessica March 12, 2012 at 7:01 am

there are so many things I love in this recipe. Bless you.

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6 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 12, 2012 at 7:22 am

I really need to get on the brown butter train…

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7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

Ohhhh momma! Brown butter and espresso might be the perfect flavor combination. Pinned!

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8 Maria March 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

Love the brown butter! These bars look fabulous!

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9 Blog is the New Black March 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

Heaven. Brown butter = YUM!

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10 Annalise March 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

I *did* happen to notice the lack of dessert recipes on your blog in the last few months. :) These bars look fantastic!

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11 Cassie March 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

Brown butter and white chocolate chips? My dream bars! I love these Dara!

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12 foodwanderings March 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

Miss Dara, your kids must love ya So many delicious savory and sweet goodies. I don’t use white chocolate often enough but now I got not excuse but get some! Heading to the Asian and other markets today!!

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13 Tickled Red March 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

Girl those are awesome! “Brown Butter Espresso” has me drooling. Too bad I don’t have any to snack on while I’m at work ;D

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14 Lora March 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

What gorgeous flavors. I want one (or three) of these now!

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15 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

omg i love these! They look so good

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16 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker March 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Dara, These sound fabulous! I just discovered brown butter a few months ago and fell in love with it. I can’t wait to make these!

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17 Tracey March 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

You had me at brown butter – it’s my favorite!! These look wonderful – definitely worth indulging for every once in a while.

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18 Lori @ RecipeGirl March 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Yum- perfect reason to indulge!!

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19 Ambika March 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I love brown butter. I am sure these bars taste delightful!

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20 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen March 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I am so in love with browned butter and your bars sound wonderful!

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21 Marla March 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Oh my do these treats look great! The only question I have is how would one NOT eat the entire pan ;)

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22 jenna March 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

brown buttah and espresso?? youv’e stolen my heart! :) happy monday!

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23 Deena @ stay at home FOODIE March 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Yum. I love brown butter. I use it in my pumpkin bread. Love the idea of it in a blondie.

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24 Meg @ Sweet Twist March 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

Well I think I love everything in these bars. I will have to make them.

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25 Feast on the Cheap March 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

I love that you browned the butter – these bars look worth every last calorie!

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26 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Oh how I love white chocolate and espresso! These bars look incredible. :)

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27 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I recently went through a huge weight loss journey too about a year ago and I’ve learned that as long as you portion control and eat things in moderation, you could eat almost anything. Although having to portion control these gorgeous treat does seem like a bit of a struggle!

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28 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 14, 2012 at 1:17 am

What a winning combination of flavors, browned butter is so good!

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29 Becky @ Project Domestication March 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

My goodness, these look divine. I love browned butter and your flavor combo choice look perfect. I’ll have to try this soon.

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30 Lora @cakeduchess March 15, 2012 at 6:40 am

Portion control is so important. That photo of the butter is so tempting! Browned butter and espresso together must be wonderful. Great recipe, Dara!:)

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31 Katherine Martinelli March 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Ooh I love the espresso powder in these!! And the brown butter! Ok, everything :-) Yeah, moderation would be hard with these bars.

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32 Nicole, RD March 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I love the sound of these…and they look like the perfect portion :)

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33 Sara Grace March 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

mmm… brown butter is one of my weaknesses! these look/sound fantastic
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34 Maureen March 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

I don’t cook with white chocolate enough. These look so good.

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35 Kevin (Closet Cooking) March 25, 2012 at 2:32 am

Those white chocolate chip bars look really good! I am definitely going to have to try using browned butter in baking.

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36 Leslie April 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I made these yesterday and took them to work this morning. They were completely gone in just under two hours! Thank you for such a delicious recipe. The flavors together were just terrific.

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