Sunday, December 7, 2014

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - Secret Recipe Club

It's Secret Recipe Club  time and this is a bittersweet post for me.  Ever since starting in SRC in May 2011, I've been a member of group B.  Our leader was looking to move a few bloggers around and I volunteered.  No SRC for me in January, Group B is taking January off.  Beginning in February, I will be a member of SRC Group C.   I wanted to say a big thanks to our SRC B leader, Camilla.  She works tirelessly to make sure we all have our assignments and there are no orphans each month.  Thanks, Camilla for all you do!

Now on to the real focus of this post, my assigned blogger and chosen recipe!  This month I was assigned,  Pale Yellow.  Tracy says she an "Informal science educator/curriculum specialist,science teacher by day, baking blogger by night, former Michigander, current Rockaway Girl".  She has two pet turtles, how fun it that?  Even more fun, her former coworkers, with whom she had shared all of her delicious baked goods, bought her a Kitchen Aid mixed.  Wow, those must have been the best baked goodies!!! 

Speaking of baked goodies, Tracy's Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies caught my eye.   I am obsessed with brown butter!  Brown butter adds such a depth of flavor to recipes, sweet or savory.  Brown butter is easy to prepare.  Just don't look away, the butter can quickly go from delicious brown to burned.

These could be my new favorite bar cookie recipe.  As usual, I sent them to Tim's office.  I could have eaten the whole pan. 

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Recipe Courtesy of Pale Yellow
Yield – 20 bars
3/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
10 ounces dark chocolate chips
fancy sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and generously grease a 9 x 13” pan.  Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan.  Grease the paper as well.
  2. Add the butter to a medium saucepan and heat until browned.  The butter will smell nutty; stir the whole time.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Whisk the sugars into the butter and then whisk in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the cornstarch, soda, and salt.  Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Press the dough evenly on the bottom of the pan and sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top begins to brown.
  7. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.


  1. I will miss having you in Group B, Julie! Thanks for the kind words. Best of luck!!

  2. I would have to send those off too! Those look divine!

  3. I'm a complete crazy girl when it comes to browned butter, too. I blogged a similar recipe, but added candied bacon to them, and had to give them away for fear of needing larger pants! ;)
    I hope you have a great time in group C. You'll be missed!

  4. How do you join this secret recipe club??

  5. Anything with brown butter is amazing!! Great SRC choice.

  6. Awww....we'll miss you in Group B. This is a fabulous looking recipe - browned butter adds such a great flavor to baked goods! LOVE it!

  7. I am with Pam, how does one join this secret recipe club? I would love this!

  8. The one thing in life that's certain is change. Sometimes it's a good thing. These brown butter chocolate chip cookies look like a very good thing!

  9. I bet the brown butter added another yummy dimension to these cookies! :)

  10. I'm in love with brown butter too. These cookies look great!


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