Browned Butter Brown Sugar Bars

by Jennifer on November 15, 2013

in Brownies & Bars, Thanksgiving Desserts

Browned Butter Brown Sugar Bars by

Brown is one of my least favorite colors.

I mean, it’s brown. The color of dirt…poop…your uncle’s old microfiber recliner…

But, when it comes to baking, brown is the best! Brown sugar and brown butter marry in these delicious little bars. They come together quickly and won’t disappoint!

They are thin, so if you like them thicker, bake them in an 8×8 pan instead and adjust the baking time.

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Browned Butter Brown Sugar Bars
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Cook butter, whisking frequently. Watch butter carefully – remove from heat as soon as butter begins to brown and smells nutty. Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Add brown sugar and mix well. Add baking powder, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon and mix well again. Gradually add flour. Finally, add eggs and mix until well-incorporated.
  4. Spoon into 9×13 pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.
Adapted from Penzey’s.


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1 Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen November 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

These look fantastic! I love that they use brown sugar and brown butter- those two things must add so much richness to the cookie bars!


2 Jennifer November 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

Very rich little bars, for sure! :)


3 Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour November 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

You can’t go wrong with brown sugar and brown butter! Hope everything is going well with your little girl!


4 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Thanks, Meghan! It has been a little crazy, but we’re getting the hang of it :)


5 Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee November 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

You always make me smile Jennifer. Your uncle’s old microfiber recliner. Bahahaha! I have yet to play with brown butter. I want to know. Pinning these now!


6 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thanks, Melissa!


7 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me November 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

Brown butter anything makes my heart sing. Yum!


8 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Me too!


9 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen November 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

These look scrumptious, Jennifer! They look perfectly crunchy-chewy, too. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with browned butter and brown sugar. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend with the fam!


10 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thanks, Stacy!


11 Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

when it comes to food, brown ruuuules! Love the flavors of these bars, so yummy!


12 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks, Kayle! Brown is the best :)


13 Yvonne @ bitter baker November 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

Brown is one of the better colors when it comes to food! (chocolate is brown!) These look delicious :) And congratulations to your daughter, she’s super cute! She’s a lucky girl with all those sweets hanging around :)


14 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Thanks, Yvonne!


15 Sue {munchkin munchies} November 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

These sound delicious, Jennifer! I will add chocolate and gingerbread to your brown favorites:)


16 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Oh yes – those are very yummy brown things too! :)


17 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 18, 2013 at 8:17 am

These look delicious– have you been eating tons of sweet now that you can?


18 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Haha – there have been a couple indulgences, but sometimes I totally forget to eat! Things get hectic with a baby around – who knew? ;)


19 Zainab @ Blahnik Baker November 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hmmmm, I agree! In baking, brown is IN! Love these bars and I am sure the double brown effect makes them super delicious :)


20 Jennifer November 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Thanks, Zainab :)


21 Reeni November 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

In between laughing my a*# off I’m wishing I had one of these bars! Brown butter + brown sugar = heavenly!


22 Jennifer November 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

Thanks, Reeni!


23 Laura Dembowski November 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

These sound so easy to make. Love that! The flavor sounds so complex and decadent too!


24 Jennifer November 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm



25 Asmita November 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Love the sound and look of these! Craving them.


26 Jennifer November 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Brown butter is the best!


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