Brown Butter Bars

Count the memories. . .
not the calories.

The holidays are upon us, my friends,
and that means the joy of baking. . .
hours upon hours of baking!
I have shared in the past that I have a sweet tooth
and oh, how I love my sugary treats!
I try not to make desserts too often,
but around the holidays I thoroughly enjoy being in the kitchen.

My son kicked off the holiday season with these amazing brown butter bars.
He was going through my cookbooks and found this tasty recipe.
So one afternoon he and I whipped up these oh-so-good treats
and after just one bite I knew I had to share the recipe with you.
Brown sugar, butter, milk chocolate, and pecans. . .
four ingredients that will have your guests asking for more.

The recipe is from the cookbook
Cookies in the Clouds - High Altitude Baking
by Vera Dawson


1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
8 tablespoons {1 stick} unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
6 ounces milk chocolate
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick aluminum foil
or with regular foil and grease well.
Extend the foil several inches over two sides of the pan
to use as handles when removing the baked bars.

Put the brown sugar in a large bowl
and stir briefly to lighten and separate.
Set aside.

Cut up the butter and place in a small saucepan
over low heat.
Swirl the pan or stir occasionally;
watch carefully as it melts.
It will sizzle, the solids and fats with separate,
and it will turn a light golden color
and have a nutty, toasty smell.
It takes about 4 to 6 minutes to go through these stages.
When the butter has lightly browned
{don't burn it},
remove it from the stove and pour it over the brown sugar.
Add the pinch of salt and stir until combined.

Combine the egg and vanilla in a small bowl
and add it to the butter-sugar combination,
beat until smooth.
Add the flour and gently stir just until it disappears.
Don't over mix!
Pour the batter into the prepared pan
and smooth the top.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, 
or until the top is set and shiny.
When a tester is inserted into the middle is should come out clean.
If the batter develops shoulders
{sides puff up and are higher than the middle},
open the oven door and gently press them down with the back of a spoon or spatula.
Take care that you don't over bake these;
you want them chewy, not dry.

Remove the pan from the oven;
sprinkle with milk chocolate pieces
{I used chocolate chips}.
Place the pan back in the oven for a minute or two
to soften the chocolate.
Remove the pan and spread the chocolate all over the top of the bars.
Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the warm chocolate.
Let the pan cool for about 15 minutes on a rack.
Using the foil handles,
remove the slab from the pan and place it on the cooling rack.
Cut into bars once it has completely cooled.

The bars, stored airtight, will keep for about three days
at cool room temperature.
They also freeze well.

Bless the food before us,
the family beside us,
the love between us.

It's always a pleasure to have you visit
and please know that your comments never cease 
to bring a smile to my face.
You, my dear friends and followers,
are a sweet blessing!

Once again I want to thank everyone 
for participating in the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
The reveal last week was an absolute delight
and I greatly enjoyed seeing the tea cup and mug loveliness
that all of you received.
I appreciate the time all of you took to take photos of your goodies,
and many thanks to you ladies who shared the event on your blogs.


Please enjoy 25% off your order of $20.00 or more plus free USA shipping
at my Etsy shop Rose Petal Blessings.
This offer is for a limited time only.

I just listed some fun handmade gift baskets.
All you need to do is add tissue paper and your gift is ready to give.

And one last thing. . .
I'm joining Karina from Merciful Moments
this year for her Christmas Ornament Exchange.

My dear friends and followers,
you are more than welcome to join as well.
Registration ends soon so hop on over to Karina's blog
and learn more about this fun event:

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You might find me sharing this post 
at these lovely parties.


Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie, You and your son made an excellent choice. This recipe contains all my fav. ingredients! Oh, how I wish I had the pecan trees from my childhood home - pecans are so expensive this year. I have really enjoyed viewing everyone's tea cup exchange posts - as always, you did a great job of coordinating everything. I wish you a very nice day.

handmade by amalia said...

This looks GOOD. And so beautifully styled. Suddenly my own cup of tea looks very lonely.

Regina said...

Oh those look so scrumptious! I just felt my waistline expand! Thanks sweet Stephanie for this awesome recipe.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, I'll have to make these for my chocolate-loving friends. Think I'll toast the pecans for an extra bit of nuttiness to go along with the brown butter. I've so enjoyed seeing all the posts here and there about your teacup exchange.

Lorrie said...

These look like the perfect sweet treat to accompany a bracing cup of afternoon tea. Thank you, Stephanie!

Debby Ray said...

Oh man...do these ever look good! I watch a lot of cooking/baking shows and I see them using the brown butter but I have never stepped out to try any of the recipes...guess I'm afraid I will burn it! Kudos for your sweet little guy for picking out this recipe. You made it look easy enough for even me! HUGS!

Linda said...

Oh how yummy....smiles...my mom use to make similar bars, only they are called "Magic Bars" and they have m&m's and butterscotch chips and coconut. I'll have to find them and send it to you, if you don't mind.

I will be heading into the hosp. tomorrow for major surgery...and wont be online a for a bit...I am hoping to take my Tablet with. Smiles

Elizabethd said...

How delicious! I'm hungry now!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my word, Stephanie, I know you and I share the same sweet tooth genes somehow!! These bars that your sweet son found, look absolutely amazing and with just a few ingredients. I know I'll be making these sometime soon. Tell your son thank you for finding the recipe! Love and hugs to both of you!

Tamago said...

Aw your son found such a great recipe! Those brown butter bars look so yummy! And sounds simple to make. I would never count calories, especially in front to such sweet desserts :-)

Terra said...

Those bars look so good.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

You had me at milk chocolate and pecans! Looks so yummieeeee! Pinning for a bake fest!

Anonymous said...

Those bars look sooo good! I may have to try them! Janae and I also signed up for the ornament exchange! Oh how exciting! Thanks for sharing!

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

Oh my goodness, those look and sound so delicious! I'm going to have to give them a try. Thank you for sharing my wonderful friend. I hope you have a fantastic day! Hugs :)

Debbie said...

the bars look and sound yummy!!! i always loved time in the kitchen with my boys when they were younger!!!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Your son has great taste! Your Brown Butter Bars look super scrumptious!!!
Have a wonderful weekend with your family Stephanie xx

Karina Sanchez said...

Thank you so much Stephanie for sharing the news about The Christmas Ornament Exchange! Your kindness towards me has made my day.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie, oh these brown butter bars look so good and I bet are delicious. Thank you for the recipe.
Have a nice week and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Cindy said...

Oh those look so good! I will admit, I went back to the top of your post to see if the tea cup was full at the beginning. :)

Teri said...

Oh my dear Stephanie ... These sweet treats look absolutely delicious and so pretty as well. I believe that I will be making these in my little ole' kitchen. I noticed it says for high altitude ... do you know what difference it would be if you don't live in the higher altitude? I hope that you have a warm and cosy evening. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

JoJo said...

Oh you just don't know how much I desired to sneak just a little bite off your plate when you weren't looking but alias, the plate was completely clean on the last pic! {giggles}

Thank you for sharing the Christmas ornament exchange. I'm excited to participate in it.

krishna said...

This is so yummy.. My son has sweet tooth.. I'll bake for him..

Sandra said...

How sweet that your son likes to be with you in the kitchen and create something special. The Brown Butter Bars look and sound delicious. And such a pretty setting served in your pretty plate, cup and napkin.

Margie said...

I have a sweet tooth too so I'm drooling over your yummy bars. I have the teapot and teacup which match black chintz plate and mug. Now I'm off to check out your Etsy store and the Christmas ornament exchange.

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, I think you could put together a cook book with all your pictures of these Yummy desserts. The way you present them and the angles you use is charming. The brown butter bars look so good, and I love the black flowered plate you placed them on. And I noticed you have a coffee cup to match it....lovely. : )

Enjoy the Autumn days, or maybe Winter has arrived there already?


Debbie Harris said...

Hey, I was just there today and you didn't share those delicious squares with me! 🤔
Your photos are excellent, makes me want to grab one off the computer screen.
That's a pretty easy recipe, excluding the "don't burn" part.
Your Shoppe if filled with many, many beautiful items and delightful gifts for Christmas.
You are a busy gal~

Red Rose Alley said...

ps.....I saw your tea cup exchange post, and as always, I'm just amazed at what a wonderful get together you put together. So many pretty and unique tea cups, tasty teas, goodies, and other gifts. Thank you for doing this, Stephanie, and although I haven't participated, it brings me much pleasure just watching from the side lines. ; )

love to you, sweet friend.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I have several friends who have given up sugar. Not gonna happen. I love homemade desserts, cookies and such. These look yummy! Your sweet mom gave me a teapot and cup and saucer that matches yours exactly! xo Deborah

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

These bars sound absolutely delicious. Hmmm, I may have to change up what I was making for dessert and add these in for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, those bars look so delicious! I wonder if you can use semi-sweet chocolate? Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

Anna said...

Yummy !!!!
I prefer quality over quantity....because...you know...the calories... ;)
Have a sweet day !

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

"Get thee behind me Satan"!! Man these look SOOOOO good! I will definitely be pinning this and adding it to my 'sinful' arsenal of fat-inducing goodies!

Sylvia said...

I am counting Carbs instead of Calories. These Brown Butter Bars really looks good and I think if I made them extra small I just might be allowed to eat one.

hobbyloes said...

Your bars looks so yummie, thanks for the recipe.
Have a blessed weekend,

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Stephanie, You had me at butter! :) These sound and look so scrumptious. I am definitely going to give them a try. Love bringing a new recipe treat when visiting my sister.

Your shop is filled with the cutest things! Have to be checking my Christmas list.


Jill said...

This looks absolutely delicious!! thank you for sharing :-)


Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Oh...those look delicious Stephanie. I absolutely love your gift baskets. You're so creative, just like Grandma. Love Aunt Kelly.

Bernideen said...

How yummy - your Brown Butter Bars do look delicious! I love baking too! Thank you for sharing and participating. So many ladies are showing their exchange cup and saucers I know it was a huge success! I am no longer doing "High Altitude" baking and have switched so many recipes "back"!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh my Stephanie, these sound delicious! I have such a weakness for buttery sweets with pecans. Can't wait to try them!! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my goodness...that looks delicious! I have got to try this recipe... Nice to meet you. Leticia

Kate Yetter said...

Wow Stephanie! Your presentation of this treat is amazing! I want to reach right through the screen and take a bite. I love the pretty design on that plate. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Happy weekend and Happy baking!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

These bars sound amazing, and how fun that you and your son made them together! Our son was at my elbow in the kitchen from the time he was about three. Now he's a chef....who knew?

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Anything with brown sugar and pecans and chocolate has to be amazing! I love the Browning the butter part and I bet that adds a really special flavor to these dessert bars. How special that your son found the recipe and wanted to make them with you! As always I love your pictures!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

These looks so delicious, dear Stephanie, and I can see why they would appeal to one special little boy, too! Your tea table looks so pretty with your calico teacup and saucer. Wishing you a lovely week full of sweet blessings. xo Karen

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my I do believe he picked a yummy one to try, it sure looks great, I did not know what develops shoulders meant but that is what usually happens when I make brownies, I didn't know you could press it down with a spoon, love it when I learn knew things :)
Have a great weekend!

Laura Lane said...

They look decadent!
Wish I had a taste right now.
Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage

Louca por porcelana said...

Your dessert looks delicious!Love the beautiful plate too!Hugs.

Pam Richardson said...

Stephanie, what sweet and tasty memories you are making with your son! I am going to try these, they look delicious! My soon-to-be 32 year old son and I started making gingerbread cookies when he was 2 and we still make them! Memories are what the holidays are about! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Blessings and hugs …

PJ said...

Hi Stephanie, this cake sounds amazing and I'm definitely going to make this very soon. I need to start doing more baking for Christmas events that are coming up soon so these would fit in well.
Thanks for sharing about the ornament exchange.
Have a really lovely week.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a joyous and yummy post!

All the best Jan

Esther Asbury said...

Your beautiful photos are making my mouth water! Sounds yummy! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

mmmmm - I just finished supper but I could happily make room for a large piece of this goodie!!

Sheryl said...

Oh goodness, these Brown Butter bars look very tempting and perfect for Christmas - thank you for the recipe, I´m going to try them although I dislike cooking, I have the grandkids coming for Christmas.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Oh my goodness. I would have to be sure to bake these when my husband is home or I would eat the whole pan by myself!

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