This recipe is quick to come together, feeds a crowd, satisfies that salty/sweet craving and elevates your basic cookie bar recipe! There is serisouly nothing NOT to love about this dessert. I’ve been making these bars for my crafting events and after lots of requests for the recipe, I thought I would share it here!
As always if I’ve tweaked a recipe I will make sure to share the orignial with you~giving credit where credit is due!
This recipe is altered from an amazing gal with an AMAZING food blog. You can find the orginal here.
My version backs off on the sugar, offers a little more lift and flavor, plus it boasts my ALL TIME FAVORITE salt. Yes, I have a favorite salt…I’m weird like that!
Salted Cookie Bars
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 heaping teaspoon baking soda
- 12 tablespoons salted butter melted and cooled to room temperature
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract (if you have vanilla bean paste that would be preferred)
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
Melt the butter and let it come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9×13 inch glass baking pan. In a bowl mix together all dry ingredients and set aside. In a second bowl or kitchenaid mixer, beat the melted butter and surgars until creamy. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Make sure not to overbeat. Stir in the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips. Mix till incorporated throughout. Press the dough into the prepped baking dish. Lightly sprinkle the dough with the sea salt flakes and use the back of a spatula to gently press in place. Bake the bars for 25 minutes. Be careful not to over bake or they will be dry and crumbly. The edges shuld be puffed and golden brown. Cool completly before cutting. When serving, sprinkle and additional bit of sea salt on the bars.
See how easy?! Besides the added step of melting and cooling the butter these bars practicly come together on their own!
Before I leave you to it, lets talk salt. My eyes were completly opened to the diversity of salt thanks to the documentary Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. If you havent seen it, I highly recommend it! During the Salt portion of the documentary, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes are mentioned by name several times. Enough so that I went on a hunt to try it myself.
It turns out, this type of salt is easy to find at most stores that are a step above your local grocery shop. Think Whole Foods, Fresh Market…etc… If you are in Okinawa, IVANO sells it. I linked Amazon for y’all since that is universal. Once you try this finishing salt you’ll try and put it on everything! It has a distictive shape (like tiny pyramids) that lend to the most satisfying crunch when eaten. Making any dish you add it to shine.
Okay, I’m off my salt soap box! Happy eating!