Dear Crissy

Brown Sugar Brownie Bars

Brown Sugar Brownie Bars

One day last week, while visiting my parents’ home with the kids, a serious sugar-craving came over me. Of course, I didn’t meet much resistance from my parents or the kids, so, I started raiding the cabinets for ingredients.

I found everything I needed to make these quick and easy brown sugar brownie bars!

Brown Sugar Brownie Bars

Brown Sugar Brownie Bars

I will tell you, these brown sugar brownie bars are not tooth-achingly sweet, and that’s sort of what I loved about them.

The flavor of the brownie (which is really sort of the consistency of a soft cookie), is sweet but not overpowering. The addition of the chocolate chips really up the sweet-factor just the right amount.

Brown Sugar Brownie Bars

I found the original recipe, for brown sugar brownies, on AllRecipes.com.

Some of the reviews suggested using melted butter since the batter tends to be very thick. I utilized this tip, and found that the batter spread into the pan pretty easily.

Brown Sugar Brownie Bars

Overall, these brown sugar brownie bars hit the spot. They tasted especially delicious warm! I actually only sprinkled chocolate chips on the top of the bars, because I had just a small amount on hand, but, I would suggest mixing a full cup into the batter.

Brown Sugar Brownie Bars

Oh, and if you love cookie bars, you’ll want to check out this amazing recipe for cake mix cookie bars while you’re at it, too!

Brown sugar brownie bars

Yield: About 20 brownies

Cook Time: 25-20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips


Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 9 inch pan.


Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In large bowl, beat together melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth.


Add flour mixture gradually, then stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool slightly. While still warm, cut into bars with a sharp knife.


Slightly adapted from AllRecipes.com.


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17 Comments

  1. Shanaka — May 30, 2013 @ 10:50 am (#)

    I will have to give this recipe a try. I love your photography. I just purchased my first dslr and hoping that I can learn enough with it to better my food photography.

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  2. Kelsey Apley — May 30, 2013 @ 11:03 am (#)

    Looks simple enough!! Plus I would love to be munching on one of them right now, they look so good!!

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  3. Amber Edwards — May 30, 2013 @ 11:15 am (#)

    Oh I love that!! Your pictures make me want to just reach into my screen and pull one out and bite it! Oh they look delicious! Love your suggestions to making the recipe better!

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  4. Ellie W — May 30, 2013 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    I’m going to make these this weekend for my grandsons. They sound delicious!! Thank you for the recipe.

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  5. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen — May 30, 2013 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    Oh wow, this looks amazing. I love how the ingredients are all pantry staples. Sometimes simple is truly the best when it comes to baking.

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  6. Hali — May 30, 2013 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    These look so good! If it wasn’t so hot today here in NY, I’m in the mood to bake. :)

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  7. Linda White — May 30, 2013 @ 2:34 pm (#)

    I make my chocolate chip cookie recipe in a 9×13 pan like brownies and they turn out a lot like these!

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  8. JulieD — May 30, 2013 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    Crissy, these look fantastic!!

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  9. Laura — May 30, 2013 @ 3:38 pm (#)

    Wow…they look so good!! I’m keeping this..must make these!

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  10. Tazim — May 30, 2013 @ 5:38 pm (#)

    Looks delicious! Great pictures, too.

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  11. Dina — May 30, 2013 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    they sound good. i don’t like things too sweet so they sound just right.

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  12. Rae — June 1, 2013 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    Tried these today and they were tasty and just the hint of sweet I needed. Thanks!

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  13. Vladi — June 2, 2013 @ 11:31 pm (#)

    Just made this – delicious & super easy. I used about 2/3 cups of brown sugar (and not “packed”), and it was great. I’ll use less than 1 cup of choc chip cookies next time. I’ll definitely make it again. Super easy & delicious. It’s better than the recipe I had for choc chip cookie squares. Thanks, Crissy.

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  14. Joelle W — June 3, 2013 @ 8:19 am (#)

    Thanks for the GREAT recipe. My teenage son and I think we are cookie/dessert experts and he declared that these bars are “better than chocolate chip cookies!”

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  15. Becky Ryan- Willis — June 5, 2013 @ 11:24 pm (#)

    These look like they are really, really good!

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