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Friday and these Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting…the BEST combo!

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

I have been waiting to share these cookie bars with you guys for far too long now. These are the sweetest treats you can make this February…and also the easiest.

They’re buttery, doughy, soft, and frosted with an extra light, fluffy, sweet white chocolate frosting. Indulgent? Yes, for sure, but after a month long of healthy January eats, I figured it was time for a splurge recipe.

Anyone else agree?

Good. Now let’s chat about them.

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

First things first, these are not your average sugar cookie. Most importantly, they are made using browned butter, which is possibly the best way ever to use up a stick of butter. Browned butter is just that, it’s butter that has been browned. It’s golden, toasted, and hinted with a delicious nutty flavor. It’s truly the best and takes these sugar cookies from good to amazing.

Second, these are not roll out sugar cookies, No No. These are sugar cookie bars, and they’re better, easier, and tastier then any other sugar cookie.

OK. Fine that may be just a bit of an overstatement, but these sugar cookie bars are really freaking good. Let’s just leave it at that.

And the best part? No rolling, no chilling, and no fuss.

Yes, please.

For the cute little hearts you see on top of the frosting, I simply melted both milk chocolate and white chocolate, put them each into separate ziplock sandwich bags, snipped a small portion of the corner off the bag, and then drew out hearts onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I froze the hearts until the chocolate hardened and was then able to use them like giant chocolate sprinkles on top of my cookie bars. Really cute and fun, but also a lot better than just sugar filled sprinkles.

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

I made these sugar cookie bars with Valentine’s Day in mind, but today’s a pretty darn good day to make them too. For one it is Friday and we all know how I feel about Fridays and cookies. They just go hand in hand. In my opinion, every Friday needs a cookie…or at least something sweet.

And two, the 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies are happening tonight. Well, technically they kicked off at six am eastern time this morning (which if you are wondering is 8:00 pm in South Korea), but my guess is that most of you will want to watch the television broadcast that will air tonight at eight pm Eastern time on NBC. If you caught yesterday’s Homemade Potsticker recipe, you should already have plans to be making those tonight. And now you have your dessert plans!

As you can see, I have your Olympic Ceremonies menu all covered. You are so welcome!

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

In all seriousness though, I do truly love these cookie bars and they are perfect for all occasions from Valentine’s Day, to Olympic viewing parties, to birthdays, to a simple quick and easy Friday night treat.

And if you do end up making these tonight and enjoy them while watching the opening ceremonies, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the wild Gerard clan in the crowd of people. Pretty sure all eighteen of us will stick out like a sore thumb. You’d think I’d be embarrassed, but I love my crazy family.

Only wishing I could cheer on Red with a cookie bar in hand. He would love that! But hey, at least you guys can!!

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting | halfbakedharvest.com #valentinesday #cookies #recipe #easy

Browned Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 14 bars
Calories Per Serving: 407 kcal

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Ingredients

White Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup high quality white chocolate chips, melted and cooled to touch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • melted chocolate and white chocolate, for decorating

Instructions

  • 1.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper. 
    2. Add the butter to medium pot. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Let cool 5 minutes. Beat in the sugar, and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until evenly combined. Add the flour and baking soda, beating until combined and the dough forms a ball. Press the dough into the prepared baking dish. Transfer to the oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until just golden on top. Let cool completely before frosting. 
    3. To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl with a hand mixer) beat together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the melted white chocolate, and vanilla, beat until combined 
    4. Frost the cooled cookie bars and decorate as desired. Cut and serve. 

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Friday night cookie bars in for the win!

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  1. These sound great! How did you make the white chocolate decorations? Is it just white chocolate melted or do you add anything else to it?

  2. I’m going to make these tonight and try adding blueberries + lemon zest on top for a summery twist!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank so much for this recipe! I made this up for my hubby and employees and it was a major hit 🙂 Thanks for all the deliciousness you bring in my life! I look forward to each recipe you send to me! This recipe was so easy oh and I made it even easier and used already made icing and still amazing!

    1. Hi! Yes, the butter for the frosting should be soft. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    wow – – these are good – – very easy to put together and they really do taste like a sugar cookie – thx!!! – my 9×13 is a glass pan so it did take a bit longer (maybe 5 mins more) – but again – DELISH

  5. 5 stars
    I made these for Valentine’s Day for my fiance and they were FANTASTIC!! This was my first time making one of your recipes and I will definitely be making more!

    1. I would use 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Congratulations to your brother and your family on his gold medal! How wonderful! These cookies are amazing looking. My son and I will make them. We made your Christmas sugar cookies with the caramel buttercream frosting and they were a hit. I just want you to know that your desserts are so beautifully decorated. You have this wonderful talent of being able to present them in a rustic, non fussy fashion that makes them over the top beautiful. Thank you so much for your postings!

  7. Holy shit! Your brother won the gold! This is the coolest thing that has ever happened. I feel like MY little brother won.

    I am so proud of him!

    Xoxo

  8. SOOO excited and crying with happiness…Seeing your brother achieve his awesome dreams against all those elite athletes..
    An amazing performance and we all got to see your whole family support. Cannot imagine what this has to be like….
    All the broadcasters kept saying that Red’s entire family were their to support him….fabulous!! So verklempt…Congrats to your whole family that all contributed to this monumental feat!!!

  9. RED WON!!!!! WOW!!!!!! I got to watch the finals live on NBC- it was so exciting to see him win the gold!!! First medal for the US as well!

    Also these cookies look amazing and festive! 🙂

  10. Love the recipe cannot wait to try it! Also love, love, love Red!!!!! Woo Hoo ! You and your family must be so proud!!! We Americans are too!!!! God bless America!

  11. 5 stars
    This might have to be made this week. This looks really tasty and mmm…brown butter, you can’t go wrong with that, yum!
    Congrats to Red and his first gold medal!! His third run was amazing and flawless!! I bet you all are ecstatic!

  12. So happy to hear about your brothers’ win. You are also a gold medalist in my mind. Your recipes are delicious and pictures are beautiful.

  13. Ahhhh we just watched your brother win gold!!! Congrats to him!!!! Looking forward to more deliciousness when you get back but for now just celebrate!!

  14. We’re cheering your brother on as we watch the Olympics tonight. I cannot imagine how proud your family must be. Enjoy the experience! I’ll be sure to enjoy this dessert.

  15. 4 stars
    So happy Red made the finals – how cool to have a brother in the Olympics! I really enjoy your recipes – this was great because it’s a bar.

  16. Hey Tieghan,
    I love these cookie bars and agree they would be lovely for any occasion. 🙂 Maybe I can bake my mom some for Easter or spring break, when I visit, and add white chocolate drawn eggs!
    I hope you’re having a nice time in Korea! What all have you done so far? I hope you enjoyed the opening ceremonies!
    I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s post and hearing more about your trip. 🙂
    Sleep well.

  17. These sound amazing! Do you think that they would be okay to ship to someone? Or, should the frosting be excluded in order to safely ship? Love all of your recipes – thanks!

    1. I would ship the bars and frosting separately and then I think it would be great!! The frosting does not harden, so I worry it will smudge during shipping. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  18. Simple sugar cookie bars have always been one of my favorite desserts Tieghan! Love the browned butter! I’ll most definitely need to bake a batch for my Valentine!

  19. I will definitely be making these for Valentine’s Day week this year. They look delicious and so much easier than rolling and cutting out the cookies! Enjoy South Korea with your family and best of luck to your brother! I will be tuned in and watching!

  20. Browned butter is heaven, so these cookie bars must be beyond addictive! Good luck and have fun at the Olympics girly! xo

  21. 5 stars
    These are so cute and look yummy.
    Hope you all have a safe trip and Red does well. I told my sister and her husband to watch for him. They love watching all of it.