Recipe and photos submitted by Jessica Armitage, Recipe by Sara Sullivan
When you’re a photographer who’s stuck inside all day during the pandemic, I think it’s only natural to start taking photos of your home life. For me – I’ve been focusing on baking and improving my food styling skills. This cookie bar recipe comes from my long-time friend (since 4th grade!) Sara Sullivan, who has the baking Instagram account @saralynn.bakes.
If you’re looking for the familiar delicious-ness of classic chocolate chip cookies, but with a little pizazz, check this recipe out. The brown butter adds a few extra steps, but is so worth it. When you cook the butter down, it brings out a deeper, richer, more intense flavor. And if you’re feeling fancy – try using half salted-caramel and half dark chocolate chips instead or regular ones. Happy baking!
2/3 cup salted butter
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Melt butter in a sauce pan at medium heat. Once melted, continue to cook while whisking constantly. The butter will begin to foam. Once the liquid underneath the foam is a dark caramel color, pour the butter (including any grainy solids on the bottom of the pan) into a bowl and set it on the counter to cool slightly. Place in refrigerator to re-solidify. Finally, remove from fridge and allow to warm to room temperature.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 11 x 7in baking pan.
3. In a large bowl, cream together prepared butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch. Gradually stir this dry mixture into the wet mixture. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine
5. Spread the resulting dough in an even layer in your prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the finished treat from your oven and set on a wire rack to cool before slicing. Enjoy!
TIP: To enjoy the warm & gooey effect after these cookie bars have cooled, place one on a plate and microwave for 20 seconds.
Jessica Armitage is a life-long resident of the Finger Lakes, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Find more of her work at Armitage Photography.