Brown Butter Sugar Cookie Bars with Salted Caramel Buttercream

These were amazing but very sweet. Not too sweet but sweet. The salt on top helped. Highly recommend!


13 tablespoons butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 room temperature eggs

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 For the sugar cookie bars, preheat oven to 325. Spray 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

2 In a medium size saucepan, cook the butter over medium heat and whisk until browned. (It will become frothy and start to have a nutty aroma. Should take about 3 minutes.) Remove from heat.

3 In your mixer bowl, combine browned butter, dark brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, and eggs and beat until incorporated. Add flour and salt and beat just until combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake 22 – 25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

4 For the salted caramel buttercream, in a medium saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil. Stir in milk and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar. Spread over cooled bars and sprinkle with sea salt.

recipe from The Recipe Critic

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