Gooey Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Ooey, gooey brown butter topping loaded with oats, chocolate, and coconut. All atop a buttery shortbread crust. Melt in your mouth good. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 bars 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
Shortbread Crust
Brown Butter Topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make the shortbread crust: Cut the butter into chunks. In the bowl of your food processor add all shortbread ingredients – flour, salt, sugar, and butter. Run the processor until the dough comes together and forms large chunks. This usually takes a good 30 seconds to a minute. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish and press evenly along the bottom and about 1/4 inch up the sides. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes until very pale golden.
  3. While the shortbread is baking, make the filling. First, brown he butter. Melt the butter in a light colored saucepan or skillet (using a light color vs nonstick makes it easier to see the color of the butter as it browns). Melt the butter over medium heat, stirring very frequently until the butter turns an amber and golden brown bits form at the bottom. About 5 minutes. Be careful, it will go from brown to burnt very quickly. Remove from heat and stir in the sugars and salt. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the sugar and brown butter has slightly cooled, stir in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Next, stir in the oats, coconut, and chocolate chips. Pour the mixture over the shortbread crust.
  5. Return the bars to the oven and bake for another 17 to 20 minutes. The top will be golden, firm, and set. They will continue to set up as they cool.
  6. In order to cut them easily, allow them to cool completely. Once they have slightly cooled at room temperature, you can also put the bars into the fridge to speed up the process. Once cool, cut into bars. Using a fine mesh sieve, dust with powder sugar right before serving.
Recipe Notes

Leftover bars can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days… but they won’t make it that long 🙂