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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie Bars

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie Bars-I love everything about these cookie bars! 

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Today is my birthday and we are celebrating with my all-time favorite cookie bars, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie Bars. Most people eat cake on their birthday, but I eat cookies. I wouldn’t turn down a piece of birthday cake, but I always prefer cookies.

These cookie bars have all of my favorite things in one recipe-brown butter, chocolate, hazelnuts, and sea salt. I could easily eat the entire pan by myself…and I just might. It is my birthday and calories don’t count on birthdays…or when you are pregnant. So yeah, I am definitely eating the entire pan. Sorry, I was going to share with you, but you can make your own pan:)

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I am 32 years old today! 32!! How did that happen? I love birthdays and I am not afraid of getting older. I actually think life improves with age. So bring it on 32! I am ready for you!

Today I am sharing my 32 birthday wishes. Yes, I get 32. It’s my birthday so I get to make up the rules and one wish isn’t enough! I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions, but I am making wishes for my year! My wishes aren’t in any particular order, I just hope they all come true:) They are a mixture of wishes, wants, goals, and desires!

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1. Health

2. Happiness

3. More patience.

4. A healthy baby…preferably a boy! :)

5. Monthly dates with my husband.

6. Write letters to loved ones, letters not emails. Good old snail mail!

7. A trip to Hawaii.

8. Lots of laughter.

9. Tune into family and tune out social media (not completely, I just need to be better).

10. Meet Tim Riggings (Taylor Kitsch) :)

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11. Write in my journal on a regular basis.

12. Have regular dance parties in the kitchen with Josh and Caleb. Caleb has sweet moves:)

13. Keep exercising…even when I am 9 months pregnant. Any exercise is better than no exercise!

14. Eat more cookies:)

15. Read a book every month.

16. Cook for fun! I cook A LOT for the blog, but I want to cook just for fun. I don’t want to take pictures of everything we eat.

17. A pair of Tieks :)

18. Sleep more. Hmmm…this one will be interesting with a new baby on the way:)

19. Say I love you more.

20. Read a bedtime story to Caleb every night…even if I am tired:)

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21. Be more spontaneous.

22. Master my dad’s cinnamon rolls.

23. Entertain more often…and not stress about it:)

24. Go hiking with my family…when the snow melts.

25. Make homemade bread every week…or at least every other week!

26. Enjoy the little things in life.

27. Wear red lipstick.

28. Give thanks daily.

29. Be a better listener.

30. Do some canning this summer.

31. Print more pictures. I take a lot of pictures, but I am horrible about printing them for books and frames.

32. Take one day at a time and enjoy the journey!

I am looking forward to being 32! I have a feeling it’s going to be a GREAT year! It is already off to a fabulous start…you can’t go wrong with starting 32 with a pan of Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie Bars! They are the best way to celebrate!

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie Bars

Yield: 16-24 cookie bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Brown butter cookie bars with chocolate chips, hazelnuts, and a sprinkling of sea salt! I love everything about these bars!


2 1/8 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, skins removed
Sea salt, for sprinkling over cookie bars


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until butter turns golden brown, Skim foam from top, and remove from heat. Pour into a bowl to stop the cooking, leaving any burned sediment behind; let cool.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the browned butter and sugars together until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix on low, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts.

5. Pour cookie dough into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle cookie bars very lightly with sea salt. Bake cookie bars for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the bars are light golden brown and the edges start to pull away from the pan. Cool bars on a wire rack to room temperature. Cut bars into squares and serve.

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71 Responses to “Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookie Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 5, 2014 @ 3:48 am

    Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day and year, Maria!

    Your bars look so good. I love browned butter and the melty choc chips are the best! pinned

  2. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — February 5, 2014 @ 4:32 am

    Yum~these sound amazing. Happy Birthday! With a start this delicious, I bet you’ll achieve all those great goals this year.

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 5, 2014 @ 6:16 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA! I love all your goals! Especially to tune out social media and tune into family and to cook for fun, and not take pictures of everything. I should adopt those goals too.
    Theses bars look crazy awesome and melty and chewy…perfect!

  4. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — February 5, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    I have a lot of the same wishes and goals as you for my year. (Although Hawaii is on my wish list every year and hasn’t happened yet…someday!) Reading your list I was thinking we are a lot alike, but I also realize we are at the same stage in life and young moms typically want and think about similar things. I hope you get everything on your wish list this year! Enjoy your cookie bars! (They look incredible, by the way)

  5. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — February 5, 2014 @ 6:49 am

    Happy birthday, Maria! It is just like you to post a scrumptious cookie treat for your birthday and your readers. :) So sweet! I’m absolutely nutty about any dessert treat with hazelnuts and chocolate. These look phenomenally good and need to be made ASAP! Wishing you a fabulous year in 2014. May all your hopes and dreams come true! xo

  6. sylvia — February 5, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    Happy birthday. Hope all your birthday wishes come true.

  7. annie @ chase that i love — February 5, 2014 @ 7:08 am

    Have a wonderful day! And year :)

    Those are all such great goals. The photo goal reminds me of the jim gaffigan bit about everybody having computers full of pictures, instead of albums. I loved leafing through old albums my mom and nana had. I really should start printing more things, too.

    Those bars look so gooey in the middle. Perfect with a frosty glass of milk.

  8. Happy Birthday! 32 is so young!! The thirties are the best years, enjoy them!!! Love your goals and the cookie bars!

  9. BeccaV — February 5, 2014 @ 7:40 am

    Happy Birthday Maria! Thank you for sharing your life and wonderful recipes. Have a wonderful birthday!!

  10. Brittany — February 5, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    Love this post Maria! I hope you have the happiest of birthdays.

    PS – This Cookie Bars look amazing.

  11. Kathleen Sturgis — February 5, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    Happy Birthday Maria! Have a wonderful day. I’m with you. I’m not much of a cake person unless it’s ice cream or cheesecake – I like filling and icing. And I love cookies. I’ll be turning twice your age this November, so I’ve collected lots of cookie recipes over the years!

  12. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 5, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    Happy Birthday Maria! Hope you enjoy this day with your loved ones and those bars look great.

  13. Jenny Flake — February 5, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    Maria!! Happy Happy Birthday! Your cookie bars are to die for, hope you have a sweet day with your family! xoxo

  14. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — February 5, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    Happy Birthday, Maria! Cookie bars are the perfect way to celebrate. Love your list of goals and wishes.

  15. Liz — February 5, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    Happy Birthday, Maria. Eat all the cookies you want and more.

  16. Heidi @foodiecrush — February 5, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    Hey! *wink* Happy birthday sweets! You have a fantastic year ahead of you Maria, so excited to see what it brings. Here’s to health and happiness and maybe a little bundle of pink :) DOH!

  17. Linda — February 5, 2014 @ 9:55 am

    Happy Birthday Maria. Hope you feel like eating lots of cookies.

  18. Liz @ Virtually Homemade — February 5, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Happy birthday. That is quite the list! Looks just like mine. The cookie bars look delicious – love the hazelnut and brown butter combination.

  19. Tieghan — February 5, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    Happy Birthday!! Hope you have an awesome day and great year, Maria!!

    These bars look so good!! Love that melty chocolate!

  20. Martha in KS — February 5, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Happy Birthday!! I hope Josh cooks you something special.

  21. Heather Christo — February 5, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    32 is a great year Maria :) In fact, I think you are right- every year further in to the 30’s I get, it is better and better! I love that you put together a list- I think I will start doing that- it is a gentle reminder that we want the best for ourselves and our family. Happiest Birthday Wishes! (and these are some amazing looking bars!)

  22. Katrina @ WVS — February 5, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    I love everything about these cookie bars too! They look so chewy and delicious!

  23. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 5, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    Such a great list! Happiest of birthdays again! You definitely deserve to enjoy the entire pan yourself :)

  24. Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 5, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    I think we should celebrate by me eating these bars. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  25. Alma — February 5, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    You sure know how to celebrate! Happy 32nd! To honor you I’m making a pan today.

  26. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — February 5, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    Happy Birthday Girl! I love brown butter anything! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  27. The Healthy Apple — February 5, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Sending you HUGE birthday hugs; I’m a February baby, too! Miss you and hope you have a wonderful day.
    Hugs from NYC.

  28. Kris — February 5, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    Happy birthday! A quick ?? on your Hazelnut Cookie bars – can they be made with a different nut?

    • Two Peas replied: — February 5th, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

      Yes, you can use a different nut or leave the nuts out!

  29. Amanda — February 5, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    Happy birthday girl! What a great list, I hope they all happen for you :)

  30. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — February 5, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    Happy Birthday Maria! I hope you enjoy a day filled with sweet treats and lots of love from family and friends.

    Ps. these bars look amazING.

  31. Beth — February 5, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    I’m sure your comment about wanting a baby boy has the best intentions (maybe you’d like that special brother bond for your son, I don’t know), but it makes me feel a bit queasy. At a time where Indian and Chinese baby girls are aborted for their gender, can we just agree that a healthy baby, rather than a boy baby, is “preferable”?

    In any case, I came to your site for the cookie bars and am looking forward to baking them! Thank you!

  32. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — February 5, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    Happy Birthday, Maria!!! Yay for 32!
    These bars look amazing! I love desserts with brown butter!

  33. OMG!!!! Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have an amazing day! And hooray for Feb bdays!

  34. Beth — February 5, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    Happy Birthday! Mine’s tomorrow :)

  35. Nancy — February 5, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  36. Julie @ Table for Two — February 5, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

    Happy birthday, Maria!! I’d celebrate with eating a pan of these with Mr. Kitsch 😉

  37. Gaby — February 5, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Maria!! I hope you have the best day and these cookie bars look like a pretty good start!

  38. Tina — February 5, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    Happy Birthday, Maria! I hope you have an amazing day & enjoy your cookies! :)

  39. Auntiepatch — February 5, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  40. Lana — February 5, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    Happy Birthday, Maria. Wishing you a fantastic birthday and amazing year!! Enjoy your birthday cookies!

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