Saturday, February 27

Salted Chocolate Cookie Bar

A year or so ago, I was at Target and decided to get a treat from the Starbucks inside.  They had an intriguing drink called a Salted Hot Chocolate, and on the barrister's recommendation, I tried it.  And, I loved it!

Now a days I seem to be seeing salted chocolate everywhere.  And that's not surprising given that it is a fantastic combination.  So, here's my take on the chocolate and sea salt combination.  I was inspired by Pink of Perfection's Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars and Southern Living's Shortbread recipe.

8 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

4 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
sea salt for sprinkling on top

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment.  Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla extract and beat.  Add flour and salt and beat until combined.  Press dough evenly into pan.  Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Allow to cool.

Chop the chocolate into pieces.  Place the pieces into a bowl.  In a small saucepan, combine the milk and butter.  Heat the milk over medium heat, stirring occasionally until just simmering.  Add the milk into the bowl of chocolate and let stand for a minute.  Stir until the chocolate is melted.

Pour chocolate over cookie.  Sprinkle sea salt over the top.  Refrigerate cookies for 3-4 hours.  Cut bars and serve.

Bake at 350
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Kelly Howard said...

These sound wonderful! I promised to start making weekend treats for the family after 2 months of less snacking. We love chocolate just about best. Share with me your fave chocolate cake recipe, if you have one...if you don't mind!

TidyMom said...

I haven't tried salted chocolate or the salted caramel yet either! This sounds really yummy! I'll have to give it a try!!

CJ {Pink Tea} said...

Kelly... Your comment got me thinking. I can't remember when I last made a chocolate cake. However, I have already seen at least one posted on Bake at 350's Flavor of the Month. I'm going to have to look into this now.

CJ {Pink Tea} said...

Tidy Mom... if you like darker chocolates, I highly recommend it.

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my! This just might be the best idea ever!

SnoWhite said...

oh, yum!! thanks for the recipe -- I love dark chocolates :)

Jeanne said...

Oh wow! I love salted chocolate, so I'll definitely have to try these. I bet they taste fantastic!

cookies and cups said...

oh yum! I hadn't ever tried that drink at starbucks...i wonder if they still do it?!
These look like they would be love at first bite ;)

Kate said...

These sound amazing! I'm going to have to add them to my to bake list!

Amy said...

Salt + Chocolate = One Happy Amy

I am so trying these!

Elaine said...

Oh boy.....I know I have to try these! said...

Hi! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday. I love the salted hot chocolate from Starbucks. I can remember the first time I had it-date night with the hubby! Anyways these cookies look SO good! Thanks for posting the recipe!

Heather said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I love salted chocolate, and am totally going to make these this afternoon :)

My boys say "Thanks", too!

Heather said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I love salted chocolate, and am totally going to make these this afternoon :)

My boys say "Thanks", too!

Lydia said...

Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday as well...

These look and sound WONDERFUL! My husband and I both love dark chocolate- anxious to try them.

Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

How tasty! I always like looking at treats like this!

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