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Brown Butter Oatmeal Currant Cookie Bars

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  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


For an oatmeal cookie, which sounds innocent enough, Brown Butter Oatmeal Currant Cookie Bars are incredibly rich and decadent.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup currants (or raisins)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk continuously and be careful not to let it burn. Gently boil the butter until it foams, and then turns brown and has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat, transfer to another bowl, and allow to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. When brown butter is cool, whisk in brown sugar and egg.
  5. Pour butter mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Mix in the currants.
  7. Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper, leaving excess paper hanging over the edges.
  8. Press dough into the dish and bake for 20-22 minutes.
  9. Allow the cookie bars to cool completely before lifting out of the dish onto a work surface to cut into bars.
  10. This recipe makes nine large bars or twelve medium bars.


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 316
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 274mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 56mg