The Ultimate Cookie Bars
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Makes: 9 bars
 
Ingredients
Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer:
  • 1½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (or coconut oil), softened
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free mini chocolate chips
Fudgy Brownie Layer:
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (or coconut oil)
  • ⅓ cup pure honey
  • ⅓ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: Chocolate chips, walnuts, and unsweetened shredded coconut for topping the bars
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 340°F. Lightly oil an 8”×8” baking dish; set aside.
  2. For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer: In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the butter (or coconut oil) and honey. Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, blend together until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to mix until well blended.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and continue to mix until incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chips. Then use an angled cake spatula (spreader) to smooth the cookie dough evenly across the bottom of the prepared 8”×8” baking dish; set aside.
  5. For the Fudgy Brownie Layer: In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  6. Place the butter (or coconut oil) in a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Add the honey, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder. Stir the mixture until the chocolate chips begin to soften. Then remove from heat and continue stirring until the chocolate chips are completely melted and the mixture is well combined. Set aside to cool.
  7. In a large bowl, add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined. Then slowly whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture, using a rubber spatula to get all of the chocolate mixture out of the saucepan.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the wet while whisking vigorously. Continue whisking until no lumps remain.
  9. Pour the brownie batter over the chocolate chip cookie dough. For an extra special touch, sprinkle top of batter with a handful of chocolate chips, walnut pieces, and unsweetened shredded coconut.
  10. Bake for approximately 28–30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes out with a moist crumb. (It’s okay if the center is a bit fudgy. Do not overbake.) Remove from oven and allow the dessert to cool completely in the baking dish before cutting and serving. Then cut into 9 bars and enjoy.
Recipe by Bakepedia at https://www.bakepedia.com/the-ultimate-cookie-bars/