Although I don't love drinking Bailey's Irish Cream (way too sweet for me!), I LOVE baking with it!!! And these Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are one of the best things to come out of my oven all month! They taste just like my Bailey's Chocolate Chip Cookies... but SO much easier!
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup (213 grams) light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons (43 grams) Bailey's Irish Cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs plus one egg yolk, at room temperature
2 and 1/4 cups (269 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 and 1/2 cups (255 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus more for the top, if desired
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line an 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spray parchment, and any exposed pan, lightly with non-stick spray, set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes, then scrape the butter into a large heat proof mixing bowl.
Whisk in both sugars and mix until well combined. Stir in the baileys and vanilla. Then add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined.
Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and espresso powder, mixing until just combined.
Finally, fold in the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 34 minutes, or until the edges are firm and golden and the center is just slightly wobbly.
Cool in pan for at least 1 hour before cutting. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt before serving, if desired.
Recipe by Baker by Nature at https://bakerbynature.com/baileys-irish-cream-chocolate-chip-cookie-bars/