Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

by kitchenarian on March 12, 2012

I have missed you, so I baked something yummy for you.

I can tell it’s been a while since I have been baking because I have a lot of butter and eggs in my kitchen! The husband asked me over the weekend why we had four dozen eggs in the refrigerator. Oops! It’s been a little crazy around here with my older son on Spring Break and the start of lacrosse season for both my boys. There has been lots of running around and preparing quick, late night meals.

Well, since the kitchen is stocked with all the baking essentials, I am ready for Sous Chef to come home this week! I am so excited to see her; it has been too long. I know that there will be lots of kitchen activity while she is on Spring Break, so in order to get back in my baking groove, I made these chocolate chip cookie bars.

What I love about cookie bars is that you mix up the ingredients and put it all in one pan…and voila you have a delicious dessert. While cookies are almost always worth the effort of hanging around the kitchen to make dozens of little bite-sized delights, my schedule this week only allowed for a quick mixing and one pan baking. Bake these up for your family, but don’t tell them how ridiculously easy it was! The brown sugar and butter really stand out in this treat, you will love these! This recipe is adapted from a 2006 recipe in Cook’s Illustrated: Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon table salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ sticks unsalted butter, melted & cooled
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips, any variety

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; allow excess to overhang edges. Melt butter at a low temperature in a saucepan and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

Whisk butter and sugars in a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Next, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined. Fold in chips and spoon batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with spatula. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until top is a light golden brown and bounces back slightly when pressed. Cool on a wire rack. Remove bars from pan by lifting foil overhang and transfer to cutting board. Makes about 2 dozen cookie bars depending on how big you slice them.

 

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Tya @ Note Etc. March 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

that cookie bars looks delicious, I love it, at it sounds perfect to late night meal

cheers

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Anita at Hungry Couple March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

Yummy! This looks great. Thanks for sharing it.

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I love cookie bars too! Yum

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Sous Chef March 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Save some for me when I come home! :)

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Kiri W. March 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Oooh, these look so perfect! :) Lovely recipe!

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Lacy @ NYCityEats March 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Yum these look amazing! I’m yet to conquer the cookie bar but seems so perfect to bake & cut instead of shape them before hand. And the fact that these are chewy are just more motivation to try this recipe out. Looks delicious!

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Emily @ Life on Food March 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I made blondies for the first time in a long time and I completely forgot how easy it is to make bars. Lovely dessert!

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Happy When Not Hungry March 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

So simple but so delicious!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

Have a great time with Sous Chef when she is home! My 6 year old is on spring break this week, enjoying just hanging out! These bars look perfect!

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Alida March 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm

You are so right. Cookie bars are a great dessert for when you have limited time. These bars look fabulous!

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FreeSpiritEater March 14, 2012 at 2:22 am

Omg I was staring at the photos for quite some time there imagining taking a bite. It looks so chewy, chocolatey and delicious, bravo! Congratulations on a much deserved Top 9! Buzzed ya =]

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kitchenarian March 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thanks!

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Christina Bailey March 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

I love baking bars with all sorts of garnishes – but chocolate chip are the best!
If you’re ever in a time bind, you can cheat and use a box cake mix with just the oil and eggs, and you’ve got a thick cookie bar batter. Cheers!

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Geraldine Saucier March 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

How delicious:) Your cookie bars are fantastic. Great post.

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Ally March 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Oh yes please, can you send me a batch via FedEx!?
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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Liz March 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

I have a batch of these sitting on my kitchen counter…a staple in our house. Your recipe is a wee bit different, so I must try it for comparison! They look perfect!

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Kita March 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Oh wow – 4 dozen eggs. I don’t even know where I’d put all of those. These bars make me want to go pull out some butter and eggs though, at this point it would be a trip to market ;)

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Tiffany March 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm

The only thing better than a chocolate chip cookie is a chocolate chip cookie bar! I can’t wait to see what other creations come out of your well stocked kitchen!

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Jeannette July 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

mmm these look good enough to eat ;)

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Meenakshi July 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

These look so soft and crumbly and delicious! I absolutely love chocolate chips; I add them to almost everything I bake. These are better than cookies because they seem chewier. Cookies have their own charm, no doubt; but sometimes bars are better :)

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Rowena January 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Subs: I always use whole wheat flour.
Subbed 1/2 cup apple sauce for 1/2 cup butter
Left out the 1/2 cup white sugar
Added 2 tsp. cinnamon

Delicious! Thank you for posting the recipe.

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Marci September 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Wow. Made these on Sunday and they are easy to make and delicious! Now they will be a new to go fav!

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