These are the finest chocolate chip cookie bars ever! This cookie bar recipe is simple to prepare (takes just 5 minutes to mix and 20 minutes to bake) and yields a gooey, chewy, doughy yet fully cooked chocolate chip cookie bar that is completely delicious. Drop in a dollop of vanilla ice cream and savor while still hot!
What do you do when the urge for chocolate chip cookies strikes, but you just don’t have the time (or stamina) to scoop, roll and bake numerous batches of your favorite treat? Have some bars with chocolate chips in them! They’re just as delicious (and dare I say, even more, gooey and doughy) as the real thing, but you barely have to lift a finger to make them!
You won’t find a better recipe for chocolate chip cookie bars than this one. The best part is this can be whipped up in 5 minutes and baked in another 20!
To make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars:
This recipe for chocolate chip cookie bars calls for just 10 basic ingredients that you probably always have on hand. Before diving into the steps to make these cookie bars, here are the simple ingredients you need.
All-purpose flour: All-purpose flour, preferably unbleached, should be used to make these cookie bars. Make it gluten-free by substituting all-purpose gluten-free baking flour.
Sugar Brown: Light brown sugar adds a wonderful taste to these cookie bar cookies. Dark brown sugar can be substituted for white sugar to provide a richer, more molasses-like flavor.
When I bake, I only use organic cane sugar. Nonetheless, white granulated sugar of any kind will do nicely here.
Butter: These bars are deliciously made with either salted or unsalted butter. Yes, I do use the salted variety! You may need to add more sea salt if you go with unsalted.
Sea salt: I only use genuine sea salt while baking or cooking. Since sea salt and regular (iodized) table salt have different flavors and textures, the latter should be substituted for the former at a ratio of 1:1.
Chocolate chips: For the chocolate chips, choose whatever kind you like most. As for chocolate chips, my personal favorite is either dark or semisweet varieties. If I don’t have chocolate chips, can I use a chocolate bar instead? YES! You may swap out the chips with chopped chocolate if you like.
Steps To Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars:
Step 1: The first step in creating these cookie bars is to cream the butter and sugars together.
Step 2: Then, whisk in the vanilla extract, egg, and remaining sugar until everything is thoroughly combined and the sugar has completely dissolved.
Step 3: The dry ingredients can be combined in a separate bowl before proceeding with the recipe, which is what I would do to guarantee uniform distribution, or they can be thrown into the mixer on top of the beaten wet ingredients. If you’re using a mixer, do so until the ingredients are just incorporated and the dough is smooth all over.
Step 4: Throw in some chocolate chips (or whatever else you’d like) and whisk them in on a low speed until they’re spread throughout the dough.
Step 5: Into a lined and greased 8 x 8-inch baking pan, press the cookie bar dough using a spatula until even. On top, sprinkle a couple of extra chocolate chips if desired.
Step 6: Throw it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
The overall result is undeniably delectable! Chocolate chip cookie bars that are gooey, chewy, doughy, and thoroughly cooked. Dessert heaven is created when served with a dollop of ice cream!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some tasty Mix-ins?
Some options for additional mix-ins for these cookie bar recipes are:
Sprinkles: This cookie bar recipe is just waiting for some festive sprinkles. Christmastime calls for red and green, while Halloween calls for black and orange.
White chocolates: Put in some white chocolate pieces or chips!
Peanut butter chips
How to store/freeze?
Finally, after 30 minutes, remove the cookie bars from the oven. Note that the longer they cool, the more they resist breaking when sliced.
These cookie bars may be kept fresh in the fridge for up to a week or frozen for up to two months in an airtight container.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Absolutely delicious chocolate chip cookie bars. In just 5 minutes of mixing time and 20 minutes in the oven, you can have a chocolate chip cookie bar that is tempting and irresistible. Top with a dollop of ice cream while still hot.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 16 Cookie Bars 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
½ c. granulated sugar
½ c. light brown sugar packed
½ c. butter softened
1 egg, large
1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 c. chocolate chips
½ teaspoon sea salt
Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9-by-9-inch square baking pan with butter or shortening and line it with parchment paper. Put aside for now.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in another bowl. Put aside for now.
Cream together the butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Beat in the egg and vanilla to the butter/sugar combination until well incorporated.
Beat in the dry ingredients until they are well incorporated. Chocolate chips should be added and the mixture should be stirred until the chips are uniformly distributed. In a preheated baking dish, press the cookie dough evenly into the bottom. Sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top (if desired).
Allow to bake for 18-25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the edges are firm.
The bars need to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes after baking, so set the baking sheet on a cooling rack (preferably longer, they hold up better as they cool). Once the cookie bars have cooled, use the parchment paper to remove them from the pan.
Need to feed a big group? To make a full 9×13-inch pan’s worth, simply double the recipe and bake for 20 to 25 minutes (or until the edges are golden brown and the top is lightly browned and set).
- Serving Size: 1 cookie bar
- Calories: 217
- Sugar: 20.4 g
- Sodium: 119.4 mg
- Fat: 10.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 30.5 g
- Protein: 2.7 g
- Cholesterol: 26.9 mg
Keywords: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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