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Sep082010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

7:15 AM, any given weekday:

  “MOM!  I forgot--the bake sale is TODAY!”

7:15 AM, any given Friday:

  “It’s Friday?  &#$%*!! It’s my week to bring in classroom snacks!”

2:30 PM, also any given weekday:

  “Mom, you didn’t forget I have to bring snacks to today’s (fill in the blank) meeting/practice, did you?”

6:30 AM, any given weekday:

  “Sweetie, you did remember that there’s a potluck at work, and I need to bring a dessert?”

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Sound familiar?  If we had a dime for every time, right?  We’d have…a lot of dimes.  I have the perfect solution for you!  These are the simplest chocolate chip cookie bars to throw together, and yet, they’re still rich and satisfying.  I’m serious, you can have these in the oven in about five minutes.  At least under ten!  Perfect for the above mentioned situations.  You don’t even need a mixer for these!

Remember the old commercial for Rice Krispies Treats?  The mom would toss flour on her face to make it look like she slaved over them!  You can do that for these.  They’re that easy. 

 

 

These bars are very much like a Blondie in texture, with a gorgeous golden brown crust, and filled with chocolate chips which give you little pockets or melty chocolaty goodness.  Sweet, but not too sweet--I’ve upped the salt from half a teaspoon to a full teaspoon.  They’re truly a hybrid Chocolate Chip Cookie/Blondie.  The best of both, and super simple!  Plus, I'll bet you already have everything on hand to make them.  If you don't, stock up for emergencies.

While we’re on the subject of chocolate chips, my absolute favorite are the Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips.  They’re larger than most chocolate chips, and even after baking, they stay creamy.  The flavor is outstanding, too!  Sure, you can buy more expensive chocolate, and even cheaper, for that matter--these run about $2.79 for an 11.5 oz bag.  I don’t want to waste my money on the cheaper ones, because they taste cheaper, and have a grainy texture.  I’m sure the pricier ones live up to their names, but they’re not available where I usually shop.  Special trips for chocolate chips?  Um, no.  I just don’t have the time, and don’t need to run around when I can get these.  Try them!  You’ll probably catch yourself eating them straight out of the bag.  Not that I do that.  Nope.  What?  I don’t buy two bags at a time so I can stash one to snack on.  Who told you that??

Careful! Don't get caught licking your computer screen!

Unfortunately, I have no clue who to credit for this recipe.  It’s been in my computer files for what seems like forever.  From one of the chocolate chip companies, I’d imagine.  My thanks to the genius that came up with this one!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
makes one 9x13 pan

1 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
11.5 oz bag chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350, and lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan.
Mix the butter and sugars in a large bowl.  Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well.

Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt, stir until completely blended.
Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread into the pan, and bake for 25-27 minutes, or until light golden brown on top.  Cool and cut into squares. 

 

  • See?  Easy!
  • You may not be able to wait for the bars to cool.  I know.  Go ahead, dive in!  You deserve it for all of your “hard work” on these.
  • These are also a life saver when your kids want cookies and you don’t have the time to (or feel like) stand around waiting making one or two pans of cookies at a time.
  • What? Oh, it’s you that wants instant cookie gratification?  Fair enough--been there myself!  Make these! 

   Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

 

 

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Reader Comments (26)

I love these. Fun to do them in a springform pan too and cut them into wedges.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori @ RecipeGirl

Great idea, Lori! Thanks!

September 8, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

Chocolate Chip YES!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen Dean

YUM! They look to die for!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Two words: NOM NOM

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril in CT

yep the best chocolate makes all the difference in the world doesn't it? and these are like the ULTIMATE snack you know?

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervanillasugar

Thank you, ladies!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

They look so good! I just made CC Cookies the other day and ate most all of them myself. For some reason that seems to happen in our house. Not to mention I really enjoy snacking from another bag of CC's while I'm baking!

Delish, Elle!

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Hey, I recently blogged about easy cookie bars but I'm really diggin yours. You hooked me as soon as you mentioned they were blondie-ish. :)

Yes, my children do that. They'll call me from school while I'm at work to say that they told their teacher I would bake something for the class. I do believe the teachers were in on it as they let the kids use the class phone during class. lol, one teacher was in the background telling one of the twins to tell me that she didn't ask for me to bake. :) Btw, if we got those dimes they'd help pay for the sugar and butter.
~ingrid

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteringrid

as someone who's too lazy to make cookies but enjoys them immensely, i'm a big fan of the cookie bar. great pictures, elle!

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergrace

I am a slut for Ghirardelli chips. They really do make the best. I find semisweet chips to be tooth-achingly sweet but the bittersweet and milk ones are divine. And you feel like you're getting more because they're bigger and they do keep their shape. And all this is coming from someone who--shh!--doesn't like chocolate all that much. (Will that get me kicked out of the sisterhood of food?)

Gorgeous photos!

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Memories...I do remember those days but kids now grown so wondering if the call I just got qualifies? 'Mom, can I bring some friends over for dinner tonight?'

Barring that, I don't need others schedules to force me to make these, I'm thinking there are those days when 'It's Cookie O'clock!'

September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara | VinoLuciStyle

i'm convinced my hubby would propose again if i made these. he's such a chocolate chip cookie fiend!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Elle, lovely photos and post. I was thinking about Blondies the other day and then my mind wandered to chocolate chip cookie (bars). It has been forever since I have had a cookie bar. I am drooling over your virtual treat ... keep them coming as they are better for my hips!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChez Us

This is so funny. I loved the way you started this post. Made me smile. Thanks for such a great recipe.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah@buttered-up.com

I tried this and i found them to be too salty so maybe try 3/4 tsp next time but definitely liked the consistency. would try it again

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNeomi

I've got a pan of these babies cooling on a rack! I'm bring them to my PTSA board meeting tomorrow night so I won't get to taste them until then but they look and smell great!
~ingrid

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteringrid

i just made these and did not like them. they were way too "cakey", not a good texture and not a great flavor. i expected them to be dense and compress between my teeth. instead, it was dry and crumbs were everywhere.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthuze

So sorry they didn't work out for you, thuze. I've never had that happen, and I've made these dozens of times. Perhaps they were overcooked? At any rate, I'm sorry!

September 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

Neomi, Definitely reduce the salt if it's too much! I like my sweets a bit salty. Sorry about that!

September 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

I make something similar and love them so much I usually end up eating most of the pan! Bad! And boo hoo I discovered Ghiradelli chocolate this summer in the US when I bought some to bake and it was so much more delicious than what I buy to bake with here in France. Sad.

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Elle, I tried these cookies just now. These have been on my bookmarks forever now. And this holiday season, we had a cousin reunion and we've not stopped eating since Dec 17th and this was easily the best dish we've eaten all month. Including the holiday feasts.

Thank you SO much. I've looked far and wide for the perfect choco-chip cookie recipe. But this is the end of that search. This is it. Thank you :)

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA&N

I've made these three times and they are amazing every time. I just ventured out into a snowstorm to buy chocolate chips so that I can make these this afternoon. Thanks for posting!

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Nancy, you're so welcome! I'm happy that you love them as much as we do. Just be careful out there! ;)

January 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterElle

My husband suggested making chocolate chip cookie bars instead of cookies so I have this Perfect Brownie Pan Set and I only used it once. So I've decided to use it with this recipe. They are baking in the oven and look good so far. I am hoping this comes out right because I used margarine instead of real butter and the mix was too creamy and I had to add more flour to thicken it up. Will post when they are done.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Well they came out good. They are a little cake like but that is probably because I added too much flour. They are big too. The top is nice and sticky, like not soft but not too hard. Great recipe, next time I will get real butter so I don't have to use so much flour. Thanks!

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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