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?”
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??
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
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!