Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are soft, chewy and chocolaty!  They will satisfy your cookie cravings in one pan!  You need to make them.

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Sometimes making cookies can be a bit of a chore…it’s not the mixing, it’s more the time it takes to bake the full batch of dough. It’s not a lot of time, but sometimes you just want to get everything done in one shot, know what I mean?  That’s why cookie bars are SO great.  You make up a batch of cookie dough, press it into a baking pan and voila, you’re done.  Soft, chewy delicious cookie bars ready in minutes.  Perfect for cookie cravings that need to be satisfied stat!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars {A Pretty Life}

The recipe has 3 eggs and lots of brown sugar, which makes them so soft and chewy.  But the real key to soft cookies is how long you bake them for.  The recipe calls for 30 minutes of baking time which yields a very soft and chewy cookie, maybe even for some, too soft.  So if you like your cookie bars a little more done, just bake them longer.  If you don’t like any chewiness, bake them for 5-10 minutes more.  We personally loved the softness of the bars, so the 30 minute baking time worked for us.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These bars far surpassed my expectations for a chewy and soft chocolate chip cookie.  They are divine.  DIVINE.  And I love how simple they were to make.  They would be a great idea for a bake sale, or a hostess gift too – just cut them up into bite size pieces and you’re done.  You’ll want to make them…trust me.  And have a glass of milk ready because these bars are chocolatey and rich.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Description

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are soft, chewy and chocolaty!  They will satisfy your cookie cravings in one pan!  You need to make them.


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Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 cups plus 2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
  5. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  6. Mix in the vanilla.
  7. Gradually add the flour mixture into butter mixture, and stir until just combined.
  8. Mix in chocolate chips.
  9. Press the cookie dough evenly into the pan. ** See notes for a tip you can’t miss **
  10. Bake until the cookie bar is golden around the edges, about 30 min.
  11. The sides should look more puffed up than the centre, so don’t worry…this is the key to chewy chocolate chip bars!
  12. Cool in the pan until the cookie slab is completely cooled. You can even put it in the fridge if you like.
  13. Once the slab is has completely cooled, remove the slab from the pan, by holding the parchment paper. Place it on a cutting board and cut into squares. These are rich, so 1 inch squares will likely be perfect!

Notes

The dough is sticky, but I found that the dough pressed into the pan much easier once it was chilled. If you can, place the dough into the fridge for about 10 minutes before pressing into the pan.

Recipe adapted only slightly from King Arthur Flour

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars 3{A Pretty Life}

Have a delicious day!
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17 Comments

  • Reply Kirsten G. November 7, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Thank you for sharing! These would be a great treat to add to our school lunches.

  • Reply Beverly November 10, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    I love soft cookies and cookie bars. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

  • Reply Creatively Homespun November 12, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    This is gorgeous!! I bet it’s also delicious! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I have pinned your recipe to our Tasty Tuesday’s Pinterest Board.

  • Reply Tianna November 12, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    omg yum! everything is better in bars IMO haha. thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  • Reply Winnie November 14, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    These simply look fantastic!! Who wouldn’t love them? 🙂

  • Reply Deb- It's me, debcb! November 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    These look delicious. Thanks for linking up at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party!

  • Reply gigi November 14, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    You had me at “chewy cookie”!!!

  • Reply Lou Lou Girls November 15, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  • Reply Wendy@Living Almost Naturally November 16, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

  • Reply Stick War Game April 12, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    I made these at high altitude and the batter was very very dry! I added another egg and that fixed the problem

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