Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I can’t get enough of anything that involves chocolate chips and dough.

I could eat chocolate chip cookies everyday. I feel like eating them everyday. Which means I think about them everyday (this can’t be a good thing?).

After we baked these this afternoon my boyfriend asked me, “Natasha, if they were calorie free, would you just sit down with a fork and eat that whole tray?”.

What kind of a question is that? HECK YES I WOULD.

I would eat some form of chocolate chip cookie goodness for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time if it were calorie free.

If only.

Well, a girl can dream.

Unfortunately, chocolate chip cookies are full of calories, so these went to a friend of Boyfriend’s who he works with, who reads my little blog and who apparently bugs him every shift to bring her some baked goods (yes, you know who you are!).

I have been meaning to make these bars for a while. This is actually the same recipe as this, but baked in bar form.

Even easier. Even gooier. Even better.

Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod, whose recipe seems to come from Baking Illustrated.

165g unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled until warm
1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar (7 ounces)
1/2 cup white sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups + 2 tbsp plain flour (10 1/2 ounces)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1  1/2 cups chocolate chips or chunks (milk or dark)

Preheat the oven to 170 C and line a 22 x 32 cm (9 x 13 inch) pan with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat the butter and sugars together until smooth.

Add the egg, the egg yolk and mix until combined.

Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix (on a low speed) until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips until they are mixed through the dough.

Press the dough evenly into the lined pan. You may want to use your hands here. I did.

Sprinkle with sea salt (optional and bake for 20-25 minutes, until slightly golden. Allow to cool before cutting. Makes 20-24 bars.

These are so easy to make that I stood by and instructed as Boyfriend made them all by himself (it was hard, just standing by. I am a control freak). He has made cookies with me about three times already and when they’re done he always goes “What? That’s all? But I wanna mix more!”. Cute.

11 Thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  1. Your last pic got me craving, I wished that I could dive in my screen and have a bite at your deliciously looking cookie bar :) love this post. nice pics.

  2. Did you not use Vanilla in this recipe, or did you forget to post it?

    • Hi Dana, no I didn’t use vanilla in everything. I don’t always think my chocolate chip cookies need to taste anything like vanilla! Sometimes I just prefer to add more salt and get flavour that way.

  3. Those look PERFECT

  4. What about pecans? would I have to change bake time? What about wax paper instead of parchment?

  5. the dough was a little dry, normal?

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