Chocolate Chip ‘Lunch Lady’ Bars

These are chocolate chip cookie bars that reminded Sherri over at Yum of the chocolate chip bars she used to have in her school cafeteria. Hence the name “Lunch Lady Bars”.

In Australia, when I was in high school, there were no school cafeterias.

Instead, we had canteens, where we lined up to buy awful things like hash browns, sausage rolls, meat pies or chocolate bars for lunch before going and sitting on the ground somewhere to eat them. How civilized.

I always dreamed of having a proper cafeteria at school with tables and chairs, trays, lunch ladies and yummy, fresh food.

But as there was no cafeteria, there were no lunch ladies to bake me chocolate chip bars (I was totally missing out, huh?), so I was curious about this recipe.

I was also curious that it has no butter, but uses vegetable oil instead, and wanted to see how they would turn out.

And they just look so delicious in these photos on Taste and Tell. I had to make them.

These turned out to be the chewiest, softest, gooey-est chocolate chip cookie bars I have ever eaten. The flavour is just a little different, what with the lack of butter, but the texture is great, so soft and chewy. Not a touch of cakeyness or crumbliness in sight.

They actually taste like raw cookie dough. And I love raw cookie dough.

Adapted from Taste and Tell.

1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 170 C and line a 9 x 13 inch pan with baking paper.

In a large bowl, combine the vegetable oil and both sugars well with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.

Gradually add the flour, baking soda and salt, mixing well to combine. Finally, stir in 3/4 of the chocolate chips.

Spread the dough out in the lined pan and top with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool before cutting. Makes 20 bars.

26 Thoughts on “Chocolate Chip ‘Lunch Lady’ Bars

  1. These look fantastic and quite scrumptious too!

  2. You all have chocolate chips in Australia! That’s nice. I’m kind of sick of chopping chocolate into all different sizes. Anyway, those look really amazing. My school cafeterias only made wacky cake as dessert and it’s still the only dessert they make. These look way better!

  3. This is definitely a nice treat for my sweet tooth craving for choco chip goodness! Great pictures!

  4. I love substituting butter for oil! Thank you so much for sharing this!! :)

  5. I wish my school cafeteria served things like this! I always bring my lunch because the food is so awful. These look so tasty :)

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  7. These bars look fabulous! And nice to meet a fellow Aussie – in still going to school sans cafeteria and I’ll tell you, they have not stopped selling those lunches, only added vege options 😛
    Wish they would sell these 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Hahah, I’m not surprised Choc Chip Uru, I don’t think those lunches will change anytime soon!

      • Still going to school (in australia!!) at the moment, there are still canteens, nothing has changed, those giant lines after classes have finished, and getting there late always meant the worst food, or a salad with wilted veges…. :( but these brightened up the day, and these were so much better than some skittles, that were not a very good recess, at all. Love these want to make another batch soon. :))))))))))

  8. I was searching for a recipe for chocolate chip bars with no butter (because I didn’t have any) and this recipe came up. I made a double batch with my 2 and a half year old son while the other kids were at school. The only variation I did was add a half cup of rolled oats (the kids will never know or care lol) and since I made 2 pans I put pecan halves on one of the pans. I also added a few teaspoons of vanilla out of habit. These are wonderful! I might not go back to my butter recipe! Like the author said, they are very chewy and not like a chocolate chip cake. The kids loved them. Thank you!

  9. Not only delicious, but another plus is that stirring the batter is quite the work-out! 😀

  10. melissa gheen on October 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm said:

    it says 170 c, does that mean i should do 338 f?

  11. Would you personally prefer this or the choc chip cookie bar recipe?

  12. I’ve made these several times now, and they come out perfectly every time (in fact, there’s a pan baking in the oven as I type this) :D. At first it was my go-to recipe whenever I was low on butter…now I use it even when I have tons of butter, since that’s become so expensive. Plus, I never have to soften butter, just add the oil and done! Thanks for a great recipe.

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