Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Guess what? This is my 100th post! If I’d had the foresight, I would’ve made something extravagant, but alas, it only occurred to me today. Oh well, these chocolate chip cookie bars are pretty damn tasty, so they’ll do just fine for the celebration.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

These chocolate chip cookie bars are awesome because they’re so easy to throw together. I love cookies, but they can be a huge pain to make. Often there’s dough chilling involved and because I have a tiny oven, I usually have to cook them in two or three batches, which just takes a lot of time. With chocolate chip cookie bars, everything is thrown together and the dough goes straight into the pan and into the oven. Simple as that.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Like chocolate chip cookies, the bars are soft and chewy on the inside with a slightly crunchy exterior, but because they’re so much thicker than a cookie, they are even softer and chewier. They’re great to have lying around to snack on or to give as a gift or just to make one night when you’re craving chocolate and sugar.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

170g butter
2 cups plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicarb soda
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup caster sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1¼ cups chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Melt butter on the stove over a low heat or in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Line a 30cm x 20cm cake pan with aluminium foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix plain flour, salt and bicarb soda. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar and caster sugar, then whisk in egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, and stir until dough has just come together. Add chocolate chips, and mix to combine.
  4. Spoon dough into prepared pan and use a spatula or your fingers to flatten to fill pan. Bake for 23-25 minutes until golden and edges are firm to touch. Cool in pan for 15-20 minutes, then remove from pan and use a sharp knife to cut into five rows and four columns for 20 bars. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from The Comfort of Cooking.

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9 comments

  1. Congratulations on your 100th post Alice! And I think these bars are PLENTY awesome enough to celebrate with. They look great 😀

    1. Thanks Jess!

  2. These look delicious! I think they’re a perfect 100th recipe. Congratulations!

    1. Thanks potlucktam!

  3. Congrats on the 100th post! And what a great recipe for it too – these chocolate chip cookie bars look delicious and I bet tasted just so incredible.

    1. Thanks Thalia! They sure were tasty.

  4. These look addictive and oh so delicious! I bet they’d be great for sending care packages, whereas a lot of times cookies break in transit. Congrats on 100 posts!

    1. Thanks CakePants! Sending them in care packages is a great idea!

  5. Yum. And congratulations! These would be fabulous with crystallized ginger, too!!!

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