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.
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.
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
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
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
- Melt butter on the stove over a low heat or in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Set aside to cool.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.