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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Next time you reach for a box of brownie or cookie mix…STOP! Make these instead. They’re just as fast as a mix, I promise. And chances are you’ll already have all the ingredients already in your pantry if you bake more than once a year. The recipe (from Cook’s Illustrated, once again) makes a 9×13-inch pan that’s just the right thickness, and has the perfect ratio of chocolate to dough.

This is also perfect if you’re feeling lazy but really want chocolate chip cookies. Because who wants to spoon out dough and bake in batches? Not to mention if you’re a fan of chewy, soft cookies, then this is also a recipe for you. OK, it’s really a recipe for everyone, I guess. It’s chewy, chocolatey, one-bowl, super fast and simple. What’s not to love?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

2 1/8 c AP flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
12 T butter
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 t vanilla
2 c chocolate chips (about one 12 oz bag)

1. Preheat oven to 325. Melt butter in a large microwave safe mixing bowl.

2. Add sugars and mix until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

3. Dump in your dry ingredients except chips, and fold together with a spatula or wooden spoon, just until combined. Don’t overmix or the gluten will develop and make the cookies tough. Fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Spread in greased 9×13 pan (the dough will be a little greasy, but don’t worry). Bake until just set in the middle, 27-30 minutes.

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17 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. Heidi Says:

    I love that these are in bar form, it’s so much less hassle!

  2. Karly Says:

    I bookmarked these to try later this week. My kids are sure to love them!

  3. Sara @ Our Best Bites Says:

    Oh yum, I love a chocolate chip cookie in any form!

  4. mchl.cst Says:

    What does the T for the butter mean?

  5. lacey Says:

    Lowercase t is the standard for teaspoon; uppercase T is for tablespoon.

  6. Erin Says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made it this morning and was super pleased with how it turned out. I wrote about it on my blog and linked back to a few of your posts (loved the Food Network rant). Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Erin Says:

    Oops…forgot to give you the link:

    http://nagle5.blogspot.com/2009/08/chocolate-chip-cookie-bars.html

  8. Shannon Says:

    Lacey!
    Was soooooo excited to bake these luscious looking chocolate chip cookie bars. I jumped on my iPhone to read the recipe and thought 2T butter…huh…that doesn’t seems to be enough butter. When I bake cookies it’s 2 sticks! I carried on following your superb directions. When I got to the fold part, nothing was really folding!!!! Hmmmmm. I went back to the instructions and went over twice & noticed 12T butter!!!!!!!!! Now that’s more like it ;-) How did I miss the 1 in front of the 2?!? (Blonde had nothing to do with it, really! *chuckles*) The rest of the butter was added in the end, and how did they turn out you ask? 8 more minutes in the oven. Can not wait to taste them. Stop by my desk in the morning and I will let you know. For now, bake bake bake!

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    I took these to a large family gathering and they were gobbled up in minutes. Everybody loved them :)

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