The Ultimate Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate chip cookies have been my favorite treat for as long as I can remember. There are so many different recipes for them with a variety of textures, and tastes. In fact, I have loved cookies so much that for every birthday I’ve had, I requested a chocolate chip cookie cake.

If you’re like me,  a fan of chewy, chocolatey goodness, then you’re in for a treat! These chewy chocolate chip cookie bars are the perfect blend of a classic cookie and a decadent bar. They’re easy to make, incredibly satisfying, and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a party, looking for a sweet snack, or just want to indulge in some homemade goodness, these cookie bars are sure to hit the spot.

To get started, you’ll need some basic baking ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and, of course, chocolate chips. The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and greasing a 9×13 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate, larger bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then stir in the vanilla extract.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, ensuring they’re evenly distributed throughout the dough. Spread the cookie dough evenly into the prepared baking pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting them into squares.

One of the best things about these cookie bars is their texture. They have a slightly crispy edge with a soft, chewy center that makes them irresistible. The combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar gives them a rich, caramel-like flavor, while the chocolate chips add bursts of sweetness in every bite. If you prefer your bars a bit gooier, you can reduce the baking time by a couple of minutes, but be sure to watch them closely to avoid underbaking.

Cookie bars are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in various ways. Serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert, or pack them in lunchboxes for a sweet midday treat. They also make fantastic party favors or holiday gifts when wrapped in decorative packaging. For a fun twist, try adding nuts, dried fruit, or even a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce on top.

In conclusion, chewy chocolate chip cookie bars are a must-try for any baking enthusiast. They’re easy to make, require simple ingredients, and deliver an unbeatable combination of textures and flavors. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. So, grab your ingredients and get ready to bake up a batch of these delicious cookie bars – your taste buds will thank you!

Ultimate Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These homemade chocolate chip cookie bars are the best blend of chewy and crunchy, delivering a punch of flavor in every bite. They are super easy to make, yet sure to be a big hit.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Cooling Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate chip, cookie bar, cookies
Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Create Wet Ingredient Base

  • Preheat your oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9 x 9 baking pan, or line with parchment paper for easy removal. Melt the unsalted butter.
  • In a large bowl, combine the packed brown sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla together. Whisk together until smooth.

Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients

  • Add the baking powder, salt, and flour into the wet ingredients. Mix together until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Baking

  • Pour the batter into the pan, making sure it is evenly spread out. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the top is set and slightly golden. Don't over-bake to keep the bars soft. Once it is finished baking, remove from the oven and allow for cooling. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe would go great with any add-ins such as dried nuts, dried fruits, etc. I like to sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of the mixture in the pan to make sure they look pretty when coming out. These cookies are a crumbly bliss, with a soft inside and a bit of crisp on the edges. Happy Baking!

As a passionate baker, I believe that the joy of baking should be shared. That’s why this recipe is designed to be easy to follow, making it accessible for bakers of all levels. I encourage you to put your own spin on these bars – try adding nuts for extra crunch, or a swirl of caramel for a decadent twist. And when you’ve mastered this recipe, share the love! Bake a batch for your neighbors, coworkers, or anyone who could use a little sweetness in their day.

Remember, the key to perfect cookie bars is to watch the oven carefully – they’re done when the edges are beautifully golden and the center is just set. Let them cool before cutting into squares, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor with a cold glass of milk or a steaming cup of coffee. Happy baking!

 

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