So my son went back to school today. For all my talk about being ready for them to go back, I’ve gotta admit I’m sad (especially for my little monkey that starts kindergarten next week…I kind of blinked and she wasn’t a baby anymore.)

Will. Not. Cry. (Already am.)

So anyway, for whatever reason, it was really important to me that I pack him an extra-special lunch for his first day back at school. And that meant making one of his favorite treats to pack in his lunchbox.

I don’t know where this recipes comes from–it’s been scribbled and shared and filed and copied for as long as I’ve been baking. I love it because I almost always have the basic ingredients and the ones I don’t usually have (the different flavored chips) are easy to switch out for what I do have. They’re rich and sweet and gooey and perfect for a first day of school. For excited kids and sad moms. Yeah, I totally just admitted to eating my feelings.

You’ll need salted butter, light brown sugar, 2 eggs, all-purpose flour, and vanilla. Nope, you don’t need baking soda or baking powder.

You’ll also need 3 different types of baking chips; I usually use chocolate, white chocolate, and peanut butter, but I’ve used butterscotch chips in place of peanut butter chips in a pinch.

Spray a 9×13″ pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside. Preheat your oven to 350. Place the measured brown sugar into a large mixing bowl (sidenote: have I ever mentioned how one of my favorite simple pleasures is measuring out brown sugar?)

Melt the butter and add it to the brown sugar.

Mix until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and combine.

Place the batter in the prepared pan

and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Allow to cool completely. When they’re cool, combine some chocolate chips and coconut oil or shortening in a Ziploc freezer bag and seal. Heat in 15 second increments, mashing the bag each time to combine the chocolate and oil, until the chocolate is melted and smooth and combined with the oil. Cut a small corner from the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Allow the chocolate to harden and cut into squares.


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