Cookies. Sweet, glorious, cookies. I rarely make good ol’ chocolate chip cookies for any specific purpose. When I make cookies it’s usually just because I can’t stop thinking about them and want to eat them, period. Problem is, by the time I make the dough, eat the dough, and then get one pan baked off (and eat a bunch of cookies warm off the pan) I’m done with my cookie craving. And then I’m left with the task of rolling all the rest of the balls, baking the rest of the sheets, and waiting 8-10 minutes at a time to take each one out of the oven. (Don’t tell me to freeze the dough, I’m not into that.) Sometimes it’s sort of annoying, which is why I like to make them in bar form once in a while. It’s a really quick and easy way to get the same soft and chewy home-baked cookie, but just…squared. These are super quick to whip up. It probably takes 5 minutes to measure everything out, mix it, and have it in the oven. Bam. Cookie-time.
Start with a mix of brown and white sugars.
Mix that up with some melted butter, and then add eggs and a generous splash of vanilla.
Once those are incorporated, sprinkle in your dry ingredients a little at a time: flour, baking soda, and salt.
Lastly, you’ll need some chocolate chips, and you can use any kind you like. I never use milk chocolate in desserts because I think they just turn out overly sweet. So I go for semi-sweet or dark. In these, I particularly like a mix of semi-sweet and white so I’m using half and half.
Once those are mixed in, you’ll press the dough into a foil-lined 9×13 pan. A pan with straight corners works best, and I always line my pans for bar cookies because it makes it infinitely easier to cut them afterward, when you can just lift the entire giant bar right out.
Now you’re probably noticing a little somethin- somethin on top. I always save a few chocolate chips to sprinkle on top, and I also like to sprinkle toffee on top. I find that toffee bits mixed into things like this usually end up melting and just adding sweetness, but sprinkled on top, they form sort of a caramelly- crackly crust that’s amazingly delicous.
So just pop the entire pan in the oven and bake ’em up. They’re done when the edges are just golden brown and you can tell they’re set up. The middle will still appear pretty soft.
The absolute hardest part of this is waiting for these bad boys to cool. If you sneak out a square right out of the oven, it will be gooey and doughy and fall apart. As they cool they continue to set up. If you’re going to serve them before they’ve cooled all the way, I suggest putting them in a bowl with ice cream on top.
Otherwise, cool completely to room temp and then cut into squares. These are slightly crisp around the edges, and super soft in the middle, and basically heaven in a bar.
Perfect for a weeknight treat, a potluck party, or breakfast. We won’t judge.
Soft and Thick Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Recipe by Our Best Bites
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cups white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (any kind you like, or a mix)
1/2 cup toffee bits (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with foil and lightly spray the bottom with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, white sugar, and melted butter. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring between each addition, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients a little at a time until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips (save a few for the top if desired). Once dough is thoroughly mixed, press into the prepared baking pan. Bake for about 25 minutes (all ovens are different, set timer for 20 minutes to start checking on them. They will bake for 20-30, 25 is perfection in my oven.) Remove from oven when edges are golden brown and center appears set, but still soft. Cool completely to room temperature and then cut into squares.
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