Soft ‘n Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

This weekend was all about chucking out the old to make way for the new!

Saturday brought our big, community-wide garage sale where we guzzled coffee, haggled here and there, and made a pretty penny for our no-longer-precious items…

And Sunday brought boys, beer, and sledgehammers to help tear apart our backyard deck.

See ya later, woody! Time to build a better space for all those summer parties up my sleeve…

Basically, the weekend called for a cookie. But, zero energy to whip up cookies coupled with a need for chocolate (and NOW) put me in a predicament.

Enter the lazy girl’s guide to cookie bliss…

Mel’s amazing recipe sent me straight to my cupboards once I saw how delicious hers looked. Soft and crumbly, with a bit of chewiness. Perfection in a 13×9 pan!

Because, seriously, who has time to wait for cookies?!

So, I got my cookie, the boys got the rest, and all was right with the world! I love a happy ending, don’t you?

Make these cookie bars for everything. For parties, baby showers, yourself, your grandma, whatever! They’re really totally incredibly awesomely amazing.

Would one more adverb convince you? Lovely!

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Soft ‘n Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: Makes about 25 bars

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (or any kind you prefer)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking soda together; set aside. In a separate large bowl, whisk melted butter and sugars in until combined. To the butter-sugar mixture, add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla; mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold in dry ingredients until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips. Turn out batter into the prepared pan, pressing into an even, smooth layer with your hands.

Bake until bars are lightly golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 23-26 minutes. Let cool to room temperature in the pan. To remove bars, lift the foil overhang and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Enjoy!

TIP: These bars also freeze well. Place in a resealable bag or container. Thaw in your refrigerator or on your countertop.

Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

      

32 Responses to “Soft ‘n Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 8, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    Nothing better than a chewy cookie bar! Love these!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 8, 2013 @ 2:17 am

    Sounds like you had a busy weekend, but it’s a nice ending with these delicious bars! It sounds easy for me to bake too, and I can’t wait to give this a try!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 8, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    These look wonderful! Yay for a new outdoor patio space. That’s exciting.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 8, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Cookie bars are the best when you don’t have the time or don’t want to wait!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 8, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    I bet the new deck will be wonderful! Just in time for summer. :) I love making cookie bars – so much easier than actual cookies. No spreading, no individual scooping, etc. Love these!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 8, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    I have SO much stuff I want to get rid of and sell but the hubs hates yard sales so looks like we’re donating everything. I couldn’t be bothered to do it all myself! But man I’ll gladly take a piece or two of these cookie bars off of your hands ;)

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 8, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I have been on a major bar kick recently – they’re just like cookies, except SO much easier to prep + even thicker/richer. WIN! Your cookie bags look amazing.

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 8, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    and by “cookie bags” I mean “cookie bars.” TYPO! =P

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 8, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    What a busy weekend! The cookies are perfect to share with the boys for their help!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 8, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    Perrrfect!!

    Sometimes you need somethin quick for those cookie cravings ;)

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    Paula — April 8, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    I love happy endings! Must make my (your/Mel’s) happy endings sometime this week.

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    DessertForTwo — April 8, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    I’m so obsessed with anything Mel makes. Isn’t she the greatest?

    You reminded me how much stuff we need to get rid of in the basement!

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    Sister Spice — April 8, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Looks like the perfect cookie/brownie combination!!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 8, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    These chocolate bars are divine! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 9, 2013 @ 2:43 am

    Oh yum, your cookie bars look so delicious!

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 9, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Happy endings are especially delightful when they come in cookie bar form!

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    Dina — April 9, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    i love baking bar cookies and what’s better than chocolate chip?

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    Pam — April 9, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    They look hard to resist! YUM.

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    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — April 9, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Time for spring cleaning! :) Can’t wait for our neighborhood garage sale and get rid of our old stuff.

    You’ve made these cookie bars look absolutely stunning! I’m ready to dig in!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — April 9, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Georgia, I LOVE these cookie bars! Cookie bars are my go-to when I don’t feel like individually rolling dough .. and bars happen to be my favorite dish to make. Love!

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    CCU — April 9, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    One of my favourite recipes of yours my friend, too delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Liz — April 9, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    You and I were on the same wavelength! Love the ease of cookie bars…and my family is just as happy with them as cookies! Yours look perfect!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — April 9, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    These are classic! Spring seems to make us want to refresh and renew. We have a lot of that to do around here too!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic — April 9, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    I agree that bar cookies are kinda like cheating…nothing wrong with that though! These look so delish and I can’t wait to try them. Good luck with rebuilding your deck.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 9, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    I just had dinner and I’m craving dessert – the banana bread I have just doesn’t sound nearly as good as these cookie bars!! And I’m in a crazy hormonal chocolate mood – so these totally win!

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    Gaijina — April 10, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Wow, these do look delicious!!! Any time of the day!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — April 10, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    omg. i totally need this bars in my life. now!

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — April 10, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    I love love love garage sales- looks like you got some great finds!

    And I don’t doubt that you deserved one of those yummy bars at the end of the day!

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    Julie @ A Simply Sweet Blog — June 2, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Just made these last night for a family dinner – they were great and SO easy! Featured them in a blog post here: http://asimplysweetblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/easy-chocolate-chip-cookie-bars.html

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Pamela — November 16, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    Will this fit nicely if I use a 8X8 in pan?

    • Georgia — November 17th, 2013 @ 10:43 am

      I’ve never tried it, but it might work. You would need to increase the baking time slightly (just keep an eye on it) and you would definitely end up with thicker bars.

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    dana — May 18, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    Love these cookie bars!!! I actually use dark brown sugar it makes them more soft and chewy. I also use 1 table spoon of vanilla it really brings out the flavor of the chocolate.

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